Monday, July 25, 2011

[EQ] Impact Investing: A Framework for Policy Design and Analysis

Impact Investing: A Framework for Policy Design and Analysis

The Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI) at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organization
Harvard University - Supported by The Rockefeller Foundation 2011

Available online PDF [104p.] at


Investments that effectively deliver social benefit invoke a strong case for government support.


“…..This publication represents a framework for thinking about the role government policy can play in creating an enabling environment for impact investing. This framework is based on, and illustrated by, 16 individual policies in 13 countries


The report presents a framework for considering the role of policy in impact investing, including three practical references for readers:


·         A model that illustrates the opportunities for policy intervention in impact investing.
The model places policies within the context of impact investing market ecosystems, and helps identify specific paths by which policies are intended to catalyze private capital.

·         Six criteria with which to evaluate the role of policy and its potential effectiveness. The criteria have been developed using case studies, literature review, and outreach to impact investing practitioners and stakeholder groups. The criteria provide a practical starting point for designing and researching impact investing policy.

·         Sixteen case studies serve as examples of concrete interventions that shape and support Impact investing markets. The case studies draw from a range of issue areas, investment vehicles, and policy mechanisms and help to illustrate the complexity of related issues—socioeconomic, political, bureaucratic, and structural—that influence the outcomes of policy….”



Executive Summary
II. About This Research

III. Introduction
IV. The Role of Government in Impact Investing
V. Locating Policy in Impact Investing Markets
VI. The Investor Perspective: Issue Areas of Impact
VII Criteria for Evaluation


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