Incofin is pleased to share with you its newest publication in the “Private Equity International” magazine. The interview was published in February 2019.
Managing Partner, Elizabeth O’Reilly and Regional Partners, Aditya Bhandari, David Dewez and Rahul Rai give their perspective on what it takes to make successful impact investments. Taking a global and macro investment approach to impact investing does not work without tailored, nimble and localised investment strategies that address the issues of the communities. According to our partners, local issues need local solutions, that can be identified and addressed with teams on the ground and a tailored approach.
Incofin currently has over $ 2 billion invested in impact strategies focusing on financial services and agri-foods in emerging markets, with teams in Cambodia, Colombia, India and Kenya. Last year, Incofin’s financial service sector investments reached 33 million end beneficiaries, of which 73 percent were women. Agri-food investments led to a 10 percent increase in yield with an outreach to over 250,000 smallholder farmers.
Sourcing deals relies on the local presence of Incofin, travelling well beyond the urban centres. This is something that is often overlooked by many other investors. Whether it is Indian microfinance, Colombian coffee or agri-tech projects, fund managers need to have teams on the ground.