Impact investment in Latin America should accelerate with speed and forcefulness, says Mexico’s Rodrigo Villar. The region’s social entrepreneurs have enormous potential, but urgent social and environmental problems to solve.
Covid-19 has highlighted the fact that many common forms of social investment are inflexible and have failed the social enterprises they seek to support, says Ben Smith, head of social investment at Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. But being patient and flexible is not without its challenges.
Where are the angels? Equity and ‘equity-like’ investment is a key growth tool for many social ventures but the impact investing community has failed to build trust, demand or the right products, new research suggests.
At the EVPA annual conference in The Hague, attended by the Queen of the Netherlands, the membership organisation marked its 15th anniversary with a call to "investors for impact" to commit to 10 principles guiding their actions.
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