Fair by Design fund aims to reduce the U.K.’s “poverty premium”

More than 20% of the U.K.’s population lives at or below the poverty line. Low-income people often pay more for basic goods and services than wealthier households, because they rely on higher-cost pay-as-you-go utilities and financial products. The new Fair By Design Fund, backed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Big Society Capital, Nominet Trust, Ascension Ventures,

U.K. Life Chances Fund approves 10 pay-for-success projects

Minister Rob Wilson launching the Life Chances Fund | PC: Government Outcomes Lab The fund was launched in July to back small-ticket pay-for-success projects in which the public agencies supporting the programs might see only small savings (the U.S. has a similar fund). Ten contracts for a total of £54 million have been approved, each of them

Venture philanthropy solutions to Europe’s challenges

Europe is being tested by rising inequality, refugee integration, disappearing jobs and shrinking civic space. A new crop of social enterprises and social-purpose organizations are responding to the challenges. To create meaningful impact, these businesses need stable funding, capacity and partnerships. The European Venture Philanthropy Association, a collection of investors, grantmakers, banks and business schools, has

Which countries are ready for the next global shock?

Some poor countries are surprisingly resilient, and some rich countries may be vulnerable to sudden change. KPMG’s Change Readiness Index (CRI), seeks to measure how effectively governments, private and public enterprises and civil society are likely to respond to financial shocks, social instability, and natural disasters — and how well they can take advantage of opportunities that come

Big Society Capital backs UK housing innovation competition

U.K. National Housing Federation, a nonprofit that advocates for better neighborhood housing, is looking for new ideas for how low-cost public and private housing associations can better respond to community challenges. The competition is backed with £15 million ($20 million) from Big Society Capital. Other impact investors are supporting efforts to improve the U.K.’s low-income housing

Credit Suisse launches impact investing division

The Swiss bank, an early mover in supporting other impact investment firms, is opening its own impact investing division, called Impact Advisory and Finance. It will be headed by Marisa Drew, who has served as co-head of Europe, Middle East and Africa investment banking and capital markets for the bank. Leading the new division, Drew will report

Denmark launches fund to mobilize $5 billion for the Global Goals

The $1 billion SDG Investment Fund aims to attract $5 billion from private investors over the next four years to tackle the U.N.’s 2030 agenda in low- and middle-income countries. “I hope pension funds will join in, but we’re not there yet,” the Danish minister for Development Cooperation said in an interview (paywall). Still $5