Workshop "Unpacking the New Geography of Venture Philanthropy & Social Investment" - 13 June 2014


The OECD Development Centre and its Network of Foundations Working for Development (netFWD), the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development and the Science, Technology and Industry Directorate co-organised the workshop "Unpacking the New Geography of Venture Philanthropy & Social Investment" on 13 June 2013 in Paris, France.

The objective of this workshop was to give participants an overview of the work the OECD has been doing on the issues of venture philanthropy and social investment, and to discuss the latest trends in venture philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and social investment in OECD and non-OECD countries.


Download the Agenda of the Workshop


The day opened with remarks by Jean-Michel Severino, former Head of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), who is now leading an impact investment group dedicated to African SMEs, Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&E).

Session 1 was dedicated to the European launch of the netFWD study "Venture Philanthropy in Development - Dynamics, Challenges and Lessons in the Search for Greater Impact", which looks at the journey, enabling environment, incentives and drivers that led a number of philanthropic organisations to (re)define their operating model associated with the commonly used term of "venture philanthropy" - a practice based on the use of business principles and applied to philanthropy.

Session 2 presented and compared successful experiences of social entrepreneurs in the North and in the South, while Session 3 discussed and suggested ways for governments to set an environment conducive to social investment, as well as presented ongoing work the OECD is leading for the G8.
Visit the webpage of the LEED Programme (Local Economic and Employment Development) that organised Session 2.


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