‘The best case for an impact investor is to show impact’; in this session we will go into the real world of impact investing with four experienced impact investors and one seasoned impact evaluator. Impact investing differentiates itself from ‘conventional investing’ by aiming at social and environmental returns next to conventional financial returns. Investors, banks, accountancy firms and consultancy agencies from the conventional investing sphere have perfected the monitoring and measurement of financial returns over the last decades to extreme professional, effective and efficient levels. Can the same be said for measuring social and environmental impact?
In practice, such impact is often reported through self-assessments such as digital ‘fill in yourself’ forms. On the other extreme, academics and public inspection agencies conduct large impact evaluations requiring impressive efforts and financial resources. How should social investors navigate between these two extremes? What is the added value here? What are the most prominent challenges to them? What are the ways forward? And more fundamentally, which effects are we really measuring, which effects do we want to measure, and for whom?
In this session, speakers from Leapfrog Invest (Karima Ola, Partner), Root Capital (Scott Overdyke, Senior Programs and Planning Manager), Anthos Fund and Asset Management (Dimple Sahni, Senior Director) and PYMWYMIC (Maarten van Dam, Managing Director) will share their latest insights and explore challenges and novel ideas. All are active in agricultural investments in Africa. KIT will be represented by one of its specialists in impact measurement, Roger Bymolt (Senior Advisor), bringing the latest findings to the event. In a lively talk show format, we will discuss the latest insights and emerging issues from the practice of impact investing and impact measurement, with the speakers as well as the audience.
KIT aims to improve health and ensure equitable social-economic development as much as promote intercultural cooperation with our partners worldwide. As we focus on results and empowering people our research, advice, training and education are creative, context specific and evidence-based. We are an innovative organisation with more than 100 years of experience all over the world. A global host in our very own international knowledge hub in Amsterdam.