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Social Investment in Germany: From Momentum To Implementation

April 1, 2016

The publication is part of a series entitled Social Impact Investment in Germany, which is based on the work of the National Advisory Board (NAB), a cross-sectoral panel of experts coordinated by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, whose purpose is strengthening the market for social impact investment (SII) in Germany. This report aims to fill the information gap of a lack of publicly accessible information about the German SII market, and to inform both German and international actors about the status quo of the German SII market.The report focuses on the development of the German SII market since 2012 and analyzes various policy options for the German government with regard to prompting its further development. In addition to a quantitative analysis of the market, the report includes a detailed overview of the qualitative developments in the supply of capital (investors), the intermediaries (channelling capital), demand (investees), and the market environment on the German SII market.

Scaling Social Impact in Europe

July 1, 2015

Social entrepreneurs -- a new form of entrepreneurship is paving the way. Entrepreneurs with a social mission are setting new priorities without discarding proven business principles. They rarely limit themselves to just one region, but want to make a difference for as many people as possible. And not only in their own country. After all, many social challenges can only be solved if good ideas and effective approaches are applied across borders.This is the first European study to examine both national and transnational scaling strategies and their success factors. A total of 358 social enterprises in six European countries were surveyed for this quantitative study, which provides a basis for further knowledge acquisition and serves as a decisionmaking tool that can help social enterprises choose the scaling strategy that is right for them.

Wikungsorientiertes Investieren: Neue Finanzierungsquellen Zur Lösung Gesellschaftlicher Herausforderungen

November 1, 2014

The final report of the National Advisory Board (NAB) to Social Impact Investment entitled "Results-based Investing: New sources of financing for social challenges" examines the demand and supply of impact-oriented investments (WI) in Germany and contains recommendations for further market development.A bibliography is included.

Language, Identity, Politics - the Myth of Two Ukraines

April 1, 2014

A study carried out on behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung by the Warsaw-based Institute of Public Affairs dispels the myth of a country made up of opposing Ukrainian- and Russian-speaking regions.

Auswirkungen der Einwanderung auf Arbeitsmarkt und Sozialstaat: Neue Erkenntnisse und Schlussfolge-rungen für die Einwanderungspolitik

January 1, 2013

Due to migrants generally being highly qualified, immigration has had either a neutral or positive impact on the labour market in Germany -- but some problem with integration in the workplace (language skills). Migration also helps the welfare state system as migrants are net contributors as a whole (net contribution is estimated at €2000/year/person, which is expected to rise according to migrants being highly qualified). Migration also helps to 'top-up' the labour pool. Reforms are needed to properly realise these potential gains though -- migration is not continuous, but tends to be driven by outside political events. This also applies to migrants from outside of the EU. Legal barriers should be diminished and migrants should be actively recruited.

Social Cohesion Radar: Measuring Common Ground - An International Comparison of International Cohesion

January 1, 2013

Social cohesion has been described as "a sense of community", and "how people live and work together". It's generally recognized that strong social cohesion makes for a more successful society and that individuals living in a socially cohesive society benefit from the advantages conferred by such a society. The Social Cohesion Radar looks at trends over the past quarter of a century in social cohesion in 34 different countries. With the help of this ambitious tool, we can see which societies have been able to bring people together even during hard times, and in which societies cohesion has declined.This study measures cohesion and we offer a transparent summary of our findings. There are many different ways of achieving cohesion and that every country has its strengths and weaknesses. A comparison of countries at different points in time tells us about the factors that affect cohesion, either negatively or positively. The researchers have completed an international comparison of the factors affecting social cohesion and studied the effects on society of a high level of social cohesion.

Creating Second Career Labour Markets: Towards more Employment Opportunities for Older Workers

January 1, 2012

Building upon the most recent research findings and the expertise of a task force of renowned experts from academia, social partners, private sector and administration on the obstacles to pervasive labour market integration of older workers, EPC and Bertelsmann Stiftung have compiled a set of policy recommendations to work towards more employment opportunities for older workers.

Sharing Global Governance: The Role of Civil Society Organizations

January 1, 2011

This report explores the multiple roles and potential of CSOs in international policymaking and examines the strengths and weaknesses of CSOs and state-based organizations in global governance. It looks particularly closely at the resources, access, skills and experience that each group of actors brings to the table. It concludes that the infrastructure used to incorporate CSOs into the United Nations and other multilaterals must be strengthened and expanded if more integrated and effective forms of collaboration are to be developed and outlines policy recommendations how this goal can be accomplished.

A Revolution in Disguise: The European Citizens' Initiative

August 1, 2010

The European Citizens' Initiative is a feature of the Treaty of Lisbon that many people have as yet to discover. However, even though it has often been criticized as being a kind of bogus participation that is no more than a placebo, it may well change the European Union, for it contains the seeds of a European public sphere and European parties. In this respect the initiative has already been a success.

Europäische Bürgerinitiative – Neuerung mit Sprengkraft

August 1, 2010

Die Europäische Bürgerinitiative ist ein von vielen bisher kaum bemerktes Element des Vertrags von Lissabon. Doch diese vielfach als Placebo kritisierte Form der Scheinmitwirkung könnte die Europäische Union rasch verändern. In ihr liegt der Keim für eine europäische Öffentlichkeit und europäische Parteien. Schon allein das ist ein Erfolg der Initiative.The European Citizens' Initiative is a feature of the Treaty of Lisbon that many people have as yet to discover. However, even though it has often been criticized as being a kind of bogus participation that is no more than a placebo, it may well change the European Union, for it contains the seeds of a European public sphere and European parties. In this respect the initiative has already been a success.

Case Study Fundació Tot Raval: Engagement by the Citizens for the Citizens

January 1, 2008

This pamphlet, following on the heels of the initial pamphlet containing information about the community foundation concept, contains a practical example of this type of entity. Shannon St. John performed an in-depth study of Fundacio Tot Raval in 2007. The results of this study are set forth in this publication, confirming Fundacion Tot Raval as the first CF identified in Spain that satisfies all the international criteria for CFs.

The Future of Community Foundations. A Transatlantic Perspective

June 1, 2007

The TCFN Academy is a virtual think tank focusing on strategic issues that are relevant to the international community foundation movement. It provides a venue for studying important community foundation issues in a transnational, cross-cultural perspective. The report is a result of the TCFN Academy 2006, held in collaboration with the Stanford Graduate School of Business in Palo Alto, CA. It outlines the dominant themes of the Academy's discussions and includes short analyses of the specific situations in ten countries on both sides of the Atlantic. Key findings will be of interest to a wide audience of practitioners and funders of community-based philanthropy. The report can be downloaded at no cost from the Network's website. The Academy saw the report as a way to begin a broader inquiry. Aside from those described in the U.S., what other major trends or concepts should community foundations outside of the U.S. be anticipating and exploring? Howshould we be planning today to ensure our work is successful in the world we will inherit over the next generation?