On August 24, 2011 Avantage Ventures released a report titled ‘Beyond the Margin: Redirecting Asia’s Capitalism’, the first to analyse the Asian social finance market.
I had the opportunity share some of my insight thoughts with the Avantage Ventures staff during the preparation of this report. The report has, for the first time, made an attempt to give a number to the estimated size of the Asian Social Investments market. The report highlights six key social sectors that would benefit most from impact investments, these include:
- Affordable housing
- Sustainable agriculture and agribusiness
- Water and sanitation facilities
- Primary and special needs education
- Rural and elderly healthcare
- Rural access to energy
Of these, affordable housing, primary education and rural and elderly healthcare represent the three sectors with the greatest market opportunity. The report also estimates the potential market size that can be captured through impact investing in Developing Asia to be between USD52 to USD158 billion by 2020.