Twitter Roundup: April 8 – Impact evaluation, savings groups, and an online idea marketplace
The California state legislature is currently reviewing a bill that would create a new corporate form called the Flexible Purpose Corporation. These corporations would be able to legally place social missions above profit, something which currently puts social ventures in jeopardy if their shareholders decide to sue. A similar law has been voted into place in Maryland, Vermont, and New Jersey with the creation of B Corporations.
Savings groups are supportive networks with a governing structure that allow individuals to put their savings into community needs. SavingsRevolution.org is a blog created by microfinance professionals who advocate for the importance of savings groups in low-income societies.
The NEA Foundation is offering $1,000 rewards to the top innovative ideas for using mobile phone technology to improve education. Submissions will be received until May 13.
The newbie on the crowdsourced funding scene is Simpl, a “matchmaking site” for ideas that need support. What’s unique about Simpl is that users can offer non-monetary resources to ideas they like, such as office space or networking.
Indicative of the recent emphasis on accountability within the development world, the World Bank’s newly-created blog on impact evaluations will cover a broad range of issues related to ongoing and planned project evaluations, methodological considerations of fieldwork, and more. The blog will be maintained by the Bank’s Development Research Group but will encourage reader participation and guest blogging.
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