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Social investment

Glossary item: Social investment - Definition

Social investment as any type of investment that combines social and financial returns. This encompasses a wide range of activities across the financing spectrum, from lending to charities to investing equity in social businesses to socially responsible investment (SRI).  There is overlap with the capacity-building approach that provides grants and management support to charities and social enterprises (but where the investor does not receive a financial return).


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