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Call for entries: SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards

Call for entries: SAB Foundation Social Innovation Awards

  The SAB Foundation is looking for entries into their 2014 Social Innovation Awards. The awards recognise, reward and upscale innovative solutions which aim to improve the lives of people in low-income areas, in particular women, the youth, people with disabilities and people living in rural areas. First prize is R1 million in grant funding to commercialise your innovation  Read more »

Impact Investing 101

Impact investing is receiving increasing attention from investors, philanthropists, academics and policy makers around the world. There are now dozens of regional and global conferences and events which aim to bring together a range of actors in the impact investing industry. In 2013, for the first time, impact investing was on the agendas at both  Read more »

Is first loss capital the key to scale for impact investing?

Impact investing is still a marginal activity, particularly in the developing world. In part, its growth is limited because many working in the financial sector do not understand the risk profiles of impact investment opportunities. As CARRON HOWARD, who manages the High Impact funds at Cadiz Asset Management explains how catalytic first loss capital could  Read more »

Impact investing on the agenda at the World Economic Forum

Impact investing featured prominently on the agenda at the recent World Economic Forum conference in Davos, Switzerland. Leaders from the worlds of politics, business and academia discussed how to take impact investing from the margins to the mainstream. The WEF summarises the current state of impact investing as follows: Investors continue to operate within a  Read more »

The big consequences of micro-lending

After enjoying years as the darling of development investors, microlenders are increasingly in the spotlight for burdening consumers with inappropriate, high-cost debt. When that happens, access to credit is more of a noose than the lifeline it is often assumed to be. Futuregrowth Chief Investment Officer, ANDREW CANTER, considers some of the unintended consequences of  Read more »

Explainer: How do social impact bonds work?

Since they were first piloted in the UK in 2010, impact bonds have been the source of much excitement in the world of development finance. They represent an innovative way for governments, development finance institutions and the private sector to collaborate in addressing pressing social issues. Perhaps their biggest promise, however, is that the structure  Read more »

Milking profits: a tale of cows in Kenya

Regular contributor, Kerryn Krige, looks at an innovative dairy project in Kenya and discovers some hard lessons for civil society in South Africa. Funding is not the problem – we need to connect with our markets and raise the standards of our work and practices. “It is not funding that is the problem. It’s access  Read more »

The for-profit and not-for-profit Big Bang Theory

Two worlds are colliding and the results can only be fun. I am sitting in the Impact Investing conference (organised by GreaterCapital at GIBS) and you can see it happening. There are those of us from a non-profit background (clearly visible as we don’t wear sharp cut suits or impossibly high heels) and those from the  Read more »

Investing for inclusive growth

Thanks to our speakers, delegates, media partners, sponsor and GreaterCapital team, the SA network for Impact Investing Conference 2012 was a resounding success. Here are all the tweets from the conference and some of the great feedback we received. @HMabaso: Great SAImpact conference. Lovely networking platform. Inspiring in every way. @GreaterCapital well done! 8 May @GreaterCapital: And  Read more »

Pioneering pension fund regulation

Talking pension fund regulation at SAII 2010

With the review of Regulation 28, South African pension holders now have the opportunity to demand that their savings are invested responsibly, in companies that respect the environment, follow fair labour practices and contribute to the country’s social development. The aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis has seen consumers and investors around the world demanding  Read more »