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Innovative financing solutions for development


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Where are the social entrepreneurs to lead innovation? What new financing models should we be investigating? On 11 April 2012, the Alliance organised a seminar designed to bring together pioneers engaged in the most innovative financing solutions to social problems.

Co-hosted with Lord Michael Hastings, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship at KPMG, this invitation-only seminar brought together leaders: people engaged in the most innovative financing solutions to social issues and people attempting to address social issues – in the UK and abroad.

The context

At the Alliance we are looking ahead. We see a mass withdrawal of development aid from Middle Income Countries – many of which we work in. 28 countries in the last 11 years have graduated from Low Income to Middle or Upper Middle Income status.

This single World Bank indicator has huge influence on whether aid flows to that country or not. Get rich - or less poor - and aid stops. However, more middle income countries does not equate to fewer people living in poverty, nor human rights being upheld.

Domestically the situation is no better. In the UK the economic crisis has contributed to 10% shrinkage of the third sector in the last year.

Awo Ablo, Director of External Relations at the Alliance, and convener of the seminar, said: ‘Charities and NGOs operating in countries which will no longer get external donor funding have a problem ahead. We need to generate our own income. We need to move away from dependency. We need to learn to stand on our own two feet.’ 

Event briefing

At the seminar, participants were encouraged to review different models and open their eyes to the possibilities and challenges ahead.

You can download the event report which provides a summary of the presentations and the resulting discussion. It also sets out the key points and ideas that were raised in relation to taking the agenda forward.

    We need to learn to stand on our own two feet.