UK high street banks have been called upon to support emergency loan fund for social ventures, while social investors promise three-week turnaround and regular reviews to adapt and improve the fund where needed.
A £25m recovery fund, £29m in emergency loans and £50m more as Big Society Capital pledges to "reprioritise and repurpose" existing and future investments – while charities get a long-awaited promise of funding from government.
UK social investors have asked the government to contribute to a multimillion pound liquidity fund, while voluntary sector representatives warn charities face a £4.3bn funding shortfall over the next 12 weeks.
Research from The Young Foundation – seen as a first step in the “learning journey” – recommends setting up a group to explore low-cost tools and to test new ways of hearing from the people social investors aim to serve.
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?