Explainer: Impact investing and international development

By Andrew Haimes, Steve Zausner 16 June 2017

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This is the first in a series of explainers related to international development finance from Steven Zausner and Andrew Haimes of Office:FMA, a financial strategy and advisory firm focused on emerging and frontier markets.

It's a good time to be in the impact investing business.

Major mainstream asset managers BlackRock Inc., Bain Capital, LP, and Goldman Sachs, are entering the space. Assets under management and the number of deals are expected to grow by 17 percent and 20 percent, respectively, in 2017.

While this is all good for the field, it's less clear what impact investing's growth means for international development.

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About the authors

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Andrew Haimes

Andrew, before moving to project management, worked at world-renowned think tanks, major trade associations, in the political realm providing in-depth research and policy analysis on a range of transnational issues. Andrew exemplifies Office:FMA's research methodology and approach to problem solving, focusing on understanding the conflicting and congruent motivations for groups of actors in complex environments.

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Steve Zausner

Steve is a co-founder and lead of the advisory practice at Office:FMA, a financial strategy and advisory firm focused on emerging and frontier markets. Steve has successfully led high-profile projects around capital market development, public financial management, entrepreneurship, access to finance, economic growth, investment promotion and has structured many significant innovative financial transactions. Clients have included DFIs, foundations, non-profits and other consulting firms.

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