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Alex Nicholls, Rob Paton, and Jed Emerson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198703761

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703761.001.0001

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Investing for social impact

Investing for social impact

Direct foreign investment and private equity in Africa and South Asia

(p.543) 17 Investing for social impact
Social Finance

Peter Hinton

Sweta Penemetsa

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on foreign direct investment (DFI) and private equity (PE) finance as a source of social impact. It assesses the current investment landscape of DFIs and PE in emerging markets with a special emphasis on the African and South Asian markets. It argues that DFIs have been providing a form of (largely unrecognized) social finance to emerging markets for many decades by dint of their impact mandates and ownership structures. Such finance stresses clear standards of environmental, social, and governance performance and aims to measure and account for them transparently. However, the chapter goes on to explore how various funds can be divided as being either ‘finance’ or ‘impact’ first with significant implications for their activities and structures. The chapter concludes by looking at a range of key issues with respect to FDI as social finance.

Keywords:   foreign direct investment, social impact, impact investing, private equity, development finance institutions, environmental performance, social performance, governmental performance, Africa, South Asia

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