Home > United Nations Online Network in Public Administration and Finance (UNPAN)
1. Global
Global
2. Africa
Africa
3. Arab States
Arab States
4. Asia & Pacific
Asia & Pacific
5. Europe
Europe
6. Latin America & Caribbean
Latin America & Caribbean
7. North America
North America
UNPAN Africa
Public Administration News  
Share
South Africa: Social Investment Bonds for South Africa - Report
Source: Google Alert
Source Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Apr 30, 2014

"They bring rigour, innovation and flexibility to social programmes by focusing on agreed outcomes, testing new innovations and building responsive programmes that are managed to deliver the best results."
Following a grant by the Flanders International Cooperation Agency (FICA) and the South African National Treasury in September 2013, the research group explored the applicability of SIBs as a financing instrument in South Africa.
In particular, the scoping study sought to assess issues relating to the design of, and gauge the interest of key stakeholders in, a SIB providing business development services (BDS) to SMEs so as to stimulate economic development and job creation.
In South Africa, a study conducted in 2010 by Abor and Quartey estimated that 91 per cent of formal business entities in the country are SMEs and that these enterprises account for approximately 55 per cent of GDP and 61 per cent of employment.
Yet, the 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report estimates that only 2 per cent of South Africans own businesses that have been established for over three and a half years, indicating a high failure rate among SA start-ups.
One aim of Business Development Services is to address the obstacles faced by businesses so as to decrease the chances of business failure. As such, the facilitation of BDS focused specifically on catalysing economic and employment growth is a high priority area, the report said.
Ryan Short, a partner at Genesis Analytics, said: "Although there is no shortage of BDS providers in South Africa, there is limited evidence on what interventions are effective. SIBs could play a significant role in addressing this limited understanding of what works and what doesn't, driving future funding to the most effective players."
A SIB focuses on specific, pre-agreed, social outcome(s) and clear metrics for measuring success. Investors provide the upfront funding of a program, which is designed to achieve the target outcomes. An outcomes funder - usually government - repays investors if (and only if) independently verified evidence shows that the program has been successful.
"We believe SIBs are an exciting opportunity to shape private and public capital in South Africa," Aunnie Patton, who leads the Innovative Financing Initiative at the Bertha Centre, said.
"Throughout the research, stakeholders were engaged and enthusiastic about potential of SIBs in South Africa. As the global and local momentum has grown substantially, we believe the timing is ripe for South Africa to lead the African continent in designing, commissioning and implementing SIBs."
The report recommended that the interested outcome funders (including the National Treasury, corporations and foundations) consider creating an Innovation Fund that would commission simplified, tariff based Social Impact Bonds for business development services.
It also recommended that Outcomes Funders explore SIBs in other social areas such as early childhood development, education and health.
In order to catalyse the impact and scope of these products, the report encourages the National Treasury to release directives acknowledging that SIBs could be a funding mechanism for national, provincial and local governments to explore more effective, partnership-based approaches to the delivery of social services.
Additionally to signal that Enterprise Development spend could also be channelled through a SIB, allowing for immediate benefits for impact investors willing to back innovation at the base of the pyramid.
"Finally, we ask that National Treasury explore tax relief for social investors interested in putting capital into social investment vehicles such as SIBs. In the 2014 UK budget, a 30 per cent tax relief for social investment was announced. This tax relief is expected to generate £480 million in social investment over the next five years. Similar legislation could be catalytic in its effect around social investment in South Africa," Patton said.
News Home

 Tag This
 Tell A Friend
del.icio.us digg this Slashdot
Rate:
0 ratings
Views: 35

Comments: 0 Bookmarked: 0 Tagged: 0



0 Comments | Login to add comment

Site map | FAQs | Terms and Privacy | Contact Us
Copyright 2008-2010 by UNPAN - United Nations Public Administration Network