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Reimagining A Future For Corporate Social Investment

We are entering a new world order and future blockbusters and documentaries about the past will probably refer to the eras before coronavirus (BC) and after coronavirus (AC). Whatever your worldview, it is now clear from the world’s collective experiences and expectations of the future that it will be about restructuring the economic, environmental and social order in which business, …

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Impact Reports – Sharing the Story of your Impact Journey

Over the past 12 months we purposefully set out to study social impact reports. Because of our work in impact management and measurement, we needed to find the best way to tell the story of what impact was achieved. In our quest to determine best practice, we found that currently most impact reports only share anecdotal stories. And whilst this …

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Blended Finance

Innovative and blended finance as a route to greater social impact and sustainabilityThere are three ways in which private resources can be harnessed for meeting societal needs: Through charitable giving and philanthropy Through corporate social responsibility programmes Through the latest arrival in the marketplace for doing good – impact investing. Social finance is a rapidly growing industry – the number …

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Are You Ready for the Money? Capital Generation Options

Because I’ve been working in the social investment and development sector for more than 20 years, sometimes it feels like I’ve seen everything. Yet, whilst I get impatient with the time it takes to see meaningful change occur, I’m amazed at the resilience of the sector—to beat the odds time and again. What is starting to get to me though, …

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The good, the bad and the ugly of pitching for funding

A new trend is sweeping the globe, the advent of the challenge fund which invites social entrepreneurs who are pitching for funding in a competition space. From Barloworld’s Mbewu programme which will see R30 million awarded to social innovators who face off in “The Big Pitch” through to SAB’s Social Innovation Award which has invested R44 million to support 144 …

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How to develop an effective impact report

Communicating impact is growing in importance as more and more stakeholders in the development sector begin to see the value in sharing their journeys and success stories. In a previous article we touched on the importance of transparency, especially as societies try to forge a new social compact that serves all members of society. One way to achieve this transparency …

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Social Innovation: beyond the buzz

From organ transplant deliveries by drone to smartphone apps that help diagnose eye disease and plant-based burgers that taste just like meat right through to entrepreneurship programmes that aim to build thriving early child development centres – the social innovation sector is a varied and dynamic one that aims to find innovative solutions to some of society’s most pressing problems. …

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Rethinking the funding of NGOs

The Next Generation Research Report 2020, Disruption with Impact dived deep into how the development sector, and how the funding of NGOs, is changing. Some of the most significant pressures that organisations face is the demand to become more professional and business-like in their operations. This in turns put greater emphasis on adopting cutting-edge evaluation, incorporating innovative technology and putting …