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Impact investment and finance

Millions of people and businesses worldwide don’t benefit from financial products and access to capital. For development to be sustainable, businesses need investment to catalyse growth in the economy and people need access to financial services to build resilience and fund life goals, such as education or establishing businesses.

Development finance institutions and private investors are increasingly providing finance to businesses operating in developing and emerging markets to generate both development impact and financial returns. In addition, low-income populations are still underserved by formal financial providers and many still do not have access to informal savings and lending mechanisms, such as savings groups.

We provide evidence on what works in financial inclusion and impact investing, assessing whether investments are additional to the market, mobilisation of finance and development impact and generating learning on what works in supporting poor people to access and use savings and lending mechanisms.