Is a good project a good investment?
There is no doubt: Microfinance has left behind its niche status in the private investment market, and impact investment made with the intention to enact positive social and/or environmental change alongside a financial return has the potential to attract a growing number of mainstream investors.
However, investing in a way to create good for both our world and your wallet can be a tricky issue. If you don't want that what is meant to be a sophisticated investment ends up as a simple donation, you have to look far beyond the heart-warming potential social benefits your investment might generate. If you want your return to be more than the warm glow of doing a beneficent act, you have to carefully choose the project you invest in. But how ?
Given the lack of a real track record helping to understand the nature of these markets and products, this year's ALFI Microfinance and Impact Investing Conference will focus on the question if a good project is also a good investment.
We have brought together industry professionals, practitioners and researchers from abroad variety of national and supra-national organisations, banks and asset management companies, investment funds and Microfinance Institutions:
- ABN Amro
- Azure Partners
- Bamboo Finance
- Bates Wells Braithwaite
- Bertelsmann Foundation
- Bridges Venture
- Citi Microfinance and Community Development
- Compagnie Benjamin de Rothschild Conseil S.A.
- the European Investment Fund
- European Microfinance Platform
- Global Impact Investing Network (GiiN)
- Incofin Investment Management
- KfW Development Bank
- Kompanion MFI
- LGT Venture Philanthropy
- Luxembourg Microfinance Development Fund (LMDF)
- Oikocredit International
- responsAbility Investments AG
- SNS Impact Investing
- Société Générale Bank & Trust
- United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)