Social impact bonds

In partnership with Dalberg Development Advisors we were the sole successful international applicants in 2013 for Duke MBA support through their CASEi3 program.

We posed the question ‘What’s real about social impact bonds (SIBs)?’ We wanted to separate hype from real potential, with the hypothesis that the value lies as much in the analysis underlying their pricing (who benefits from social outcomes and how can this value be quantified?) as in new flows of social innovation funds.

The Duke team conducted approximately 30 interviews with experts around the world to identify challenges, key success factors and lessons to be applied into finance innovation in safety and security.