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7 February 2020
Bite-sized news or long, leisurely read?

If you feel overwhelmed at times by all the things you could/should be reading, you might enjoy our Short 'n' Sweet column. Published most Thursdays, it shares snippets of impact economy news that we've picked up from around the world. This week, we've got bite-sized updates on uptake of social entrepreneurship policies around Europe, news of Omidyar's latest education spinout, the latest research on Match Trading, plus some notable appointments.

Subscribers can dig deeper with our Impact Finance Bulletin – also out this week – rounding up some of the top impact investing stories of the month.

Prefer to get your teeth into a longer read? May we recommend today's feature from Brazil, where designers in one of the country's largest favelas are celebrating diversity, upcycling used fabrics and drawing inspiration from local history. If you're at all interested in the future of fashion, creative enterprise or youth employment, this one's for you.

Enjoy the (long or short) read,

Anna Pattion

Managing editor, Pioneers Post

Good Finance is looking for user feedback on its Outcomes Matrix – a tool for measuring social impact – which will be updated later this year. Have your say on what matters.

Conscious catwalks: Brazilian fashion label harnesses the creative energy of the favelas

Designers in one of Brazil’s largest favelas are celebrating diversity, upcycling used fabrics and drawing inspiration from local history – and their creative influence has even spread across the Atlantic.


Is impact investing becoming too fashionable for its own good?

Those pushing impact investing need to address three key questions if it is to fulfil its potential. In the first of a three-part series, Gorgi Krlev asks: is the current swell of mainstream interest in impact investing helpful or harmful?

Short n Sweet: 10 places social enterprise is 'losing momentum'

Bite-sized stories this week from the impact economy around the world: ups and downs in Europe's social enterprise movement, Omidyar's latest spinout, Malaysian businesses get new accrediation, new appointments and a sad departure.


NCVO report: The Road Ahead

In case you missed it, the UK's NCVO has published its annual analysis of the changing operating environment for the voluntary sector. It identifies and explains forces and trends that are shaping the sector – and that are likely to affect organisations in the future. Catch up here.

Last chance to invest

Secret Projects has provided 500 women in India with the skills create their own creative businesses. It's running a community share offer until end of February to raise investment to be able to scale in India, the UK, Europe and the USA. For more information or to invest email

Global Steering Group poaches UK's impact investing boss Prior as new CEO

The CEO of Big Society Capital, Cliff Prior, is to move on from the UK’s impact investment giant after four years at the helm. Prior will be taking up an international remit to lead the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment.


Impact Finance Bulletin: Save the Children Australia looks to new horizons with impact investment fund

FOR OUR SUBSCRIBERS: Our monthly roundup – with news of the sustainability ratings provider that's secured €200m investment, a new fund for SMEs addressing malnutrition in Africa, the new European Social Catalyst Fund, the Brexit donor who's set up a £100m foundation, and more.

'You have got to be brave – as long as you can qualify that risk': award-winning FRC Group boss

FRC Group has won a string of awards recently, but success hasn't always come easy. CEO Shaun Doran tells us what it takes to lead a social business through ups and downs – and why its strategy includes helping other entrepreneurs too.


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