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Unleash the creative potential of Social Impact Bonds

Monday April 24 2017

In a previous blog based on my latest advisory trip to Japan, I noted that Japan is currently ‘translating’ the SIB model in order for it to be implemented in a way that is appropriate to its specific social, economic, political and cultural context. I have encouraged Japanese colleagues not to simply think that SIBs… Read More

Japan’s first steps in developing Social Impact Bonds

Thursday April 20 2017

Dr Chih Hoong Sin is in Tokyo for a third year running, this time to find out about the experiences of the Yokohama City Social Impact Bond (SIB) pilot. It has been a real privilege working with a diverse group of stakeholders from the outset as they initially learned about the UK experience in implementing SIBs,… Read More

Working together for a stronger society – Our response to the Lords Select Committee of Charities Report

Thursday April 6 2017

Charities play a vital role in the ongoing social and economic success of the UK. At the same time, funding for charities has changed significantly. Funding received as grants has decreased over time, while contract funding has been increasing dramatically. Our response to the Charities Report shows that charities need better support to build their… Read More


‘No decision about me without me’: Does the Health and Social Care Bill pass muster?

Wednesday February 9 2011

Putting patient voice at the heart of the NHS is a guiding principle of the Coalition’s health reforms. But eight high profile health charities have said that they do not feel that the current Bill before Parliament achieves this. They are worried that the proposed local HeathWatch bodies will have insufficient powers and resources to… Read More

Making English teaching more available

Tuesday February 8 2011

David Cameron’s speech at the Munich Security Conference has caused quite a reaction. And rightly so: it was the first major speech addressing the issue of multi-culturalism, extremism and integration since the Coalition Government was established. Many of the issues raised in his speech are covered in our recent paper, Resilience and integration: a way… Read More

A new approach to preventing violent extremism

Thursday January 27 2011

The government is reviewing the Prevent strategy, the policy framework that aims to prevent people from becoming or supporting terrorists. It has clearly signalled that the new approach will be radically repositioned in light of the widespread criticisms of the original strategy. Although we are not yet clear on how the strategy will be delivered… Read More