Impact investment has the potential to transform economies and societies, say its advocates. But the growing field is littered with examples of good intentions gone wrong—often the result of a “top-down” approach.
In 2014, Simon, cofounded the nonprofit Transform Finance to address the misalignments she was seeing in the impact investing field and to hold investors to a higher standard.
“Investors want to invest, but don’t always know what’s really needed,” she says.
The Transform Finance philosophy is based upon three guiding principles.
- Projects are primarily designed, governed and, where feasible, owned by communities.
- Investments add more value than they extract.
- The financial relationship fairly balances risks and returns among all stakeholders.
Read the full article about Transform Finance by Anne Field at Locavesting
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