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  • Change the message… Ben Hughes examines how we can cut through the froth of the party conferences by spelling out how CDFIs are making a difference, and their £1.125bn contribution to GDP.
  • The need for finance sector reform Jennifer Tankard, Director of Community Development Foundation, explains why the Community Investment Coalition is working together for fair and affordable financial services for all.
  • Hope and outrage Celia Richardson explains why the Social Economy Alliance is optimistic about all the main party manifestoes for 2015 carrying policies that will grow the social economy
  • The Church of England and the Credit Union movement Malcolm Brown – Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the Church of England, examines the church’s support for credit unions and views on the financial sector.
  • Investing in community finance would help church put Wonga out of business CDFIs have a business model that is specifically designed to deliver financial and social returns. They are well placed to offer the ‘win-win’ the Church is looking for in terms of financial returns with a clear conscience.
  • Money, mentoring and mission A fitness fanatic achieves his business dream thanks to a Start-Up Loan
  • Lending, lending, lending… It’s been a busy time for our business-focused CDFIs. They’ve been posting record lending figures, helping more small firms than ever.
  • Charities and social investment With the current focus on growing and diversifying the social investment market, particularly in London and the South East, we may risk overlooking the particular experience of charities in taking social investment. ‘Charities and Social Investment’ , a report commissioned by the Charity Commission for England and Wales from the Institute for Voluntary Action Research ...
  • At the vanguard of a new kind of economics Community Economics is a model that harnesses the skills, knowledge and capability present in all communities; it has the potential to bridge the gap between rich and poor that current, free market economics create, and that we know is failing an increasing percentage of the population denied access to the finance needed to create jobs, ...
  • Raising positive investment online Ethex is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to raise investment capital for businesses that deliver a positive benefit to society.