Research Publications

A New Funding Mechanism: Social Impact Bonds and the Implications for the Public Sector

Natasha Ridge, Susan Kippels, Brian Jaewon Chung, Al Qasimi Foundation
March 18, 2018

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are often portrayed as providing both social benefits and financial returns. However, SIBs have yet to prove their ability to bring about effective, innovative, and long-lasting solutions for social change. This policy paper explains the growth and motivations behind various stakeholder involvement in SIBs and examines current SIB activities across sectors, particularly education. It concludes with policy recommendations for governments to be able to get the most from a SIB initiative.

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