While impact investing is becoming an increasingly popular topic of conversation with mainstream investors as we approach 2015, there is a lack of information and resources to allow these enthusiastic investors to engage meaningfully in impact investing.
The understanding and practice of impact investing are improving rapidly. Keeping a finger on the pulse of this ever-evolving sector is something that Aunnie Patton – Social Finance Fellow at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business – does exceptionally well through her blog APSocialFinance.com.
We asked our staff what inspired them most this year. We interviewed three members of our staff that formed part of Citadel’s Due Diligence team. They were able to mention so many memorable moments but in the end their hearts were stolen by 83 acres of land, ink cartridges and a very cute penguin…..
The recent stats on youth unemployment in South Africa, 36.1% (an increase of 4% between 2008 and 2014), suggest a daunting reality – our born-frees face a bleak future. Fetola’s Abram Molelemane writes about the ticking time-bomb of youth unemployment and how to address it.
At the end of August, the Myggsa.co.za website will be changing. It will still connect givers and causes with everything they need to know about the non profit and social enterprise world, but will no longer have an online donation facility. Myggsa Causes must register with our partners GivenGain.com to continue to receive online donations.
Social enterprises are getting increasing attention in South Africa – government has recognized their value and is developing policies to support them and various universities have developed social enterprise programmes. The star of social enterprises is clearly on the rise. In an accessible and jargon-free e-book, Marcus Coetzee gives his top 10 ways to think like a successful social enterprise.
Risk management is well understood in business, with established standards and tools for identifying and assessing risks. But for development organisations and social investors it is often overlooked. For 10 years, GreaterGood SA and GreaterCapital have been looking at risk in social development interventions and have developed tools to identify and assess risks, as well as quantify the related returns.