IMPACT INVESTMENT

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Getting To The Heart Of Impact Investment In India

Impact investment is generally understood in India to involve for-profit equity or debt investment in early-stage ventures that are delivering basic services to the poor -- giving them access to affordable housing, financial services, education, health or energy -- or helping to provide them jobs and better livelihood opportunities. According to this definition, India has thus far seen approximately US$2 billion of impact investments into some 300 companies. And the pace of this activity is picking up.