Led by Karen Wilson, the OECD recently hosted an international meeting at which it launched its latest report on impact investing, entitled Social Impact Investment 2019: The Impact Imperative for Sustainable Development. The report provides new evidence and guidance for policymakers and development finance actors to mobilize more capital to advance the 2030 Agenda. To…(Read more)
Jon Shell and Jack Graham of Social Capital Partners make the case that “a coalition of nations could build an employment platform adaptable to changing labour markets–an International Space Station for work.” Read their visionary piece here. Access SCP’s full report here
Professor Moya Alonso of Southern Georgia University has posted a very useful blog on AEA365 on how to effectively engage evaluation stakeholders in developing program logic models. Mobilizing a diverse stakeholder advisory group and facilitating meaningful discussion, as well as handing over the logic model that is produced to the staff group
The Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP), a professional advocacy group and knowledge network, recently celebrated 25 years of working to make Canadian development assistance more effective. Thanks to the efforts of leaders like Pamela Branch, Richard Beattie and others, the association instituted a professional code of conduct and an annual conference that is…(Read more)
The Government of Canada’s recent announcement that it is allocating $800M to a new Social Finance Fund for Canada has vaulted the nation from its lagging position in impact investing and innovative finance to a position as an international leader in this space. While the details are still to be worked out, and the funds…(Read more)
The Mastercard Foundation has launched a $2M seed fund to help Mastercard Scholars from across Africa kick-start social enterprises to solve community problems and build their own livelihoods pathways.
The African Evaluation Journal just published the article “Understanding and Optimising the Social Impact of Venture Capital: Three Lessons from Ghana,” which reports on an action research project undertaken jointly by the Institute of Development Studies and the Venture Capital Trust Fund of Ghana. Among other things, for example, the study found that venture investments…(Read more)
A new case study on the work of the University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation shows how post-secondary educational institutions can build green, social real estate projects, including affordable housing, and incubate scaled social enterprises—all in partnership with community organizations. Commissioned jointly by the McConnell Foundation and UWCRC, and authored by Edward Jackson
On October 20, 2018, at the British Columbia Horticultural Garden, Dr. Budd Hall and Dr. Rajesh Tandon, joint holders of the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, conferred a lifetime achievement award on Dr. Ted Jackson for his leadership in advancing participatory partnerships in Canada, Africa and Asia.
On October 25, 2018, at the Social Capital Markets conference (SoCap 18) in San Francisco, some 70 delegates engaged in a workshop on the Intersection of Participation and Impact Investing, discussing obstacles to and best practices for expanding participation at all stages of the investment cycle. Panellists included Morgan Simon, author of Real Impact