Social Impact Investment 2019

The Impact Imperative for Sustainable Development

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This publication is a sequel to the OECD 2015 report on Social Impact Investment (SII), Building the Evidence Base, bringing new evidence on the role of SII in financing sustainable development. It depicts the state of play of SII approaches globally, comparing regional trends, and assesses its prospects, with a special focus on data issues and recent policy developments. Importantly, it provides new guidance for policy makers in OECD and non-OECD countries, as well as providers of development co-operation, development financers, social impact investment practitioners and the private sector more broadly, to help them maximise the contribution of social impact investing to the 2030 Agenda. In particular, it provides four sets of recommendations on financing, innovation, data and policy for delivering on the “impact imperative” of financing sustainable development.



Building the evidence base: Internationally comparable data

A number of established data-collection initiatives and organisations provide helpful insights on the social impact investment market. However, data efforts are still highly fragmented and not comparable across studies. This chapter presents data and transparency efforts undertaken alongside the OECD Social Impact Investment Initiative’s data work stream. The chapter outlines initial steps towards a global data framework on social impact investing. It starts by presenting transparency principles. It then discusses data on transactions and performance, also looking at data available beyond social impact investment that could inform help inform the SII market. The chapter also presents social impact investment platform efforts and approaches for measuring impact. It concludes by calling for greater coordination and Social Impact Investment laying out recommended steps to move forward from the initial data standards to internationally adapted and globally used data standards.


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