December 10, 2016

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To maximize every dollar being invested in today’s social impact investment (SII) sector, UNDP SIF brings together venture philanthropists, foundations, corporations, government and private investors to chart a  new course toward creating a collaborative financing model to:

Move beyond silos to strengthen accountability to key stakeholders, including (but beyond) investors, as well as to use social performance data for improving operations and to prove impact.  This is especially true as more traditional donors as well as corporations and multinationals sponsor and support new social businesses models and financing under the banner of “shared value” or corporate social responsibility;

Widen the funnel by including purpose-built institutions such as institutional impact investors, venture philanthropists, universities supporting social entrepreneurship and incubators. There are new partnering and financing opportunities within these institutions for seeding and developing ideas that can address social issues in ways that have not previously been harnessed;

Selected Impact Enterprises and socially responsible corporate investments that have a high-potential to amplify and scale inclusive social, environmental and economic impacts (scaling-up or expansion approach)

Identify traditional, large scale investment projects that have to potential to include social elements. For example, social infrastructure, ageing care, low-cost housing projects (economies of scale approach)

Harness sectoral synergy by engaging the network of financial and social capital stakeholders creating ecosystems for entrepreneurship. With critical mass comes the ability to partner with a wider range of like-minded individuals and organizations, as well as a greater chance of sparking innovation through intentional and unanticipated connections;

Support government stakeholders that are planning and/or designing small, medium or large investments with the potential to introduce or expand social impact (policy impact approach);

Address key finance gaps in less-developed venture capital or private equity landscapes. Seed capital is often accessible to entrepreneurs with good ideas and a degree of perseverance.  However, for IEs, the challenge of the “missing middle” the financing gap associated with growing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – is amplified;

Create markets for good and incentivize social and corporate entrepreneurs that face structural challenges that hinder their ability to compete successfully. Spur the growth of social enterprises through the creation of new market incentives that allow them to acquire more customers without distorting the markets within which they operate by incorporating social enterprises in corporate value chains and encouraging social enterprise to bid in large-scale procurement efforts.

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