Beyond Investment: The Power of Capacity-Building Support

GIIN, 2017: Click here to read the report.

Capacity-building support is a valuable and widely-used tool among impact investors who deploy it to strengthen investees’ strategy, operations, and impact. This study broadly examines the impact investing industry’s use of capacity-building support, identifies common and effective practices, and describes solutions investors use to address challenges.

The study generates three key takeaways about capacity-building support in impact investing:

  1. Capacity-building is a versatile, widely-applicable tool that offers direct benefits to both investors and investees.

  2. There’s no single way to structure and deliver capacity-building support.

  3. Impact investors experienced in providing capacity-building support tend to also be the most satisfied with their results; there’s benefit (and opportunity) to sharing learnings openly with others.


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