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Three ways frontline charities in the UK are coping with coronavirus

We know from news that the Covid-19 crisis is putting particular strain on small businesses and charities – 48% of charities, reported by Civil Society, expect income to fall by about a third because of the coronavirus. Therefore, last Tuesday we organised a call with our charity clients in the…

TSIC in time of Coronavirus – we are here to help!

Just like for a lot of people, for us the past weeks have been full of uncertainty. We found ourselves anxiously checking the news for the last government update and learning about the rules of social distancing and proper hand washing. It is a stressful and exhausting time for all…

Six pitfalls for funders in impact measurement

A study from 2013 cited that 88% of funders think that impact measurement makes charities more effective – and 89% of them think it makes funders more effective too. While the figure is a bit dated, with the growth of results-based financing, it is fair to expect that there is…

TSIC Impact Report 2019

As advocates for impact measurement, we believe strongly in the value of evidence and learning. So, we need to do this for ourselves too, and be transparent about our impact as an organisation. We are excited to reveal our Impact Report 2019 – click here to learn about our work…

Leveraging Faith-based Investing for the greater good

As TSIC expands its work in the field of Impact Investing, we have been exploring how faith-based investing / finance can play a catalytic role in providing much needed initial capital, to de-risk investment opportunities and crowd-in other investors. It was instructive that there were side-events on faith-based finance at…

Launching TSIC Ghana

In July 2019, The Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC) gained a new addition to the team: Sarah-Jane Danchie. Sarah-Jane is the Associate Director for our work in Africa, and she is working hard to establish the new TSIC Ghana operation. We asked her a few questions about her background and her…

The largely untapped entrepreneurial potential of refugees

“Design Thinking with Refugees, project with SOWERS Exchange, Royal Bank of Canada and Christian Action Refugees” by cesarharada.com is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 By Bonnie Chiu, Aureliane Froehlich and Gordon Tsui In Europe, refugees tend to be described in two antagonistic ways: either they are a burden on the…

Needs and challenges of tech-driven impact businesses in emerging markets

The perennial question in entrepreneurship seems to be one of scale. The African leapfrog in technology holds promises for scaling companies with products and services that improve millions of people’s lives. China Impact Ventures focus on energy innovations, and their portfolio has got interest from international impact investors because there…

USERS – TSIC’s new methodology for Inclusive Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Introducing USERS – our methodology for Inclusive Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning At TSIC, we believe that including user voices in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) through co-production is key to gaining a solid and nuanced understanding of impact. But we also know how difficult it is to put co-production into…

Why? Exploring the raison d’être of Impact Investing

By Charles Selestine, Qatar Director  It was the only time I heard a panellist swear at an event. I took it as a mark of his passion combined with frustration, and in part, it led me to order a hard copy of his book, even as it was freely available…

What I realised about gender equality

By Benedetto Ruggeri, Managing Partner, TSIC Italy The financial world thrives early in the morning – at 8 am everybody has been active for quite some time when our team arrived in the beautiful building of Borsa Italiana (the Italian Stock Exchange).  It’s the 8th of March, the “International Women…

New Report on Diversity in the Social Investment Sector

The Diversity Forum is proud to launch the report “Inclusive Impact: a Comprehensive Review of Diversity in the Social Investment Sector.”  The report was written by recruitment agency Inclusive Boards and commissioned by the Diversity Forum. To help actors in the sector act on the report’s findings, Diversity Forum is also publishing…

New TSIC Franchise opens in Qatar

Last year, Charles Selestine launched the TSIC franchise in Qatar, through YAZ Consultancy, a Doha based firm. Originally from Malaysia, Charles will bring TSIC’s expertise to the country, and help the social sector develop and become more effective at delivering social impact. What led you to the social impact sector? Even though…

Big Society Capital’s Women Housing Fund

Big Society Capital will develop a Women Housing Fund to invest in properties which can be leased to support providers. At the Social Investment Consultancy, we are very excited to be a co-development partner and we are looking forward to working with other partners, including Women’s Aid, Homeless Link, Women’s…

Bottom-Up Evaluation and Data Ethics

At the occasion of a discussion on data ethics and bottom-up approaches at Opportunity Collaboration, Bonnie Chiu explored with participants the challenges in producing bottom-up evaluations, and some of the potential solutions. If you are interested in inclusive approaches in impact assessment, have a look at our new report Inclusion of…
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