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Confused by impact investing?

With the growth of impact investing as a practice, the term itself has proliferated. At first glance this appears positive: more use of the term = more awareness and use of the practice. However, there is also a risk that with increasing breadth of use...

Impact measurement: asking some difficult questions

A recent report explores the activities of leading UK social investment intermediaries (i.e. funds that make social investments). The report is useful reading for anyone who would like to understand how these intermediaries assess potential investment opportunities, both in terms of financial and social returns, and subsequently how performance of...

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...

GIIN: Impact Investing in South Asia

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) recently published a report assessing the impact investing sector in South Asia; the report was part funded via DFID which is indicative of the increasing interest by traditional 'development' agencies in impact investing, as well as the UK's interest in being a centre of excellence...

OECD releases new report on the impact investment market

The OECD have released a report entitled Social Impact Investment: building the evidence base. The report proposes a framework through which to assess the impact investment market and emphasises the need to gather further evidence in order to improve engagement with the sector and support its growth globally. The...

Finance Matters Happy Hour: Caroline Mason, COO of Big Society Capital

Join us for our September happy hour with Caroline Mason, COO of Big Society Capital,  the UK's social investment bank. Big Society Capital, the world’s first social investment wholesaler, launched in 2012 with a £600m to invest in building the social investment market in the UK. Caroline...