For me, social finance means investment capital for a worthy cause- that will improve the lives of those who need help, and ultimately benefit the communities these folks live in. Unlike private capital, social finance is not an end in and of itself but a means to achieving a social goal.
Social finance is a concept that gets little attention from policy-makers in Canada and this has, in my opinion, stunted its growth and potential. More on this below. So what are the current and most common practices?