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The term ‘Impact Investing’ might well have started cropping up more regularly within boardrooms around South Africa over the last few years, especially in conjunction with a company’s corporate social investment approach or their social responsibility initiatives. But now, as the COVID-19 pandemic expands and life as we know it is changing in unimaginable ways, Impact Investing is a way for companies to have a fundamental impact on the increasing challenges we face in South Africa, particularly in terms of poverty, inequality and unemployment.

Evaluating your social investment – timing and process is everything

As more and more social investors are moving away from just “doing good” and becoming intentional about making impactful investments, high-quality formal evaluations are crucial to inform improved investment design and implementation.

What every CEO needs to know about impact investing

As a business leader the term impact investing is probably cropping up more regularly in your board room discussions especially in conjunction with debates about your corporate social investment approach or your company’s social responsibility.

A look at social impact bonds in South Africa one year on…

Social Impact Bonds are a relatively new financing structure in South Africa where socially motivated investors pay for social services upfront and are repaid by outcomes funders if pre-agreed outcomes targets are met.

Leading social investment manager urges social investors to not forget about the welfare sector

Sameera Munshi, client relationship manager at Tshikululu Social Investments, says that the welfare sector is facing an increasingly challenging time in terms of funding, which is unlikely to change in the current economic environment.

The importance of strengthening caregiver-child relationships in low-income households in South Africa

The first 1 000 days in a child’s life holds the key to unlocking his or her life-long potential. By the age of five, almost 90% of a child’s brain will be developed. These are the formative years, where factors such as adequate healthcare; good nutrition; quality childcare and nurturing determine a child’s future.

Misfire: Migration of Early Childhood Development not a silver bullet

During last week’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA), President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that Government would migrate the responsibility of early childhood development (ECD) centres from the Department of Social Development (DSD) to the Department of Basic Education (DBE).

Impact investing – a growing industry with significant opportunities

For green Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs), access to finance is one of the key constraints in scaling innovative business models. Investors – even those with the intention and mandate to support smaller deals – consider these early stage businesses to be risky.