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How impact investment is evolving: From homo sapiens (silos) to home-sapiens (inter-connected with housing)

Meera Siva July 13, 2022

Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes adequate housing as a right of every person and as the foundation for all human development. But currently more than 1.6 billion people are housing insecure. Meanwhile, impact investors broadly have not prioritized housing as a solution to poverty in the Global South. Can startups advancing new technologies – from 3D printing construction to modern piped water infrastructure – change the tide?

Interconnected with wealth, health, climate, equity, and many other outcomes, housing is key to actualizing healthy communities. Investments in innovations in the housing sector address housing insecurity directly by reducing costs, increasing access, and mitigating the harshest impacts of climate change.

International non-governmental organizations (INGOs) like Habitat for Humanity International and Mercy Corps have championed investments in social ventures globally, from Cambodia and India to Kenya and Mexico. These unconventional investors will share their trials and tribulations in using impact investments to achieve desired outcomes.



Meta Themes

  • Reimagine Systems

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion

  • Power and Capital


Affordable Housing; Impact Investing; Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Purpose and Desired Outcome

• Demonstrate how high-risk venture capital investments can have outsized impacts for base of pyramid populations. • Illustrate the role of housing as a key component of social determinants • Establish the potential for disruption with newer technologies applied in housing through examples


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Entrepreneurs


  • NameTom Uhlman
  • TitleCo-founder and Managing Partner
  • OrganizationNew Venture Partners
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameMeera Siva
  • TitleDirector, Shelter Venture Fund
  • OrganizationHabitat for Humanity International
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameTim Rann
  • TitleManaging Partner, Mercy Corps Ventures
  • OrganizationMercy Corps
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameVikram Gandhi
  • TitleFounder
  • OrganizationAsha Impact
  • StatusInvited
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