Capital Allocation for Sustainable Development

Impact Investing in Emerging Markets – Capital Allocation for Sustainable Development


  • 26 JUN
  • 0830AM
  • PRICE £395

Can Impact Investing in emerging markets successfully facilitate capital towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?

Although the Sustainable Development Goals represent agreed common aspirations, the United Nations estimates that reaching the SDGs in emerging markets will cost approximately $3.9 trillion per year and that private and public sources provide just $1.4 trillion per year. As a result, asset managers, financial institutions, governments, foundations, and aid agencies are increasingly placing emphasis on new products and methods of capital allocation to achieve social, environmental and financial objectives.

Impact Investing, despite often convoluted and opaque methodologies, has risen to the forefront of the dialogue as a potential ‘silver bullet’ – promises of financial returns above investor hurdle rates while simultaneously achieving social outcomes have proven to be an enticing combination. Impact Investing now represents a subset of every major asset class including private equity, private debt, public equities, ETFs, fixed income and real estate. As toolkits, exit strategies and investor sophistication continue to evolve in emerging markets, and entrepreneurs continue to tackle ‘wicked problems’ that are of increasing urgency, Impact Investing now seeks to align with the sustainable development agenda on a global scale.

This 1 day conference will debate, discuss and share some of the key themes and challenges essential to at the centre of Impact Investing in emerging markets:

Sustainable Development
• Impact investing as a tool to address social and environmental prosperity in emerging markets
• Alignment of direct and intermediated investment portfolios with appropriate sustainable development goals
• The effects of the SDGs on investment and exit strategies

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
• Effective methodologies and toolkits to address ESG concerns in the context of emerging markets
• Red flags and risk management techniques, both reputational and financial
• Role of ESG on exits – do ESG screens influence success?

Impact Measurement
• Incorporating impact and ‘lens’ based frameworks into the entire investment process
• Informatics approaches to capturing, cleaning and understanding impact data
• Relevance of impact on exit opportunities and strategies

Financial Structuring
• Design and structuring approaches to align investors with varying financial return and impact objectives
• Blended finance, tiered tranches and bond issuances as direct investment strategies in impact focused corporates
• Valuation methodologies and effective structuring of an investment exit

Financial Returns
• Realistic expectations for limited partners in impact investing funds
• Management, performance and technical assistance fees
• Exit visibility and impact on financial returns

Why Attend?
  • Explore ways to expedite sustainable private sector investment to facilitate economic growth and prosperity in emerging markets
  • Discuss methods to leverage official development assistance through private sector investment that seeks to tackle extreme poverty and other sustainable development goals
  • Network with active players including impact investment professionals and industry thought leaders in an effort to define (and refine) industry best practices
  • Participate in cutting edge discussions and have an opportunity to share experiences and lessons learnt (case studies/scenarios for discussion welcome)
  • Establish and discover viable, less conventional potential co–investment channels, partnerships and opportunities

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