IDEX reimagines impact investing

Impact investing. It’s lauded. It’s questioned. It’s hyped. It’s up for debate.

It’s possible to do it differently.

Last week during the #SOCAP2016  conference, IDEX’s Buen Vivir Fund was featured as one of five examples of the future of impact investing in the report, In Pursuit of Deeper Impact: Mobilizing Capital for Social Equity. Written by Katherine Pease with Sarah L. Thomas of KP Advisors, the report calls for investments that get at the root causes of inequality and highlights new ways for understanding risk, return, and time horizon.

The forward of the report is written by Jed Emerson, who provided input into the framing of the research behind the report, and the report itself. Emerson is one of the people who initially created the concept of impact investing decades ago and who continues to push the envelop of what it should be.

Members of AFEDES, the Women’s Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez, in Guatemala. Members of AFEDES, the Women’s Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez, in Guatemala.

Members of AFEDES, the Women’s Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez, in Guatemala.

IDEX’s Buen Vivir Fund was selected after the authors interviewed about 40+ groups. (Click here to read IDEX’s profile in the report.) Rather than imposing terms and models created by investors, the Buen Vivir Fund investment model is built upon identifying lending practices, which are already proving effective on the ground, developed by grassroots groups themselves. We’re excited that the idea of co-designing an investment fund with grassroots groups is gaining traction in the field.

IDEX is proud to uplift and apply these practices to the level of a global investment fund. Stay tuned!

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