CFG Finance Focus: David Hunter examines value of Social Impact Bonds

David Hunter, Consultant in our Charity & Social Enterprise team, has written an article. for the latest issue of CFG Finance Focus which examines the role of Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) and how “with a greater focus on meaningful impact rather than results, they could have an important role to play in tackling disadvantage”.

In his piece entitled “Social Impact Bonds: why they don’t work and why we still need them”, David acknowledges that SIBs in “isolation won’t address serious underlying issues which require multiple commissioners, [but] attempts at a more systemic solution could be funded from the centre”. He also proposes the creation of a Social Outcomes Fund aimed at exploring “disruptive social innovations” that could be “explored collaboratively by commissioners and providers”.

In summary David argues that “SIBs will never be the panacea and they’re unlikely to live up to the hype from some quarters. But they should not be dismissed outright. Whether they’re refined versions of current models, or next-generation variants, in the absence of meaningful engagement with the systemic challenge of poverty they have an important role, even if it’s a transitional one.”

If you’d like to take a look at the rest of David’s arguments, you can read the rest of his CFG piece here.

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