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The Huffington Post: Impact Investing: $1.5 Billion in Commitments and a New Resource for Policymakers

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Repost from The Huffington Post. Click here for original publication. By: Jean Case Posted: 26/06/2014 It’s a great week for impact investing. At the White House roundtable on impact investing today, corporations, banks, foundations, and individuals including Prudential, Capricorn Investment Group and the Omidiyar Network committed to invest more than $1.5 billion in new capital into companies and funds that strive to …

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How do we solve and finance social problems?

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This article appeared on the website of the Forum of Social Innovation Sweden. Click here to see the original post. Published 23 June 2014 by Camilla Backström |  Photo: Kieron Boyle The G8 Social Finance Task Force has been up and running for about a year. Forum for Social Innovation Sweden recently had the opportunity to talk to Kieron Boyle, one …

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The Huffington Post: Impact Investing: Should We Take a Risk With Other People’s Lives?

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The UK Government has announced some very public failures in new models of public services this week, and this begs some questions about failure for all of us investing in social innovation.

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Social Enterprise Buzz: The White House’s new $65.8M Social Innovation Fund competition is the largest to date

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The Obama administration created a Social Innovation Fund (SIF) in 2009 that launched yearly competitions since 2010 to award grantmaking intermediaries with grant funding.

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The Seattle Times – Editorial: Social impact bonds are a smart way to solve old problem

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STATE lawmakers interested in solving old problems in a new way should spend a few moments thumbing through Rep. Hans Zeiger’s proposal to create something called “social impact bonds.”

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Governing: The Promise and Potential of Social Impact Bonds

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Deciding which social-services programs to cut and which to save shouldn’t grind government to a halt. By only paying for success, a new funding tool known as “social impact bonds” (SIBs) that is gaining traction across the country shows real promise for moving the needle on longstanding social problems.

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The Guardian- One year on: what impact has the Social Value Act had so far?

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One year ago, the Social Value Act was introduced, which aims to transform the way money is spent on local public services. It does this by requiring the people in charge of putting in place our public services (commissioners) to think about more than just how to design these services and who will provide them.

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Fast Company: The Biggest Social Impact Bond In The U.S. Will Keep At-Risk Young Men In Jobs And Out Of Prison

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Roca, a 26-year-old Massachusetts organization that aids high-risk young men who are on track for incarceration and early death, has proven its worth with an effective model for keeping its participants out of jail and in steady jobs.

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Forbes: Rajiv Shah And Tony Blair On Impact Investing

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A new investment fund structured by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will, for the first time, allow individual and institutional investors the opportunity to finance late-stage global health technologies that have the potential to save millions of lives in low-income countries.

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The Press: Social impact of unaffordable housing

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Housing affordability, or the lack of it, has been very much a topic of conversation in Christchurch recently. At the same time that a study ranked the city’s housing as severely unaffordable, academics discussed the issue at an international conference at Lincoln University.

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Pro Bono Australia: World Economic Forum Drives Impact Investing

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The World Economic Forum has launched a global learning exchange to develop the impact investing movement worldwide. The Global Learning Exchange on Social Impact Investing (GLE) was launched in collaboration with the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative (IIPC) and the support of the UK Cabinet Office.

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Policy interventions to build the demand for impact investments in Morocco: Introduction of an ecosystem analysis framework

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Impact investing has the potential to support socio-economic development and can be of interest for governmental stakeholders to complement their efforts in poverty reduction especially in developing countries. Many politicians seem to be interested but do not know where to start.

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A Global, Cross-sector Dialogue on Impact Investing

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Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to speak to IIPC partners in Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India and Turkey about ongoing local and regional efforts to make impact investing relevant for governments to accelerate economic development.

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Lessons Learned from Microfinance for the Impact Investing Sector

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In the 1990s, people assumed that the altruistic intentions inherent in microfinancing would be enough to prevent exploitation once introduced into mainstream markets. With the recent recommendations from the World Economic Forum in their report, “Bringing Impact Investing From the Margins to the Mainstream,” it is more important than ever that we consider the potential consequences of such developments.

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The Intersection of Public Policy and Impact Investing

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We’ve been working on the intersection of public policy and impact investing for a while now at the Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI) and, in anticipation of the upcoming Mission Investors Exchange convening in Washington, D.C. next month, it seems worth thinking more about how foundations in particular fit into that puzzle. So we’ve started to do that. In the …

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Defining ESG guidelines: The Indian experience

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In my previous posts (here and here), I outlined the efforts behind forming a Working Group (convened by cKinetics in partnership with IIPC, among others) tasked with examining the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policy landscape in India. This post summarizes the findings of a report on the guidelines released by the Indian government for companies to move towards better standards …

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Opening the Curtain on the New 2.0 Era of Impact Investing

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Impact investing has not been growing as quickly as many practitioners might have hoped. Knowledge of what does and does not work in impact investing remains closely held. And because impact investing is unconventional (blending capital market tools, investor motivations, and professional disciplines from the private, public, and social sectors), the need to explain to outsiders precisely what is going …

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Policy Symbiosis – The Importance of Cross-sector Collaboration for Scaling Impact Investing

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On November 7, 2013 PCV launched Impact Investing 2.0:  The Way Forward – Insight from 12 Outstanding Funds, in partnership with CASE at Duke University and ImpactAssets, at the World Economic Forum in New York. The report provides a new framework that pushes beyond the “why” of impact investing to the “how” and ushers in a new era for the …

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Social Impact Investment Taskforce Established By the G8 Hits the Ground Running

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Sir Ronald Cohen is Chairman of Big Society Capital and founder chairman of Bridges Ventures and the Portland Trust. He is a director of Social Finance USA. He chaired the Social Investment Task Force (2000-2010) and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007). He was a co-founder and director of Social Finance UK (2007-2011) . (Photo credit: apax.com) This article was …

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Narrow minds hamper Hong Kong’s search for social innovation

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Ming Wong and Philo Alto Ming Wong and Philo Alto say the best solutions to Hong Kong’s problems can only be found with genuine collaboration across sectors Hong Kong today faces unprecedented challenges hindering its pursuit of a better and more sustainable future. Persistent environmental problems along with social issues, including our worsening wealth gap, lack of affordable housing, ageing …

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