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Humanitarian Investing

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Humanitarian Investing

Mobilizing Capital to Overcome Fragility

World Economic Forum,

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A world beset by wars and natural disasters needs a market for humanitarian investing.

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Some two billion people around the world live in places where their lives are plagued by “fragility, conflict and violence.” Yet despite a desire by investors to make positive improvements in vulnerable communities, viable opportunities to both help people and earn a return are scarce. This important report from the World Economic Forum and the Boston Consulting Group is a loud appeal to investors, development banks, governments and NGOs to refashion cooperative approaches to building a humanitarian investment market.


Humanitarian investing is not new, but it remains fragmented.

The term “humanitarian investing” is not yet in common use, but it refers to investments in areas experiencing “fragility, conflict and violence” (FCV). These projects can aid people’s recovery from crises and displacements, as well as generate a financial return for investors.

Examples include Sunfunder, an intermediary that matches financiers like Deutsche Bank with solar-energy projects in emerging markets, and Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming, which finances small farms to increase yields and adopt environmentally...

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The World Economic Forum is an independent organization that engages leaders of business, politics, academia and society to improve the state of the world. The Boston Consulting Group is a leading global consulting firm. 

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