UK Government and WEF to Launch Global Learning Exchange on Impact Investment

By Vallabh Rao|24th Jun 2013
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The UK government, in partnership with the World Economic Forum, is establishing a Global Learning Exchange on impact investment. Impact investment provides capital to deliver both social and financial results.

This multi-stakeholder exchange – which will be open to investors, entrepreneurs and policy makers from around the world – will focus on sharing best practice on ‘what works’ in impact investing. It will provide a shared platform to debate and create ideas as well as inviting new voices to the field.

Social impact investment has a critical role to play in helping entrepreneurs around the world to identify sustainable solutions to the most challenging social issues. The G8 Social Impact Investment Forum represents an exciting point in the development of the field – bringing together, for the first time, government, industry and civil society leaders to identify ways to catalyse the global market.

The core principles of the exchange are:

  • educational – providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and best practice in impact investing
  • collaborative – engaging civic, business, political, academic and other leaders of society
  • transparent – open and constructive in its findings, and making its work freely available

The Global Learning Exchange will aim to launch in autumn 2013. It will combine both an online forum and a regular series of meetings around the world. The World Economic Forum, in conjunction with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, will provide unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance this global exchange of ideas.

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