Responsible Finance Forum

Development Investments – A Response to Global Challenges

We offer our investors access to about 100 emerging local markets worldwide, where we invest directly in companies with scalable business models. Their products or services enrich the market and thus promote development. While global poverty has been cut in half since 1990, no more than 1 % of the global population is aware of this, according to a survey of 26,000 citizens in
24 countries.

It is worth paying attention to the hundreds of millions of new consumers around the world. Their needs and aspirations are an engine of transformation. Their world is changing fast, but often not fast enough, and not with the quality and sustainability that they themselves had hoped for. Making these markets investable is one of the great challenges of our time.

This discussion paper shows how this task can be implemented. We examine the interface between investment market and development finance over the last 15 years and also allow the public partner to have its say. In addition, we show why financial returns and impact go hand in hand and why the development investment model measures up to the current global challenges due to its innovative strength and scalability.