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In social investment, it's now about hard evidence and measured impactSocial and impact investors no longer just want to know that they've attempted to change the world for the better. They want to know if their investment meant something. They want detailed evidence that their investment led to large-scale, significant impact, whether it contributed to sustainable change, and if there was significant return on their investment. They are looking for evidence to gain insight in how - and if - they should proceed funding specific organisations or programmes. Impact assessment is therefore a non-negotiable to find that proof. 20 Apr 2018 Read more

Social needs to up its game to keep receiving financial supportToday's philanthropists, grantmakers, social and impact investors want more control over their giving and they want evidence of the scale and sustainability of the impact they make. They demand greater transparency and accountability from the organisations they invest in and hold them to account. They want quick results and return on their investment, and therefore prefer to put their money where they can see innovation, especially through technology like applications, fintech or mobile tech, as it can empower and ensure inclusivity. 18 Apr 2018 Read more

Social investors now want to see impact, sustainability - and ROIInvesting in social and developmental causes has become increasingly innovative lately, moving away from one-directional donations and suchlike. Social investors now use a mix of finance models to put their money where it has the potential to grow substantially. They are looking for opportunities where their investment will have considerable long-term impact, while contributing to sustainable, meaningful development. They also want to evaluate that impact accurately, to measure the return on their investment. 17 Apr 2018 Read more

Implementing social innovation strategies at a systemic level: A wish list for 2018Spring has officially sprung and we're heading towards the planning phase for the forthcoming financial year. There is no better time to clean out the CSI closet and consider more innovative approaches that can equip us to better manage risk, face challenges and maximise opportunities along the value chain. 1 Sep 2017 Read more

Dominant grantmaking trends in 2017: Assessing the year so farLike any business or personal relationship, successful grantmaking is essentially about savvy expectation management. Whether it be the expectations of policymakers and strategists, social investors, donors and funders, beneficiaries, volunteers or any other stakeholders that we manage, to facilitate best practices and optimal outcomes it is essential that we strive to set up CSI and social innovation models that (to quote that much overused business adage) do not overpromise and underdeliver. 4 May 2017 Read more

Let's do social innovation rather than corporate social investmentCompanies cannot be sustainable if the communities they depend on for future business are unsustainable. While this may sound as logical and common sensical as continually adapting CSI efforts to keep up in an ever-changing world, so many corporates have been riding the wave of change on the same old social investment board for several years. 1 Sep 2016 Read more

Measuring the impact of social investmentsIn recent years, a well-documented trend has emerged within the field of community investment and development. Social investors, non-profits, social enterprises and governments are united by a common goal: Sustainable social change. To reach this goal, the social sector must identify what approaches work — and why. Two factors have emerged to drive this development: A higher demand for accountability, and a need for greater effectiveness of development investments in the face of limited resources. 15 Apr 2016 Read more

Common mistakes in stakeholder engagementStakeholder management can be an effective risk management tool. But simply engaging for purposes of reporting or compliance and governance underestimates the real value of stakeholder engagement. 14 Sep 2015 Read more