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Innovations in Asset Finance

Asset finance offers donors and investors a potentially scalable approach to advancing several SDGs. A growing body of evidence suggests that assets help poor people capture opportunities and build resilience, with effects relevant to several SDGs. Asset transfer programs have demonstrated enormous impact but are expensive and may face obstacles to scale. With the SDGs facing an estimated annual investment gap of $2.5 trillion, innovations in asset financing offer a more sustainable alternative to transfers, with the potential to drive asset ownership at scale. This slide deck introduces innovative business models that asset finance providers are deploying to overcome obstacles to serving low-income customers, explaining how they work and what makes them inclusive.

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New asset finance business models are breaking down old barriers to putting life-changing assets into the hands of poor households. But to meaningfully advance SDGs, they’ll need to scale responsibly, and this is where funders can play a role.