Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Glossary

ADB           Asian Development Bank
APEC         Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
ASEAN      Association of Southeast Asian Nations
BPO           business process outsourcing
DAC           Development Assistance Committee (at the OECD)
DfID           Department for International Development (UK government)
ECOSOC    United Nations Economic and Social Council
EU              European Union
FAO           Food and Agriculture Organization (United Nations)

Monday, February 4, 2013

What is "Impact Investment"?

Impact investment is investment that is intended to create positive impact beyond financial returns. That sounds good. But how does this differ from other investment, such as ordinary capital investment, socially responsible investment or ethical investment? Where and when did impact investment start? How much has been invested this way so far? Who is investing in what? What are the prospects? Let's take a look.