August 2015

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Microfinance leaders get feisty

This week saw something of a Twitter spat between microfinance leaders Rupert Scofield (head of microfinance institution FINCA) and Dean Karlan (founder of Innovations for Poverty Action). The debate was seemingly sparked by an article published in the Independent newspaper in which Scofield suggested that microfinance was an effective tool to...

UK company achieves successful crowdfunding exit

We recently covered a number of successful repayments for charity bond and social impact bonds. Also in the news recently, is the successful exit for crowdfunders who had an equity investment in E-Car Club, a social enterprise that offers electronic car sharing schemes. The exit, reported to be...

What about failure?

Next Billion, the news site advocating development through enterprise, have published an interview with Daniel Izzo about his experience as co-founder of Vox Capital, a Brazilian impact investing firm. Izzo raises the point of a dual risk of failure in impact investing: the risk that the business...

OpEd: Socially Responsible Banking

Whilst many of our readers seek to transition from their 'traditional finance' careers into more socially- or environmentally-oriented roles, others seek to integrate sustainability into their mainstream organisations. This week saw the Huffington Post publish an OpEd by Bertrand Gacon, a banker who helped shape both BNP and Lombard Odier's...

Impact investments repaid

Recent weeks have seen a number of impact investments repaid, an important mile stone in a young and innovation-oriented sector. Scope, a UK disability charity, have repaid their £2 million charity bond, the funds from which have been used to open 20 new shops and grow...

Social Investment Tax Relief fund launched

UK impact investing advocates have long discussed how to open impact investing to a broader range of individual investors and the announcement of Social Investment Tax Relief last year sought to address just that. The tax relief seeks to encourage investment in qualifying social enterprises and charities by providing...

Introducing the Impact Investing Benchmark

According to a new report by global investment advisor Cambridge Associates and the Global Impact Investing Network, private impact investment funds with social impact goals have posted positive financial returns within about 1 percent of funds that place higher importance to financial gains. According to reports, the...

Social Impact Bonds: 5 years on

Five years after the launch of the first social impact bond in the UK, the success of the product is hotly debated. Brookings Institution, the U.S. think tank, released a substantial report on the subject that offers "grounds for cautious optimism." The report, covering the 38 SIBs...

Social Impact Bonds: Five Years On

Five years after the launch of the first social impact bond in the UK, the success of the product is hotly debated. Brookings Institution, the U.S. think tank, released a substantial report on the subject that offers "grounds for cautious optimism." The report, covering the 38...