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This blog is where our community connects and communicates about the challenges and issues they face in practising Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment. The views expressed here are not EVPA's views.

December 13, 2016
Failure
Talking Failure

Why fail? Because when we fail, we learn. When we talked about failure at last month’s EVPA conference in Paris we had a lively response.

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December 05, 2016
How to set up a venture philanthropy organisation or social impact investment fund

Non-profits are increasingly interested in the venture philanthropy and social (impact) investment approach. Taking EVPA's Guide on setting up a venture philanthropy organisation or social...

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September 26, 2016
Technology and Venture Philanthropy – Opportunity or Risk?

Innovation and Technology are rarely priorities for the social sector. They are too often perceived as threats and costs rather than opportunities for better outreach and/or better efficiency.

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August 30, 2016
60 Social Impact Bonds across 15 countries show growing global momentum

In 2010, Social Finance pioneered the world’s first Social Impact Bond in Peterborough. The response was unexpected; governments, social organisations and investors contacted us to understand: How...

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August 30, 2016
Investing in Social Businesses in the Western Balkans

Nadira smiles and takes a sip from her coffee. We are in one of the many cafes and bars in Tirana – enjoying the Balkan culture of meeting over coffee with the Yunus Social Business Balkans team.

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June 30, 2016
The challenge of scaling innovations; barriers, models and success factors

In our experience accompanying the implementation of innovations, we have seen that strategies to scale them up are preferable to simply waiting for others to take the idea and copy the good...

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June 01, 2016
Funding and investment equals sustainability

Nine different organisations came together to build a Platform that could help non-for-profit organisations and social entrepreneurs to be sustainable. On May 16th, 2016 GEOfundos was officially...

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March 01, 2016
Development Impact Bonds – a new finance model for international development

In a remote region of Rajasthan, India, an experiment in a new finance model for international development is well under way and will soon be announcing its first year results.

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December 21, 2015
First Austrian SIB: Economic and social empowerment for women affected by violence

What can be done to make projects aimed at overcoming social challenges more effective and efficient? A pilot project implemented by the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs in the state of Upper...

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November 26, 2015
Kickstarting climate tech and unlocking local growth

Climate change is already showing its teeth in certain regions of the world, and is on course to have an even greater adverse impact – in particular on lower income countries. 

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November 26, 2015
Spain´s impact investment sector: where innovation can create disruptive social change

As in many other European countries, Spain is evidencing the emergence of an ecosystem of social enterprises, incubators, accelerators, and impact investors. The introduction has been slower than...

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November 20, 2015
Great expectations for the social impact investment sector in Spain?

In the run up for EVPA’s annual conference taking place this December in Madrid, Stone Soup Consulting has taken a close look at the social impact investment sector in Spain.

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November 19, 2015
In Europe the creation of enterprises is becoming one of the main vehicles of employment creation. Now we need financing for it.

Unemployment has been a heavy burden on the European economy since the economic crisis: currently 23.5M people, i.e. 9.7% of the active population, are unemployed. We have also known it to be...

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October 15, 2015
Engaging with National Policy Makers: How to make it work

A practical perspective by Celia Tennant of Inspiring Scotland.

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October 01, 2015
Learning from others – what UK social investment can learn from its international partners

The UK can be proud of its efforts to develop a social impact investment market. Building a Social Impact Investment Market: The UK Experiencecatalogued the constant activity by Government and...

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July 02, 2015
Can we replicate SIBs in France?

To date, about 30 Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) have been issued globally. They seek to address a variety of social issues: reducing recidivism of prisoners, fighting school dropout rates, placing...

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May 28, 2015
From social impact start-up to social impact scale-up

Over the past five years, the quest for highly innovative entrepreneurship solutions to some of the most urgent societal issues has seen a growing interest from policy makers, social investors and...

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February 26, 2015
Celebrating the one-year anniversary of a Belgian première

One year ago we announced the launch of the first Belgian Social Impact Bond. This achievement was reached in a record timing of less than a year, by an informal team of professionals including EVPA...

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January 26, 2015
Impact, financial returns and social innovation – How do they go together?

Impact investing presents an appealing promise: it suggests that social impact, the primary goal of philanthropic investors, can be achieved while simultaneously generating financial returns that...

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