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Finance Innovation Lab Fellowship 2018-19 – now open for applications!

Finance Matters’ partners Finance Innovation Lab have opened applications for the Lab Fellowship 2018-19 - and this year’s theme is data. The Lab is on the hunt for brilliant innovations that harness the power of data to make finance serve people and planet – whether that’s...

MBAs: the case against

The MBA has long been seen as the essential qualification for business leaders, but in a recently published extract from her book Makers and Takers, Financial Times journalist Rana Foroohar argues that the qualification is failing the economy and society. Foroohar argues that "MBA education today is basically an education...

Development finance: why less cash is better

NextBillion, the online news site for all things related to development financing, posted an interesting read this week about the benefits of digital transfers over cash. Whilst the benefits of digital innovation in financial products have long been touted as a means to reduce poverty...

Foundations commit to impact investment

The Ford Foundation has announced its commitment to pursue impact investment as part of its endowment investment strategy. The Foundation, which aims to tackle global inequality, has over $10 billion in assets, suggesting a big lift for the sector even if only a portion of...

Big bets in philanthropy

The Stanford Social Innovation Review recently published an article exploring the use of 'big bets' in philanthropy and the apparent gap between the rhetoric and reality of donors supporting innovation in social change. The research explores donations over $10million dollars finding that only 20% of these...

Social entrepreneurship and education

There appears to be growing attention around the role of education in social impact and social entrepreneurs with a number of blogs addressing the subject in recent weeks. The Huffington Post presented a business case for social education, arguing that such education would yield benefits for businesses in equipping...

Innovation in Impact

Founder of ClearlySo, the UK impact investment intermediary, Rodney Schwartz blogged this week about the potential use of 90/10 products in impact investing. He asserts that the innovation, a feature of French investment funds, would help attract new retail investors into the impact market, offering them the relative...

Financial innovation in international development

Nesta, the UK innovation charity, published an interesting piece last week on the potential challenges facing financial innovation in development. They highlight five key channels including the risk of 'incrementalism', for example that innovation is not transformative to development but rather works within 'existing assumptions and operating models'. Three...

Conclusions from the World Bank Forum on Microcredit

NextBillion, the enterprise and development website, reported this week on the World Bank's recent forum on Microcredit and its impact. The forum comes as a number of researchers have called into question the impact that micro finance has on those in poverty that it purports to benefit. NextBillion...

Finance Matters Happy Hour: Filippo Addarii, Young Foundation

Join us for our July 2014 happy hour with Filippo Addarii, Head of EuropeLab and Director of International Strategy at the Young Foundation. Filippo has 12 years’ experience in designing, fundraising for and managing European multi-stakeholder projects for socio-economic development through innovative approaches and civic engagement...