Mission Statement

Operate credibly and independently to promote the development of impact investing in Ghana through public education and continuous research into major social and environmental challenges, policy advocacy and impact measurement of various initiatives to address social and environmental challenges

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Impact Investing is defined as “Investments intended to create positive impact beyond financial return”. Though the term “Impact Investing” is relatively new compared with the purpose for which the practice is intended to achieve. Several instances may be cited where both the private and public sector have come together to achieve impact beyond financial gain. In the past, charities, through institutions such as foundations and NGOs have been focused on addressing social and environmental challenges. However, funds available from these sources including Government are woefully inadequate to meet the funding requirements of social and environmental challenges. It is this situation and the potential for social enterprises to meet the financial return objectives of commercial investors that has resulted in the emergence of impact investing as an asset class.

On the 28th of August, The Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF) and Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) officially launched the Centre for Impact Investing after signing a Memorandum of Understanding on May 8th 2013. The partnership was to establish a collaborative framework for the promotion of impact investing as a means of developing a business community of social enterprises to deal with the social and environmental challenges confronting the country.

GCII as non-profit organization seeks to provide advocacy, research and support services in the area of impact investing in Ghana. It is the only such organization of its kind in West Africa. The Centre is managed by highly proficient and skilled personnel committed to developing impact investment within the country. As a completely new concept in the Ghanaian business and financial landscape, impact investing is to be championed by GCII in the country and its immediate environs. It also seeks to collaborate and work with other sister institutions, be they private or public, to develop and expand impact investment activities within the country. The centre has a clear vision of providing a “vibrant impact investing environment in Ghana’’

The centre since its establishment had both technical and financial support from various organizations in creating the awareness of impact investing in Ghana. Notable among them are Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), The Rockefeller Foundation, Tony Olumelu Foundation, Venture Capital Trust Fund, Ghana (VCTF), Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
We are also seeking possible collaboration. We wish to invite all individuals and institutions interested in doing anything on or relating to impact investing to contact the centre for possible collaborations.

Vision 

The vision is to achieve a “vibrant impact investing environment in Ghana’’

Mission 
Operate credibly and independently to promote the development of impact investing in Ghana through public education and continuous research into major social and environmental challenges, policy advocacy and impact measurement of various initiatives to address social and environmental challenges.

Objectives
GCII?s main objectives are to:

  1. Influence Government policy in favour of impact investing activities;
  2. Advocate for incentives to encourage the private sector to direct funds towards impact investing;
  3. Drive public awareness on the merits of impact investments; and
  4. Provide the leading role in shaping both private and public impact investment activities in Ghana

Purpose of the Centre 
GCII was established to promote impact investing in Ghana. GCII’s activities shall be targeted at introducing policy makers and the private sector to impact investing. GCII shall seek to position impact investing as a practicable means to resolving Ghana’s social and environmental challenges in line with identified impact areas. To achieve this, GCII shall perform the following:

  1. Public awareness and education through stakeholder engagements on impact investing through various programs and media campaigns as well as regular dissemination of research and case studies.
  2. Seek sponsorships and grant funding to finance its activities and operations in such a manner as to maintain GIRI’s independence in all activities particularly, with respect to advocacy.
  3. Offer educational programs on impact investing through partnerships with both international and local universities and education centres particularly, Business Schools and Institutes of advanced learning.
  4. Conduct regular research of major social and environmental challenges to reveal the impact of policies, and in the case of impact investments, the impact of private capital in addressing those challenges.
  5. Research and analyze the effectiveness of existing policies and advocate the adoption of policies that aim to attract private capital.
  6. Advocate policies that aim to attract private capital to address social challenges and innovative incentives that improve financial return expectations.
  7. Assist in fundraising of impact rated Funds and businesses who wish to raise impact capital for sustainable enterprises.
  8. Partner with global rating agencies to develop and implement a ratings framework for measuring the impact of investments in Ghana.