Around the world, many civil society organisations face a constant battle to survive as competition for funding becomes ever more intense.  We all have a critical role to play if we are to meet the ambitious targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Social investment can play a role in opening up opportunities for social organisations working internationally.

The Development Fund provides social investment for international projects as long as the social organisation is based in the UK. Since 2002 we have made 90 social investments to support international development.

Our recent research, with the London School of Economics and Political Science, focuses on the role of social investment for small and medium international development organisations using case studies from the organisations focusing on education in Sub-Saharan Africa.



Access to quality secondary education

  • Promoting Equality in African Schools
  • £240,000 part loan/part standby facility

Social investment to enable PEAS to expand its schools netwrok in Sub-Saharan Africa to cater for 25,000 children by 2019.

Read the story of PEAS

Ubuntu Pathways

International Development

  • Ubuntu Pathways
  • £400,000 unsecured loans

Building a new primary school and a brighter future for children living in townships in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Read their story

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