Impact Investment for Development Summit 2017

Summit invited by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative dedicated to bridging impact investments and international development organizations.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative

Impact Investment for Development Summit 2017

Impact Investment for Development Summit 2017

The Summit

Achieving the hugely ambitious Sustainable Development Goals will require not just conventional  development assistance but also creative new ways to apply private capital. In short, a paradigm shift is needed.

Impact Investment has gained worldwide traction as a method of solving development problems in a more sustainable way – and that also targets the financial bottom line. International development organizations are beginning to recognize the potential impact investment as a new way of addressing development challenges and scaling up solutions.  The question is how to fully realise this potential.

Striving to answer this question, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and knowledge partner INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative invite organized a two-day summit on opportunities and mechanisms to promote impact investment for development.

The Story


The Summit was a first of its kind collaborative dialogue that convened a wide range of impact business leaders, social venture philanthropists, United Nations officials and other development practitioners, as well as social entrepreneurs, philanthropic organizations, government representatives and leading academics

The Summit brought together key stakeholders from the growing impact investment ecosystem, in order to create new models of collaboration between investors, ventures, governments and international development organizations.

How Was This Summit Different?

The IID Summit included a set showcase-sessions for pioneering impact ventures that presented fresh solutions for the SDGs, interactive discussions, a thematic exhibition, and more.

The Summit took place at the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies  – a venue intentionally selected as an example of an innovative impact venture that directly supports development. Several other social enterprises have contributed to the Summit.

The format of the IID Summit was designed by the Value Web, who will helped inspire and engage participants to foster real results.

IID Summit at TUMO Yerevan

Together, we can bridge the gap between impact funds and impact investment opportunities.
Thank you for a brilliant summit. I loved the Fish Bowl – it forces an action oriented discussion – next time, potentially using that more.

Mariianne Crary, HubSV

I’m so inspired by the fantastic work that you’re doing. We have crossed an important milestone and now onto to the SDGs Innovation Lab a functioning reality.
I feel as if I have a new set of friends in Armenia.

Banny Banerjee, Stanford ChangeLabs

It was a couple of days that were thought provoking, eye-opening and inspiring and I have to thank you for this. I am certain that the ideas that came about in the summit and the connections made between the fantastic people that attend the conference will lead to better and bigger things for that specific region and for impact in general.

Noa Segre, JVP

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is the United Nation’s development arm, working in over 170 countries of the world and delivering over $4.5 billion annually in grant assistance in such areas as sustainable development, governance and peacebuilding, climate resilience and post-crisis response and recovery.  Focused on supporting countries in achieving the SDGs, UNDP seeks to instill innovation in every aspect of its work and to partner with the private sector in seeking innovative financing solutions. UNDP in Armenia the conference host – is pioneering the UN’s work in social innovation and support to social entrepreneurship..



is one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools. With campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), INSEAD’s business education and research spans every part of the globe. Its 148 renowned Faculty members from 40 countries inspire more than 1,300 degree participants annually in MBA, Executive MBA, specialized master’s degrees and PhD programmes. More than 9,500 executives participate in INSEAD’s executive education programmes each year. Since being launched in 2006, INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship Executive Education Programme (ISEP) has set the standard for top-tier impact business education..