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Impact Investing and Financial Inclusion

Impact investors seek to generate environmental and social impacts in addition to financial returns. This course introduces you to how markets can solve critical social and environmental challenges. While this approach has long been used within the public sector and by NGOs, commercial investors are increasingly embracing this strategy in fields such as energy, water, community development, health, sustainable development, and education. The course draws upon principles of finance, theories of change, public policy, and investment management to evaluate specific cases and investment tools. Of particular focus will be financial inclusion and how efforts to provide the two billion people globally that still lack access to basic financial services is one of the levers with the greatest potential to improve the daily lives of the unbanked and underbanked, while also advancing global economic and social development goals.

  • Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Integration and Screening
  • Impact Measurement and Future Growth
  • The Rationale for Financial Inclusion
  • Public, Private, and Civil Sector Participation in Financial Inclusion
  • Emerging Trends in Financial Inclusion

This course is eligible towards the completion of the Certificate in International Development . Bundle your coursework and earn a professional credential that communicates knowledge and skills gained. Declared Certificate students receive 10% off of courses within the program. .

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of impact investing, it’s role in sustainable development, and key principles of finance and investment management
  • A critical understanding of financial inclusion, the forces shaping the landscape, and the challenges that must be overcome to achieve it universally

Ideal for

  • Professionals working in the financial services or international development sectors or in public policy
  • Students seeking a greater understanding of the financial inclusion and social impact investing space
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