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  • Public money and ‘risky bets’ needed – impact funds can’t do it all, says EIF impact investment chief

    Impact investors must show ‘humility’ as market still highly dependent on those seeking below-market rate returns, says European Investment Fund’s Cyril Gouiffes. We report from day one of the ChangeNOW conference in Paris.

  • ‘Disappointing’ and ‘not reasonable’: Social Enterprise UK calls for Big Society Capital rethink

    Big Society Capital must reconsider plans not to focus solely on social enterprises or provide core funding for a Black-led social investment fund, say Social Enterprise UK's CEO Peter Holbrook and chair Lord Victor Adebowale.

  • Microfinance pioneer BRAC taps capital markets for ‘transformative’ growth

    BRAC International Microfinance – which provides financial services to ‘bottom-of-the-pyramid’ customers, particularly women living in poverty – set to “grow significantly” and expand into three new countries over the next five years. 

  • Big change at Big Society Capital? CEO Stephen Muers responds to Adebowale Commission

    As Big Society Capital marks its 10-year anniversary, CEO Stephen Muers reveals key changes ahead – including addressing past failings on diversity and changing a target return rate that is now “out of step” with the organisation's mission. 

  • Opinion: Fearless, agile, driven – why entrepreneurs' skills are invaluable in Ukraine

    Logistics knowledge, problem-solving abilities and legal expertise are all key in relief efforts. As the war in Ukraine continues, will more entrepreneurs answer the call to make a bigger, bolder difference to the world, asks Carrie Santos.

  • Business reform campaigners cling on to hope after UK State opening of parliament

    The Queen's Speech, marking the annual state opening of the UK parliament, was dominated by the Levelling Up agenda. But the most animated response among the impact community was from the Better Business Act campaign.

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