Social impact bonds: Rethinking finance for social outcomes

Published: 10 August 2009

Social Finance has developed a new contracting and financing mechanism: the social impact bond. 

Social impact bonds seek to drive significant non-government investment into addressing the causes of deep-rooted social problems, with returns generated from a proportion of the related reduction in spending on acute services. The ambition is to create positive government spending cycles that enable significant taxpayer savings through improved social outcomes.

We believe that social impact bonds have the potential to transform the way that a wide range of social outcomes are achieved. We have been working with a number of government departments to develop a pilot 

This report explains how social impact bonds work.

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