Knowledge centre

    

The Knowledge Centre aims to be the one-stop-shop for learning more about Social Investment; both theoretically and in practice. The Centre is an outcome of the Alliance for Inclusive Investment in Social Care and Support (a4i) project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme. The a4i project aims to build up the capacity of social services, private investors and public authorities to collaborate and to use private investment for projects in the field of social care and support.

The Knowledge Centre

The SocialInvestment.EU Knowledge Centre is a one-stop-shop webpage for learning more about Social Investment; both theoretically and in practice. By Social Investment, we primarily mean different forms of private investment into the field of social care and support; and the social economy more broadly.

Private investment in social care and support remains still a widely ignored topic; yet can have a major impact over innovation and increased social impact in the next few years.
 

The Knowledge Centre aims to provide the basic information around private investment in social care and support; primarily targeting

The Knowledge Centre includes both a

a4i project

These outputs come from the a4i project, co-funded by Erasmus+ programme which seeked to build up the capacity of social services, private investors and public authorities to collaborate and to use private investment for projects in the field of social care and support.

It brought together representatives from

In a4i, Social Service Providers (SP), Private Investors (PI) and Higher Education Institutions (HEI) work together to create a new cross-sectoral teaching concept, based on integrated academic and adult training learning methods together with models and case examples of good practices. Therefore, thanks to this project, Social Services Providers and Private Investors can use common knowledge and tools to understand each other, communicate and collaborate more easily.

Online Training Course:

The a4i project has produced a thorough online training course (MOOC) open to the general public and accessible here (simple registration process needed):

The Training Course in English covers the following topics through 14 modules:

  1. Understanding Social Investment, an introduction
  2. Understanding the Investment Cycle
  3. Understanding Demand for Social Investment (social care and support sector)
  4. Understanding Supply of Social Investment (private investment sector)
  5. Conventional (what instruments for your investment needs)
  6. Unconventional Financing Models (what instruments for your investment needs)
  7. Partnership with Public Authorities
  8. Developing a Business Plan (conventional)
  9. Developing a Business Plan (unconventional)
  10. Partnership with Private Investors
  11. Social Impact Assessment
  12. Risk Assessment
  13. Monitoring the Implementation
  14. European Financial instruments

The Training Course also enables access to additional material focusing on the national specificities in Spain, Belgium and Czechia. The Training Course is also the result of a face-to-face and successful piloting of this material in the three countries involved.

Key Resources

The a4i project has also produced other key resources to create this online training course; including

 

Library

Human rights
United Nations: Business and Human Rights: A Progress Report

United Nations: About the Sustainable Development Goals

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons

Joint Declaration: Developing the Support Services of Tomorrow

Social care & Social investment

Federation of Social Employers: New report on the Social Services Workforce in Europe: Current State of Play and Challenges

Caritas: The future of the welfare state

How to Fund Quality Care and Support Services: 7 key elements - EASPD Conference Report 2019

BIS: Structural changes in banking after the crisis

Leverage for good: An introduction to the new frontiers of philanthropy and social investment

OECD: Social Impact Investment 2019: The Impact Imperative for Sustainable Development

EU financial instruments

EASPD: Investing in Social Care & Support - A European Imperative

European Commission: Boosting Investment in Social Infrastructure in Europe - Report of the High-Level Task Force on Investing in Social Infrastructure in Europe

European Investment Bank: EaSI Guarantee Instrument

European Committe of Regions: Factsheet: Financing a city’s or region’s long-term capital investment programme - EIB framework loans

Use cases on social investment

Social Investment & European Investment Fund: August 2020

News & Articles

Why engage private investment? October 2020

a4i Profesionnal Development Programme October 2020

Social infrastructure finance and institutional investors October 2020

Launch of the Czech Piloting November 2020

Private Investment, Human Rights & Social Care: Building a common European agenda November 2020

InvestEU 2021-2027 January 2021

Launch of the Spanish Piloting April 2021

What is InvestEU? April 2021

InvestEU Programme: Guidance on social sustainability proofing of investment and financing operations May 2021

 

 

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