Dagda, Defining Impact Investing
Impact investments are capital infusions into companies, organizations, and managed funds
who all have the intention to generate social and environmental impact and a modest financial
return. Impact investments can be made in both emerging and well-developed markets, and
target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending on investors’ strategic
goals and financial liquidity needs.
The burgeoning impact investment market currently provides capital to address the world’s
most pressing challenges in sectors such as sustainable agriculture, renewable energy,
conservation, microfinance, and affordable and accessible basic services including housing,
healthcare, and education.
Dagda provides our users with a concise definition of Impact Investment, dispelling ambiguity
and arming investors with vital relevant data facilitating targeted impactful results and further
liquidity in the impact investment market.
Why impact investing?
Impact investing challenges the long-held views that social and environmental issues should be
addressed only by philanthropic donations, and that market investments should focus
exclusively on achieving financial returns without regard to societal affect.
The impact investing marketplace offers diverse and viable opportunities for investors to
advance social and environmental solutions through investments that also produce financial
Many types of investors are entering the impact investing market. Here are a few common
• Banks, pension funds, financial advisors, and wealth managers can provide client investment
opportunities to both individuals and institutions with an interest in general or specific social
and/or environmental causes.
• Institutional and family foundations can leverage significantly greater assets to advance their
core social and/or environmental goals, while maintaining or growing their overall endowment.
• Government investors and development finance institutions can provide proof of financial
viability for private-sector investors while targeting specific social and environmental goals.