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Reports and publications

Working paper
Timely and reliable payments for urban water services are essential to overcoming financial constraints preventing the sustainable provision of water services in sub-Saharan Africa. This report looks at the data collected in 2011 from over 500,000 customers in Tanzania to determine the socioeconomic behaviours in water utility payments.

Social innovation: what it is, why it matters and how it can be accelerated

Geoff Mulgan with Simon Tucker, Rushanara Ali & Ben Sanders
Working paper
This report is about how we can improve societies’ capacities to solve their problems. It is about old and new methods for mobilising the ubiquitous intelligence that exists within any society.
Report
This report investigates the effects that inadequate sanitary care provisions have on girls’ educational achievements in the developing world. The study was conducted over a five month period in a large secondary school and two primary schools, all in a mountainous rural area in Uganda. Full reports and cheat sheet available to download.
Working paper
In this paper, drawing on our 30 years of practice with communities, we attempt to bridge the divide between social justice and social entrepreneurship by putting forward a more inclusive definition of social entrepreneurship that focuses less on individuals and more on their social mission.
Working paper
This report provides a holistic account of the state of play in the emerging field of social investment, defined as the flow of resources – either market or non-market generated – that fulfils the funding needs of organisations that primarily create social or environmental value.
Journal article
Across the world, a new landscape of social investment has been developing rapidly over the last 10-15 years, yet there has not been an academic study of the phenomenon to date. This paper aims to address this important gap in social entrepreneurship research with new empirical and theoretical work.
Working paper
This working paper is the first in a series which explores the expansion of high engagement philanthropy in Europe.
Working paper
This paper reviews existing work on social capital markets, develops an overview of current innovations, and offers and agenda for research and development.
Working paper
An ethical exchange could be as supportive of an enterprise's profitability as it is of its social value.

Blended value investing: innovations in real estate

Joshua Spitzer, Jed Emerson & Jacob Harold
Financial returns & social value
Between financial investments and philanthropy lie opportunities that create both financial returns and environmental and social value.
Working paper
This paper offers an overview of how environmental factors might be integrated into companies’ financial valuation. More speculatively, it suggests ways in which a blended value investor could potentially attain equal or better financial returns than traditional investors agnostic to the environmental implications of their investments.
Working paper
This working paper examines the ‘value add’ of venture philanthropy – the advisory services provided to social purpose organisations together with financial support.
Journal article
This article conceptualizes social entrepreneurship as a field of action in a pre-paradigmatic state that currently lacks an established epistemology.
Journal article
This paper presents an exploratory analysis of the emergent reporting practices used by social entrepreneurs in terms of their institutional settings and strategic objectives.
Report
This report seeks to break down some of the barriers to collaboration between companies and social enterprises by providing a framework for the different kinds of partnerships that are most common. Examples from across the spectrum of models, and lessons that can be extracted and applied to strengthen existing partnerships and launch new ones.
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