Anton works globally with practitioners, investors, donors, technical assistance providers and policy makers to improve the effectiveness of businesses in delivering positive social outcomes. As Director of the Imp-Act Consortium, Anton was instrumental in the development of the Universal Standards in Social Performance management – industry standards in microfinance widely used in social due diligence, rating, technical assistance and reporting. Most recently he led the design and roll-out to ten countries of a social performance diagnostic and capacity building approach for Dutch social investor Oikocredit.
His recent book The Business of Doing Good, which draws insights from one remarkable social enterprise in Cambodia, proposes key elements necessary for social organisations to be effective in delivering outcomes.
A new book by Anton Simanowitz and Katherine Knotts starts with Selia's story, a woman from Cambodia and beneficiary of microcredit. As she tells her story a pressing issue comes to light – the unintended consequences of doing good.