Our Impact

Finance in Motion develops and advises impact investment funds that address a whole range of development topics: from microfinance and small business development to energy and resource efficiency, conservation of biodiversity, and climate action. We channel this funding to undersupplied markets in low and middle-income countries – markets that our impact investment funds are specially equipped to serve. 

Impact Investment Report

Read in-depth about Finance in Motion’s social and environmental impact in “Investing in People and Planet.”

This year-in-review outlines how our comprehensive approach to making a positive difference creates sustainable, long-term returns for investors, individuals, sectors, and communities. Discussions, stories, interviews, and multimedia round out the narrative.

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Spheres of Impact

Thanks to our comprehensive approach to impact investing, we generate impact through a variety of interrelated spheres. Two of our funds – the European Fund for Southeast Europe and the SANAD Fund for MSME – focus on providing sustainable financing for entrepreneurs, empowering people to achieve their potential for success and well-being. Our three green funds – the Green for Growth Fund, the eco.business Fund and the Arbaro Fund – promote the health of our planet by, for example, reducing and sequestering carbon emissions and saving natural resources. Our activities also promote the practices and develop the products that equip people and systems to spread positive change – such as by building the impact investing market, structuring impact funds, strengthening local financial sectors, and helping financial institutions develop customized lending products.

Our Contribution to the SDGs

We contribute to meeting the basic financing needs of small businesses and low-income households. (EFSE, SANAD, Arbaro)

We promote sustainable food production through practices that conserve biodiversity and natural resources, and help raise the income of rural populations. (EFSE, SANAD, EBF, Arbaro)

We promote sustainable agricultural practices that maintain ecosystems, we improve water quality, and we support water efficiency across all sectors. (EBF, GGF)

We support energy savings measures and advance renewable energy. (GGF)

We support entrepreneurship and job creation, especially through access to financial services, while assuring decent working conditions. (EBF, Arbaro, EFSE, SANAD)

We contribute to energy efficiency and access to financing for small-scale industrial and other enterprises, and develop sustainable forestry and the renewable energy sector. (GGF, Arbaro, EFSE, SANAD)

We encourage business growth and financial inclusion for marginalized populations, including women, youth, and refugees. (EFSE, SANAD)

We contribute to improved access to sustainable transport and waste management systems. (GGF)

We contribute to the sustainable management of natural resources and reduced waste generation. (GGF, EBF, Arbaro)

We mobilize funding for green projects and build capacity around sustainable energy, agriculture, and forestry.
(GGF, EBF, Arbaro)

We contribute to promoting sustainable practices in fisheries and aquaculture that protect marine and coastal ecosystems. (EBF)

We contribute to sustainable agriculture and forestry practices that restore land and conserve biodiversity and terrestrial ecosystems. (Arbaro, EBF)

We build blended finance funds that pool capital for sustainable development and bring together regulators, industries, and policy makers for systemic change. (GGF, EBF, EFSE, SANAD, Arbaro)

Our Impact Approach

We are active in two highly impactful and investable sectors: micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) finance and green finance.

MSMEs are vital for employment and socio-economic development, but often lack access to long-term funding, especially in emerging markets. 

Stabilizing the planet’s climate and protecting its natural resources are vital for ensuring a sustainable future, but the transformation to a green economy requires substantial investment. 

We direct funds to low and middle-income countries, connecting various sources of capital from mature financial markets to those who need it in undersupplied areas. 

Market Presence

Client Stories

Impact Management

For us, managing our impact is just as important as managing the financial performance of the funds we advise. It not only allows us to track our progress towards our impact goals but also provides us with learnings and insights – and ultimately enables us to fine-tune our strategy for enhancing the reach and depth of our impact even further. That is why impact management is integrated into every step of our investment and technical assistance cycle:

Targeting impact

It starts with a good groundwork: Each fund is guided by a clearly defined impact agenda, stipulating the fund’s goals and the specific eligibility parameters for its investments. Only if an investment meets the fund’s requirements for financial return and development impact, as well as sound environmental and social (E&S) management, will it proceed. 

Creating impact

Our funds create impact by: (i) providing dedicated finance for underserved yet impactful sectors; (ii) building sustainable capacities and contributing to systemic change through our technical assistance facilities, thus maximizing the impact of our investments; and (iii) building the impact investment market by raising awareness and connecting stakeholders on topics we are passionate about.

Assessing impact

We continuously monitor the impact of our activities. Based on a framework of key performance indicators for each fund’s objectives, we use a tailored system to gauge impact metrics on a regular basis. Assessing our impact provides a constant feedback loop of how well we are progressing towards our goals. It also allows us to gain insights and learning to feed back into strategy and investments, ultimately enabling us to ensure that we deliver on our impact targets.