Danone, Aqua for All and BNP Paribas are among investors who have committed €36m to Water Access Acceleration Fund, to provide funds to entrepreneurs providing safe drinking water to 30m people in Asia and Africa.
Heated debate on impact investing at Skoll World Forum raises concerns about poor evidence of impact and “misguided” assumptions. But some say it can work if investors adopt alternative vehicles and reach out to untapped pools of capital.
Pursuing justice and dignity, not just charity, means acknowledging complicity in systems of inequality – and backing the 'troublemakers' who will hold you to account, says boss of influential US foundation.
Innovation lessons of past decades have fallen by the wayside. Challenges offer better value for money, more diversity of approaches, and a means to shape markets ripe for development – and could provide the moonshot advances that society needs.
Greater use of tiered funding, innovation challenges and outcomes finance will help organisations across the impact space “blaze new paths to shape our world for the better”, EVPA Conference delegates told.