Can impact investing move the development needle?

Lessons from Development Finance Institutions and the Yield Uganda Investment Fund

Project or report lab
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
14:45 to 16:00

Impact investing – investments that aim to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return – has attracted a lot of attention. Impact investing has been hailed as the silver bullet for prosperity for all, but there are concerns about "impact washing". The session will discuss what is needed to bring impact investing into the mainstream and help investors select projects that create social and financial value. The focus will be on the early lessons learnt from challenges faced in creating an agribusiness impact investment fund in Uganda. The EU is partnering with the International Fund for Agricultural Development to catalyse growth in the agriculture sector by providing small and medium-sized enterprises much needed patient capital through the Yield Uganda Investment Fund.

Key points

Based on a combination of market level and concrete impact fund experiences the participants will:

  • Learn about what impact investing is and what role impact investing might play for us to achieve the SDGs.
  • Gain an understanding of opportunities and challenges faced by Impact Funds including
  • Get insights on approaches to managing for positive impact while mitigating potential negatives.
  • Be presented with lessons learned that may help scale Impact Investing with Integrity

Organised by


Christian Rosenholm
Senior Operational Officer
International Finance Corporation
Dagmawi Habte-Selassie
Programme Officer
International Fund for Agricultural Development
Adolfo Cires Alonso
Finance and Investments Programme Manager
European Commission - DG for International Cooperation and Development
Carole Maman
BIO (Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries)
Soren Peter Andreasen
European Development Finance Institutions