News and Views

  • Frauen power: Are Germany’s social enterprises bucking a trend of male-dominated business?

    Almost half of social enterprises are led by women, finds the latest German Social Entrepreneurship Monitor. And more than 80% say their product or service is a market first.

  • Backing bold ideas: How DFID’s IMPACT Programme seeks to catalyse change

    The UK government’s £160m IMPACT Programme helps boost impact investment in emerging markets. As a first batch of grants are announced, the programme's team leader shares three insights that will shape its priorities in the years to come.

  • Can cheap be cheerful? Four hotly debated questions on social value in public services

    Tensions that we don’t talk about and purchasing decisions we thought were right but shouldn’t have made – procurement bosses and social value gurus get to grips with the big issues of buying for public benefit.

  • How to open the black box of impact investing?

    Three big questions remain if impact investing is to fulfil its potential. In the final of a three-part series, the University of Heidelberg’s Gorgi Krlev asks: why do we still know so little about impact investing markets?

  • Short n Sweet: Australia wants its own Big Society Capital

    Bite-sized news from the impact economy: Australia’s social investment market reviewed, Social Enterprise Academy arrives in Egypt, UnLtd backs 12 new ventures. Plus, Nick Hurd joins Access foundation, and opportunities for social entrepreneurs.

  • Follow the SDG investing leader: Ghana

    Ghana is world-leading in tracking spending on Sustainable Development Goals – making it ripe for impact investors. GSG's Krisztina Tora on the growing momentum (and infrastructure) for impact investment in the west African nation.