Impact Investment Chair

The Impact Investment Chair is a tool for influencing and supporting decision-making in both the public and private sectors. Chair’s work is driven by practical implementation.

Why a chair on impact investment?

Impact investment is a fast-growing asset class internationally. However, the definition of impact investing itself remains unclear: it is neither for-profit nor a socially responsible investment, although it has close links with social entrepreneurship. There is also no general method or framework for measuring the impact of investments. Each investor defines and applies their own.

The Impact Investment Chair aims to:

  • contribute to a standardization of the concept, which is essential for its legitimacy and for understanding the capacities and limits of impact investment;
  • propose tools and methods for measuring impact and analysis of financial instruments, which are essential for assessing performance;
  • provide a better understanding of the impact investment sector in Africa.

Its work will cover the activities of impact investors across the African continent. 

Work areas

  1. Conceptualization: (i) improved definitions of impact investment for a better use in the public and private stakeholders' policies (ii) critical analysis of the limits and contradictions of the concept;
  2. Critical analysis of impact measurement and proposal for operational methods;
  3. Sectoral, geographical, and thematic mapping of impact investors' activity;
  4. Analysis, evaluation, and comparison of legal and financial structures used by impact investors;
  5. Analysis of intervention and support policies for impact investment by public and private stakeholders.

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