It also aims to improve the ability for foundations to examine investment opportunities and better coordinate efforts with the U. Department of Education around the i3 Fund. While the Registry i3 will enable applicants to register their proposal just once to reach a broad set of foundations for potential support, each foundation will maintain its own decision-making authority to determine which programs fit within their investment strategies.
Funds will be used for research and evaluation of the effectiveness of the innovations and for growing the public support and capacity necessary for a more robust innovation sector. Funds in this category will also be used to develop platforms to share information across jurisdictions to continuously improve the field.
In addition to funding programs and strategies aligned with the i3 Fund, many foundations are also trying to help eligible organizations, schools and schools districts apply to the i3 Fund. Recognizing the challenges many face in applying for funding, private foundations have worked together to develop tools that will help facilitate outreach and technical assistance, as well as to help applicants meet the private match requirement.
For example, the Rural School and Community Trust, with a grant from the Kellogg Foundation, is providing technical assistance to rural communities to help them apply for i3 funding. Donate Now. Creating Brighter Futures. Investing in Educators. Celebrating, rewarding, and investing in teachers across the district. Clay Teachers Lead.
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Grants are more traditional and can potentially support a wider cost base, as they can be open-ended. However, this can result in a trade-off with accountability, which has been an area of concern for several years now. Repayable finance, another category of social finance is a kind of private investing focused on both social and economic returns.
Further, it allows social organizations to access the business toolkit, which improves capital utilization. Within repayable finance, impact investing has emerged as a growing class of social financing see Figure 3. There are a number of reasons for the steady rise in investments. First, impact investing increases efficiencies and brings about more accountability to the capital deployed. Second, it offers a sustainable approach, linking social and financial returns while reducing pressure on governments.
And last, it allows for the expansion of the accessible capital pool by attracting traditional investors. Impact investing in education finds its place in both developed and developing markets. From a sectoral perspective, investments in education have focused on both the school-going age group K and young adults tertiary education. In developed markets such as the U. In higher education and technical and vocational education and training TVET , the focus in developed countries is on improving access, reducing dropout rates and boosting employability for students from low-income families.
In emerging economies, investments have aimed at bridging the access gap that is due to insufficient government spending. Lastly, EdTech is an emerging area globally and has seen significant investments. There are various innovative models emerging in impact investing. One such model is development impact bonds, which is a three-way partnership between a payee, an investor and a service provider in order to achieve a defined outcome.
Instead of directly remunerating a service provider, the payee brings in a financial intermediary to make the upfront investment. The investor gets paid the base investment as well as a fixed return if the provider achieves the stated outcome. The system helps the payee decrease upfront risk while helping build projects that make quality education more accessible. The goal was to improve female participation and learning outcomes in schools in Rajasthan and India. Other models are also being explored in the social financing space, with several models increasingly finding applications in the education sector.
Among them is a mix of equity and debt financing tools used to provide capital against measurable outcomes as well as other models such as income share agreements, peer-to-peer lending, education bonds and debt swaps see Figure 5. Regardless of the model used and despite being a nascent sector, impact investing has delivered desirable returns. Realizing the fundamental value of an impact and social investment, as well as the commercial potential, a number of private-equity PE houses have set up specialized impact investment arms.
Besides the traditional metrics that investors consider before making for-profit investments, impact investments in education require additional due diligence. First, the nature and scale of the challenge have to be assessed. Investors should look to invest in organizations focused on wider challenges — as opposed to those focused on niche problems — to expand the opportunity set and improve returns.
Second, high-quality assets will need to be identified. The focus should be on identifying organizations that have a clear path to achieving their social objectives, high scalability and replicability, and low reliance on external factors. Moreover, most social enterprises are innovative, raising difficulties in identifying the solutions that will work or the benchmarks they can be measured against. Plus, solutions in education are context-driven and there are few hard, measurable targets.
Third, there are multiple impact drivers. Learning outcomes are governed by the quality of content and availability of teachers and infrastructure, among other things. Investors should focus on solutions, where the impact of external variables are assessed appropriately and can be controlled.
However, this does not mean operators that work on the entire education value chain should be favored, since they may face additional challenges in delivering outcomes. Cisco Refresh offers competitive pricing for Cisco certified-remanufactured equipment. This program can enable new service capabilities, while making the most out of a limited and often uncertain budget. E-rate funding continues to be the foundation for helping schools and libraries make the transformation to digital.
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