50 Shades of Impact: Is Impact Through Investment Real or Illusory?

Impact investing continues to grow rapidly with the market size estimated to be about $715 billion. Investing in Financial Inclusion (with its roots in microcredit) is one of the earliest modern forms of what is now known as Impact Investment. But is it possible to contribute to society through investment whilst also making financial returns? Even if it is possible, how much positive impact can and does the impact investor have, and is it sustainable? Does impact need to be intentional and can it be measured? Recognising the complexity and nuance in Impact Investment is a critical step in the journey to becoming an effective Impact Investor.

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