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EVPA provides timely news coverage from EVPA and the broader VP community on the website and in the VP Update, which is sent monthly. If you are interested in receiving it please visit the VP Update page. From this page, you may also download past quarterly issues.

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EU Webinar Series

by EVPA on August 29, 2014

From the capital of Europe come a great many initiatives that may affect your business today or in the future. EVPA has launched its “EU Webinar Series”, dedicated to addressing European topics of interest to the VP/SI community.These EU webinars will offer learning and sharing opportunities and foster a community of practitioners interested or active in EU-related policies. Each webinar will feature guest experts including representatives from the European Commission, national authorities as well as VP/SI practitioners from different Member States. For more information on the EU webinar click here.

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Pioneering the Social Impact Bond: EVPA Member Esmee Fairbairn’s Experiences

by EVPA on August 29, 2014

With over €80m of investment committed to date to social impact bonds across the globe, and positive social results starting to be seen, more and more of our EVPA members are active or looking to explore this growing area of social finance. EVPA members Esmée Fairbairn got involved in the world's first Social Impact Bonds in Peterborough (see article above). They were a cornerstone investor and provided £850,000 in funding to the project. Now that the scheme's first evaluation is in, we asked Esmée Fairbairn's Social Investment Fund Manager Trupti Patel for her reflections on the scheme, its results and its social merit.

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Q&A with Agdevco

by EVPA on August 28, 2014

As a membership organisation we value the contributions that each organisation brings to the network. Therefore we highlight new members as they join our community. This month we talk to new associate member AGDevCo 1. Please tell us a little bit about your organisation and your objectives? AgDevCo is a social venture capital fund operating exclusively in the African agriculture sector. We provide long-term risk capital (debt and equity) and management support to early-stage farming and food processing businesses. Our investments range in size from $250k to $4m.

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EVPA Welcomes New Members

by EVPA on August 28, 2014

With over 170+ members, EVPA is growing every month. This August we welcomed three new associate members dedicated to the Venture Philanthropy movement: AXA Belgium - Corporate Responsibility, Deutsche Bank AG and the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie.

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EVPA Blog Launched

by EVPA on August 28, 2014

As a community driven organisation, we are very pleased to announce we now have a dedicated online space where we can foster discussion among our members and stakeholders. With the financial assistance of the European Commission, we have launched a blog intended as an online space where you- our members and stakeholders - can have conversations around the issues that you face in your day to day practice of venture philanthropy and social investment. The first two blogs are now live- 

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