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Getting from crisis to systems change: Advice for leaders in the time of COVID

July 8, 2020

The report recognises that we are in a crisis so deep that only far-reaching systems change can get us out of it and on a path towards a just, inclusive and sustainably prosperous world. It contains dozens of ideas across 14 key issues that are continually being fine-tuned. The report also mentions cross-cutting proposals for giving social entrepreneurs a seat at the table when world leaders meet to make decisions that will impact billions of people. This will help to break down silos impeding holistic approaches and to make it easier for social entrepreneurs to contact and collaborate with other key institutions in the ecosystem for delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals, from multilateral institutions and national governments to businesses and philanthropies. 

Enabling environment and civic space; Multi-stakeholder collaboration and SDGs

Embracing Complexity. Towards a Shared Understanding of Funding Systems Change

January 21, 2020

The is Embracing Complexity: Toward a Shared Understanding of Funding Systems Change, is the first-ever global effort to bring together the voices of those seeking to fund systems change with those who are delivering it on the ground.The report highlights five principles to allow donors to better support systems change:embrace a systems mindset,support evolving paths to systems change,work in true partnership with systems change leaders,prepare for long-term engagement,collaborate with other stakeholders.Importantly, this report does not offer mere hypotheses but instead highlights the best practices that are showing potential to deliver on the promise of systems change.

Multi-stakeholder collaboration and SDGs; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

Investing for Impact: How Social Entrepreneurship is Redefining the Meaning of Return

January 23, 2012

Today, more investors and entrepreneurs than ever are proactively investing their capital in solutions designed to generate a positive social or environmental impact, while also having the potential for some financial return. A standard impact investment structure today will invest in enterprises that provide self-sustaining solutions to social problems, such as access to clean water, improved healthcare, or the provision of clean energy. Investing in these organizations provides a direct and significant impact for those in poverty, and in many cases also offers a financial return. The potential of growing efforts to deliver entrepreneurial solutions to global problems is bigger than ever before - as are the opportunities to channel private capital toward social and environmental issues.

Impact investment, corporate, blended-finance

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