The Future of Impact Investing: CFI’s Take on Dueling Views

29 January, 2019

Original Source: CFI

The impact investing world is an exciting place to be. Investors’ hopes of doing good and doing well are alive and well. As impact investing matures, veterans in the field are asking how to focus resources. Should we seek high returns in order to attract mainstream investors, or maintain a clear social bottom line, even if returns fall below the market average? Which direction should our unique blend of development and capitalism take?

Two recent articles attempt to answer this question: one is a longer essay in Stanford Social Innovation Review – by Wendy Abt– the other an interview with Elizabeth Littlefield in the Financial Times. Both these accomplished women are well positioned to reflect on and shape the future of impact investing.

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