News and Views

  • Ex-minister Hurd lambasts UK government for failing to ‘get it’ on impact economy

    Frustrated former minister who helped birth UK’s social investment policy warns powerful department for business is now falling behind on major global shift towards purpose-led business and ESG.

  • Institutional investors and recycled returns play growing role in €6bn impact funds

    New EVPA research on investors for impact in Europe also finds that over a third are involved in hybrid financial mechanisms, with a growing number providing non-financial support.

  • Latimpacto launches first study into venture philanthropy in Latin America

    New case study-based research on “investing for impact” in Latin America and the Caribbean aims to spark more innovative investments with a greater capacity for risk in the region.

  • Ex-Clarity employee aims to fight 'injustice' of 1.1m disabled people who can’t find work 

    Former marketing manager made redundant from high profile social enterprise Clarity & Co. says her startup can show cleaning companies how to do it better.

  • Too many ‘fancy-pants bankers’? UK social investors criticised for lack of frontline experience

    Social entrepreneurs tell Adebowale Commission that social investors’ staffing is putting them off, while LEYF boss says experienced business leaders should be given paid roles on boards.

  • Award-winning Czech NGO wins €1m grant to train women and young people in IT

    Some 90% of ICT specialists in the Czech Republic are men. A grant from the Velux Foundations will help social enterprise Czechitas to change this by expanding its affordable computer training for women and girls.