Systems Change Series: February Lecture
Social enterprises – organizations that deliver measurable social or environmental results through market-based approaches - can play a key role in delivering health care services, but they often have difficulty accessing the capital they need to scale up and sustain their impact over time. At the same time, investors are increasingly seeking opportunities to deploy their capital in ways that generate social impact. What role can impact investment and other innovative finance approaches play in enhancing health care for under-served populations? Chris Walker will speak about various investment and financial initiatives that are playing a role in improving public health.
In his role as Social Innovations Director at Mercy Corps, Chris Walker manages the Innovation Investment Alliance, a partnership between the Skoll Foundation and USAID that finances the scale-up of social enterprises. He also advises Mercy Corps’ Social Venture Fund, which invests in and accelerates impact-oriented, for-profit businesses. In addition, Chris is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he teaches a graduate course on impact investing and innovative finance.
Light refreshments will be served.