The mighty Gates Foundation commits $80m to close the gender data gap, Scottish social entrepreneurs are given a start-up boost and the role of Islamic Social Finance in dealing with critical social issues is highlighted in Istanbul.
The Big Issue has teamed up with social enterprise coffee suppliers Old Spike Roastery to launch Change Please, a venture that will train and employ homesless people to run coffee carts for caffeine lovers.
If you want to "transform lives in a way that hasn’t been achieved before, you need the disruption that social investment creates," says Jeremy Swain from Thames Reach. He talks investment readiness and SIBs with Ellie Ward.
The Real Lettings Property Fund is tackling homelessness in a different way. It has provided secure tenancies in its own properties for 240 of London's homeless people to date, and has now closed to new investors.
With under a week to go until the UK's leading social investment conference, Good Deals 2014, we catch up with one of the key speakers Maff Potts to find out about his social investment hopes and frustrations.