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Dec 2018

Funding Mechanisms 

Improving Water Access in Kenya

In recent years, prolonged periods of drought in Kenya’s drylands have brought to light the challenges that communities will face as climate volatility worsens. NGOs and donors as well as private sector players are exploring how they can help these vulnerable populations to better prepare and build resilience to these changing conditions. This research report by Social Finance and Oxfam is a concept-stage exploration of the different funding mechanisms, including DIBs and outcomes funds, that might accelerate and incentivize the adoption of an outcomes-focused approach to improving water access in these drylands. We explore the implications of adopting these funding mechanisms alongside accompanying management systems to ensure financial viability, inclusion and accountability. Read more here.
Towards an Outcome-based Approach to Cleaner Cooking
Concept Paper

Traditional stoves that burn solid fuels such as wood, charcoal and dung are used by up to 3 billion people worldwide.

The use of solid fuels in these simple stoves produces high levels of air pollutants, and has devastating effects on individual health and the local and global environment. We discuss the negative impacts and an approach to tackling this. Read more here.

Achieving the SDGs: An 'Energy Market Accelerator'
Think Piece
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require a mix of public and private actions. Harnessing the power of the private sector may be the best route to deliver sustainable social impact at scale in the energy sector. We have begun the conceptual design of a new mechanism to accelerate the energy market: a competitive auction of grants to enterprises.
Read more here.

Netherlands’s Impact Investment leaders launch Social Finance NL
Social Finance welcomes the Netherlands as the fifth member of its global network; meets in Delhi at the GSG conference to discuss global sustainable impact. Social Finance Netherlands launched in the Hague on 2 October. It will be led by Ruben Koekoek and Björn Vennema, and chaired by Prof dr Annemieke Roobeek.

Read the press release here.
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