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Fostering impact: An investor guide for engaging communities in place-based impact investing

Impact Investing Institute
This paper provides real-life cases and practical steps to integrate community engagement in investment processes. It offers methods for investors to identify and pursue community engagement opportunities, outlining different ways to incorporate engagement into investment decision-making.
Research
18 March 2024

Impact investing for pensions

Impact Investor
This report analyses the growth of impact investing strategies among European pension funds. The report examines challenges and opportunities, regulatory restrictions, impact measurement and management, private equity case studies, and emerging investments in affordable and social housing.
Research
18 March 2024

Lessons from Canada’s approach to extending financial access to survivors of modern slavery

UN University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR)
This briefing showcases how Canada has effectively extended financial access to survivors of modern slavery through its Public Private Partnership approach. This briefing offers practical insights and lessons for the financial sector.
Research
18 March 2024

Credit repair for survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking

UN University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR)
Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) conducted a roundtable discussion with survivors, survivor support organizations, and financial institutions to address credit repair. Survivors' recommendations include implementing a manual review of onboarding processes, dismissing survivors' adverse credit, and developing a survivor-led approach to manage finances.
Research
18 March 2024

Business banking and start-up support for survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking

Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST)
The report highlights the Survivor Inclusion Initiative (SII), addressing the business banking and startup needs of survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking. It outlines efforts such as training, support, expert review, and the global Survivor Business Roundtable to enhance survivors' access to financial services.
Research
18 March 2024

Impact investing 2.0: The way forward

Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke
This research aims to provide insights on the rapidly evolving impact investing landscape. The report is based on a survey of 12 high-performing impact investing funds that represent a diversity of asset classes, objectives, geographies, and impact areas.
Research
18 March 2024

Lessons from the survivor inclusion initiative (SII) in the UK, US, and Canada

UN University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR)
The briefing provides lessons to achieve financial inclusion of survivors of human trafficking and includes training and accommodations for survivor needs and experiences in compliance and due diligence processes.
Research
18 March 2024

Navigating impact investing: The opportunity in impact classes

Tideline
This working paper aims to bring greater clarity and understanding to the impact investing field, which is characterized by diversity and complexity. Omidyar Network led this field-building initiative, with contributions from 45 expert interviews. The report outlines a concept for building “impact classes,” or common structures for assessing impact investing options.
Research
18 March 2024

Financing environmental and energy transitions for regions and cities: Creating local solutions for global challenges

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
This report presents recommendations for bridging the gap between financial institutions' lack of structures for local initiatives and subnational governments' lack of knowledge to take that role. It proposes adapting finance data to include integrated value.
Research
18 March 2024

Accelerating impact-linked finance

Boston Consulting Group
The report defines impact-linked finance and proposes a roadmap to accelerate and scale it. It summarises constraints to its implementation and provides examples of solutions.
Research
18 March 2024

Towards financing large-scale holistic landscape restoration in Europe: Recommendations for EU policy actors to attain inspirational, social, natural and financial returns

Commonland
The report provides financing recommendations for large-scale holistic landscape restoration in Europe, addressing climate change, biodiversity loss, and food and water insecurity. It emphasises the effectiveness of landscape finance in promoting healthy ecosystems, offering practical frameworks for policymakers to accelerate impactful activities and align natural and community needs for comprehensive restoration.
Research
18 March 2024

Adaptation, loss and damage: A global climate impact fund for climate justice

Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
This report delves into climate justice amid anthropogenic climate change, advocating for a pilot Global Climate Impact Fund (GCIF). The fund aims to distribute the financial responsibility for the climate change transition based on attribution and contribution studies, employing standardised criteria. The report emphasises prioritising long-term resilience and sustainable development pathways.
Research
18 March 2024

RIAA's benchmarking impact investing series

Responsible Investment Association Australasia
This is a series of benchmark reports providing comprehensive insights into the impact investing market in Australia. It covers investor motivations, market size, and performance metrics, aiding stakeholders in understanding and enhancing their impact investment strategies.
Benchmark/series
18 March 2024

Technology tools in human rights

The Engine Room
This report explores technology tools available to human right defenders for collecting, managing, analysing, communicating and archiving data. HRDs should prioritise simplicity, familiarity, and ease of use when choosing a tool, and be mindful of potential security risks. Strategic partnerships and obtaining second opinions can also aid decision making.
Research
28 February 2024

Rights-respecting investment in technology companies

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
This briefing highlights the potential human rights impact of technological advancements and the responsibility of institutional investors to mitigate these risks. Based on the UN Guiding Principles, investors should implement human rights policies, assess risks and divest from companies with inadequate human rights practices.
Research
28 February 2024

The missing middles: Segmenting enterprises to better understand their financial needs

Collaborative for Frontier Finance
Small and growing businesses (SGBs) have significant and positive impact on emerging and frontier markets. This report proposes a new segmentation framework to help service providers, enterprises, donors, limited partners (LPs) and field-building organisations understand and navigate the complex landscape of SGB investment in frontier and emerging markets.
Research
7 January 2023
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