Anna joined the team in 2018 as Managing Editor at Pioneers Post and Fable Bureau, bringing over 10 years' experience as a freelance journalist, writer/editor and communications specialist. With a focus on international development and social enterprise, Anna has also worked in-house at international organisations including Euclid Network, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and British Council, as well as for a Brussels-based communications agency. She oversaw the communications of the Belgian government's aid work in Tanzania for a year, and has led community/youth media projects in Uganda and Kenya and more recently through the youth charity Exposure in north London. Anna is a Fellow of the On Purpose social enterprise programme.
European funding for the social economy faces uncertainty over the coming months – but European Commission representatives reiterate strong support and point to success of existing financial instruments.
Public sector organisations are keen to support social investment – and in many cases are already playing a wider role than commonly perceived. But misunderstandings and internal blockages can still create headaches.
A new wave of corporate social investors is drawing on the best of two worlds, philanthropy and corporate responsibility. A parent firm’s firepower brings advantages – but also challenges, as the Sanofi Espoir Foundation in France reveals.
“We are aiming high because we have no other option” - new campaign from business leaders, academics, legal experts, social enterprise support bodies and regional authorities calls for immediate shakeup of company law.
As foundations plan to boost the UK’s emergency loan fund for social enterprises, our exclusive interview with the UK’s top impact CIO, Jeremy Rogers, reveals that mergers, as well as money, may be needed to save struggling social investors.