D. Capital on bridging the gap between investors and opportunities

As interest in impact investing builds up and social impact bonds are increasingly explored, challenges remain in connecting investors with projects.

Liesbet Peeters, managing partner of D. Capital shared her thoughts with Devex Impact on how to help bridge the gap between investors and the existing opportunities. 

“There is a gap in perception,” she said, “a misalignment in the risks and the actual operational risks on the ground.”

D. Capital is working with social enterprises to help them ensure that they are perceived as authorities on the market trends and not as risky, early-stage business, noted Peters. 

The first step is really to focus on the key parameters of what makes the business successful and demonstrating that the company understands the business, the customers, the market and can make the case for why their product is the best for the market, she said.

D. Capital, Dalberg’s impact investing arm, has recently announced a partnership with Hollard Insurance and others to create the first social impact insurance agency to help reduce risks and encourage more transactions in the space. The firm is also partnering with restaurant chain Nando’s on a development impact bond to combat malaria in Mozambique.

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  • Adva Saldinger

    Adva Saldinger is an Associate Editor at Devex, where she covers the intersection of business and international development, as well as U.S. foreign aid policy. From partnerships to trade and social entrepreneurship to impact investing, Adva explores the role the private sector and private capital play in development. A journalist with more than 10 years of experience, she has worked at several newspapers in the U.S. and lived in both Ghana and South Africa.