When Helping Orphans Hurts Families - Could Social Impact Bonds Turn the Tide?

Carolynn Duncan July 13, 2022

Governments around the world are grappling with the disintegration of the social structures that support children, and are ill-equipped to provide effectively for the nurturance and economic support that raising children requires. Given the complexities of funding, failures of institutionalization, and generation of new alternative care methods, in the transition to support vulnerable children – could social impact bonds be a powerful solution? Join us to share your experiences and hear from field partners working in East Africa to explore new models to support children and families, and bring donors, NGOs, governments, and investors to build the infrastructure to do so.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Reimagine Systems


Child Welfare, Deinstitutionalization, Social Impact Bonds

Purpose and Desired Outcome

Brainstorm new models that includes collaboration with government and NGOs. Discuss how to address the competing problems underlying the issue of institutionalizing children (poverty, lack of social structures, trauma to the family unit, abuse). Assess methods for piloting new models. How to tackle implementing / monitoring impact at scale - using the partnership/government/SIB approach. Discuss - why social impact bonds specifically?


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Government

  • Academia

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Asset Managers


  • NameCarolynn Duncan
  • TitleBoard Member
  • OrganizationBecause International
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameSusan Richards de Wit
  • TitleBoard Member
  • OrganizationLift the Children
  • StatusConfirmed
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