The key factors driving the growth of this market include the initiatives taken by Governments in relation to impact investment, increasing interest from traditional not-for-profit fund managers, supportive government policies by offering tax breaks and reliefs and initiation of social impact bonds and impact investing platform in various countries.
The report "Impact Investing Market by Illustrative Sector (Education, HealthCare, Housing, Agriculture, Environment, Clean Energy Access, Climate Change, Financial Inclusion, Rural Development, Sanitation & Waste Management), and Country - Global Forecast to 2020", The impact investing market is expected to grow from an estimated value of USD 135 Billion in 2015 to USD 307 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 17.86% from 2015 to 2020. The global market is set to witness a significant growth, due to increase in demand for impact capital, growing ecosystem support and impact readiness.
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The housing segment (low-cost and affordable) is expected to hold the largest share of the impact investing market, by both volume and value, during the forecast period
The huge, real and pent-up demand among the low-income and other bottom-of-pyramid population, along with proven, successful and sustainable impact enterprises will keep fuelling the impact capital in this space. The demand will remain widespread in major regions of Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa, with Asia Pacific leading the pack.
Clean Energy Access to be the fastest growing segment in the impact investing space
The clean energy access is expected to be the fastest growing market from 2015 to 2020 due under-penetration of conventional and on-grid energy resources in large areas of developing nations such as Asia Pacific and Latin America. The high level of interest among the investors in the developed nations to fund more impact enterprises will support the growth in this space.
India will continue to grow as major impact investing destination
Being a major emerging economy globally, India is home to about 40% of the world’s poor and about 30% of the population living below poverty line. India witnessed considerable growth in the impact investment space in the last decade, with a well-rounded ecosystem existing across all the pillars of impact investment.
A large population lacks housing, education, healthcare, energy, water, and sanitation. Despite high budgetary allocations, government spending remains inadequate, creating a significant opportunity for impact investment
Major asset owners in impact investing market are Triodos N.V. (Netherlands), Sarona (Canada) and Omidyar (U.S.), while key asset managers are RISE (Canada), Leapfrog (U.K.), responsAbility (Switzerland) and Acumen (U.S.).
Revolution Foods (U.S.), Vestergaard Frendsen (Denmark), Vasham(Indonesia) and Waterhealth International (U.S.) are some of the impact enterprises and key enablers in this market are Intellecap(India), Unitus(U.S.), LAVCA(U.S.) and GIIRS(U.S.).
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