Tomorrow, the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), in partnership with Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA), is launching the AKFC Seminars on Innovative Financing for Development, explores strategies for financing international development in ways that complement traditional donor-based initiatives. This discussion comes at an important time in the Canadian international development community, given the recent decision to fold CIDA into DFAIT, and controversial decisions to fund corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects in the mining sector. Please join us in person in Ottawa or via the live webscast: register here.
We need to create affordable housing for individuals living with mental health issues, while also ensuring adequate income supports are available for this type of housing. Download our new report to see the role social finance can play for supportive housing.
Yesterday we published the first part of this post introducing the world of Islamic private equity. Today, Mujir and Shahzad explain the potential of this stream of finance for private equity and entrepreneurship in Canada.
Private equity has financed everything from maritime trade in ancient Italy to the digital revolution in Silicon Valley. Yet unknown to many today, Islam was there at the start of the private equity story.
Entrepreneurs the world over know how difficult it is to convince people of their potential and to get the support they need. But what if there was a computer-based questionnaire an entrepreneur could fill out in 45 minutes that assessed their potential to run a business? And what if credit-granting institutions took those results seriously enough to lend significant amounts to entrepreneurs based on the results?