Behind the Scenes of Impact Investment Policy-Making

World Economic Forum  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Finance
31. August 2018

There is growing interest in how impact investing can achieve both domestic and international development policy goals, as well as some recognition that governments can help to build the market and scale the investment approach within the mainstream financial industry. Drivers for government involvement in impact-investing are complex. Even so, three broad themes have emerged which, although not exhaustive, provide some insight into the drivers and accelerators for government interest:
– Action agendas and global momentum, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have highlighted the role for the private sector in meeting global commitments
– The drive for more efficient public services and social interventions, particularly through the use of social impact bonds and pay-for-success models
– Fostering innovation by creating new, sustainable, market-led solutions to social and environmental issues

WEF | Behind the Scenes of Impact Investment Policy-Making

EPF | Economic Policy Forum

EPF | Economic Policy Forum