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There is growing evidence that impact investment has become increasingly relevant in today’s economic setting as social challenges have mounted while public funds in many countries are under pressure. Grant making is no longer a sustainable option on its own, and new approaches are needed for addressing social and economic challenges, including new models of public and private partnership which can fund, deliver and scale innovative solutions from the ground up.*
The expectation of the millennial generation has accelerated the growth of social entrepreneurship with more people seeking innovative solutions to tackle social challenges. Like their technology predecessors in the early 80s, these new social innovators need capital to realize their potential, but often face obstacles in securing investment, due their risk profile, compared to more mainstream organizations.**
In 2015 an impact investment effort was launched which will focus on a limited number of investment opportunities over the next five to ten years, to demonstrate that health & wellness investing in low-resource settings can deliver sustainable impact and a financial return. The investment portfolio will be decided by the Trust Board of Directors, following expert counsel from an Impact Advisory Committee.
The Committee will provide guidance and advice to the Trust on strategic investment decisions and its growth strategy. Our approach is to closely engage in the life cycle of our portfolio companies to maximise success.
An initial $15m has been allocated to launch the first phase of the Strategy. In December 2017, Global Community Impact hosted an event in London attended by over 60 internal and external stakeholders to further explore collaborative partnerships and potential investment opportunities.
secured for the initial investments
to partner with
Through impact investing, we are discovering a new cadre of talent, partners, and networks that share our goal to address unmet health needs and positively change the trajectory of health