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Understanding the concept and value of social innovation

The term social innovation has been used in a number of ways. Some of the earliest references, dating back to…

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Social capital – its value and how to measure it

The newly revisited concept of social capital is now prominent in several fields of social science. For Next Generation Consultants,…

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The value and importance of socio-economic research and baseline studies in social investment and development practices

Definition: Socio-economics is the study of the relationship between economic activity and social life. In many cases, however, socio-economists focus…

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Performance measurement and management – future critical tools for social and impact investors

Performance measurement and management practices – monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment – play an invaluable role in providing insights into…

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Determining impact and return on investment: Searching for a holy grail?

Assessing the impact of sustainable development programmes, especially ongoing performance measurement and management, has gained momentum in recent years. The…

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What is wrong with current monitoring and evaluation practices?

Questions about whether development programmes “work” have preoccupied the development sector for a long time. In today’s reality of continued…

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Towards better monitoring and evaluation practice in performance measurement

Performance measurement is at the heart of all efforts by social investors and grantmakers to make social/community investment and development…

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NGOs – the big losers in the current social investment sphere

Social and developmental enterprises like NGOs are increasingly struggling to get funding for their projects and programmes – and with…

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Africa starts shaping its own future – and the world is noticing

We’ve had news to this effect from various fronts, but we now have good reason to believe that 2018 –…

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In social investment, it’s now about hard evidence and measured impact (2018 CSI trends media release)

12 April 2018 Social and impact investors no longer just want to know that they’ve attempted to change the world…

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