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Background issues to addressing disadvantage in social investment /

by Corcoran, Janette | Centre for Social Impact | Charlton, Kylie.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Centre for Social Impact 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2009 Bibliography : p. 26Summary: The aim of this paper is to consider the role of social investment in addressing social disadvantage. In view of the state of play in Australia regarding appreciation of its 'third sector' and so social investment, it is suggested that a concise yet broad-brush approach to this topic be undertaken with the expectation that ensuing conversations will expand upon specific areas of interest.Availability: (1)

Building the bridge : a practical plan for a low-cost, low-emissions energy future /

by Wood, Tony | Grattan Institute.

Publisher: Carlton, Vic. Grattan Institute 2012Description: PDF.Other title: Grattan Institute report ; no. 2012-6.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2012 Bibliography : p. 59-62Summary: The carbon price is a vital step in creating a low-emissions future for Australia, but it needs further support. Investors are still struggling to overcome the risks surrounding low-emissions technologies and to get projects running at large scale and low cost. Grattan's report seeks to enable them to cross the bridge to commercial viability. It proposes that government enter into long-term contracts with project developers to provide electricity at a price that makes the most efficient technologies viable. Government awards the contracts through a series of six-monthly auctions, held over 10 years. Developers bid to provide low-emissions electricity and the lowest bids succeed. The goal is to get projects started at the lowest possible price. Once projects are running, the experience developers gain will enable them to produce electricity at low-cost and support can be withdrawn. It is a practical solution to an extremely difficult problem.Availability: (1)

Clean energy, investments, jobs and U.S economic well-being : a third response to Heritage Foundation critics /

by Pollin, Robert | Heintz, James | Garrett-Peltier, Heidi.

Publisher: Amherst, Mass. Political Economy Research Institute 2009; & Department of Economics 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Effective real tax rates on some Australian investments. /

by Freebairn, John.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian Government Publishing Service 1990Description: 43 p. Includes bibliographical references.Notes: Paper prepared for EPAC October 1990Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Enabling investments in energy efficiency : a study of energy efficiency programs that reduce first-cost barriers in the residential sector /

by Fuller, Merrian | University of California. California Institute for Energy nd Environment.

Publisher: Berkeley, CA University of California. California Institute for Energy and Environment 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 21, 2009 This work was jointly funded by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE), and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC).Summary: Energy efficiency has a vital role to play in addressing our daily resource needs and creating a vibrant future for our society. This paper focuses on the first-cost barriers to increased energy efficiency in residential homes. Loans and other financing options will be important to enable the efficiency improvements to meet many of the goals of the California Public Utilities Commission?s Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. This study reviews existing, terminated, and proposed financing programs and reveals several limitations of these programs including: limited applicability of the programs to households most in need, low participation rates, difficulty assuring that savings will exceed payments, limited support for comprehensive energy retrofits, the inability of many programs to cover their costs, and issues particular to on-bill financing (OBF) programs. The author concludes with recommendations for improving the impact of financing programs in California.Availability: (1)

Ethical business : a framework for social responsibility. /

by Lillywhite, Serena.

Publisher: Fitzroy, vic Brotherhood of St Laurence 2002Description: 16 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2002Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Ethical investment. /

by Knowles, Ross (ed.).

Edition: 2nd ed.Publisher: Marrickville, N.S.W. Choice Books 2000Description: xii, 209 p.Notes: First published in 1997 Includes bibliographical referencesAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Financial Services and Credit Reform : Improving, Simplifying and Standardising Financial Services and Credit Regulation : Green paper /

by Australia. The Treasury.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Commonwealth of Australia 2008Description: PDF.Other title: Treasury's National Credit Reform Green Paper.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2008Summary: The purpose of this Green Paper is to consult stakeholders about the following range of financial services and credit reform initiatives: the development of a comprehensive approach to the regulation of mortgages and mortgage broking advice; the regulation of margin lending; the creation of a national market for trustee corporations through the implementation of Commonwealth legislation; reforms to improve the existing regulation of debentures; the investigation of issues relating to property investment advice, including property spruikers; and the consideration of the most appropriate regulation of a range of remaining credit products, such as credit cards, personal loans and micro-lending. The Green Paper sets out key issues for consideration and in some cases high level alternatives are put forward as options for addressing the issues. These issues form key initiatives included on the Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) reform agenda. Comments received in response to this paper will assist in informing COAG and its decision making about the regulation of these key financial services.Availability: (1)

Financing green growth in a resource-constrained world : partnerships for triggering private finance at scale /

by World Economic Forum.

Publisher: Cologny/Geneva, Switzerland World Economic Forum 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: To address worsening environment and resource challenges like climate change or water security, such green investment must happen quickly. However, given the scale of the finance required, combined with tightening fiscal constraints in industrialized countries, overseas aid cannot fully fund this transition. The ability to leverage significant private investment into these new national plans will therefore be crucial. Currently, significant private investment is not being attracted into these plans due to a range of perceived risks and the newness of the market. What public-private partnerships can support developing countries to create large-scale, investment-grade blueprints for their green growth strategies? What new financing mechanisms can use targeted public funds to address key risks and leverage a step change in private capital flow into green infrastructure projects?Availability: (1)

Financing the green deal : carrots, sticks and the green investment bank /

by Holmes, Ingrid | Third Generation Environmentalism Ltd (E3G).

Publisher: London, U.K. Third Generation Environmentalism Ltd (E3G) May 2011Description: 31 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2011Summary: The Green Deal energy efficiency policy is a flagship programme for the UK coalition Government. It aims to create a framework to enable households and smaller business to make energy efficiency investments with no upfront cost. Critically it attaches loans to the property not the individual; and so enables loans to be transferred to the new occupier in the event a property is vacated before the loan is fully repaid. Successful roll out of this programme is critical to delivering the UK's ambitious carbon targets. However, there is significant doubt over whether it will deliver an ambitious retrofit programme as the policy stands.Availability: (1)

Investing for the good of society : why and how wealthy individuals respond /

by Elliott, Antony | National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts NESTA).

Publisher: London, U.K. NESTA 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: April 2011 Bibliography : p. 60Summary: This report presents compelling evidence which shows that wealthy individuals can be motivated to try social investments. A combination of research approaches reaches the conclusion that the primary motivator for this group is 'social/ethical values'. They are motivated by a desire for wealth to achieve a social good as well as have the potential to produce a return. The potential for a lower return or for the need for social enterprises to work with government are not a barrier to involvement. The overwhelming motivation for becoming a social investor is that, as with other parts of their lives, their wealth should have a positive impact on society.Availability: (1)

Investing in civil society : a framework for a bespoke regulatory regime /

by Fletcher, Luke | Bates, Wells and Braithwaite London.

Publisher: London, U.K. NESTA 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2011Summary: To date, there has been no attempt on the part of government to create a tailor-made regime for community and social finance activity. This position paper sets out how a proportionate social finance legal and regulatory regime could be established, to enable the Government to achieve its policy objectives of growing the social investment market and making the Big Society Bank a success.Availability: (1)

Investing in regions : making a difference /

by Daley, John | Grattan Institute | Lancy, Annette.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Grattan Institute 2011Description: PDF.Other title: Grattan Institute report ; no. 2011-4.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2011 Bibliography : p. 54-58Summary: In this report the authors focus on the economic development of regions, as it is the underlying health of a regions economic base that sustains jobs and other activity into the future. Generally they measure regional economic growth through growth in population, employment and average incomes.Availability: (1)

Investing in transport : east west link needs assessment /

by Eddington, Rod | Victoria. Department of Infrastructure.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Victoria. Department of Infrastructure 2008Description: HTML.Other title: Investing in transport report.Notes: March 2008 Summary, Main report, Supporting technical documents. Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: From March 2007, Sir Rod Eddington, an Australian engineer and businessman and a leading international transport expert, conducted an independent study into improving east-west transport connections across Melbourne. With at least 4.5 million people expected to call Melbourne home by 2031, there will be more cars making trips on the roads, more people using public transport, more commuters needing to get to work each morning, and more and more goods moving through the city. For Melbourne to remain an attractive, liveable and successful city, it needs a transport system that can keep up with this growth.Availability: No items available

National financial literacy strategy /

by Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Publisher: Brisbane, Qld. Australian Securities and Investments Commission 2011Description: PDF.Other title: Australian Securities and Investments Commission report ; no..Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2011 Bibliography : p. 60-62Summary: This report sets out a strategy for the development and delivery of initiatives to improve the financial literacy of all Australians and enhance their financial wellbeing. It is a framework for many agencies and organisations working in partnership.Availability: (1)

OECD Watch submission to the OECD Investment Committee : effective application of the OECD Guidelines to the Financial Sector. /

by Lillywhite, Serena | Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development | Oldenziel, Joris.

Publisher: Amsterdam, The Netherlands OECD Watch 2009Description: PDF.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Place-based impact investment in Australia : building blocks for action /

by Burkett, Ingrid.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 2012Description: PDF.Other title: Place based impact investment in Australia.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: "April 2012"--Cover verso. This is a companion document to "Place-based Impact Investment in Australia - a Literature Review" Includes bibliographical references. Includes appendicesSummary: "This document outlines the building blocks for Place-based Impact Investment in Australia, including possibilities for some early funds. The intent is both to illustrate the potential and also to serve as a call to action to explore and develop the opportunities for this type of approach to produce genuine financial, economic and social outcomes. The approach deliberately provides both a financial perspective and the conditions for successfully achieving impact in communities."Availability: (1)

Poverty, investment and social security in rich egalitarian welfare states /

by Cantillon, Bea | International Social Security Association.

Publisher: Geneva, Switzerland International Social Security Association 2010Description: PDF.Other title: International Policy and Research Conference on Social.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 14-15 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: The fight against social exclusion is high on the political agenda both at the European level, as well as in many nations both inside and outside the European Union. Yet, as we will show below, a survey of the available empirical evidence indicates that at least since the 90's most rich European welfare states didn't succeed in making any further progress in the fight against (relative) income poverty, particularly within the population at working age. This standstill is disquieting because social, economic and demographic circumstances were in fact favourable for a successful drive to reduce the proportion of persons suffering from income poverty. Countries experienced at least moderate economic growth and in many countries the employment rate has risen since the mid-80s. If the policy makers aimed at getting people out of poverty by moving them into work, the expanding labour markets of the previous two decades seemed to provide ample opportunity to achieve such a goal. Moreover, there was no welfare state retrenchment; on the contrary social expenditures remained at historically very high levels. So why were poverty rates in most countries not falling, but stable, or even indicating an upward trend?Availability: (1)

Renewables 2011 : Global Status Report /

by Sawin, Janet L | REN21 : Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century | Barnes, Douglas | Martinot, Eric.

Publisher: Paris, France REN21 2011Description: PDF.Other title: REN21 Global Status Report ; 2011.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p.. 95-114Summary: Changes in renewable energy markets, investments, industries, and policies have been so rapid in recent years that perceptions of the status of renewable energy can lag years behind the reality. This report captures that reality and provides a unique overview of renewable energy worldwide as of early 2011. The report covers both current status and key trends; by design, it does not provide analysis or forecast the future.Availability: (1)

Securing an enabling environment and removing impediments. /

by Lillywhite, Serena.

Publisher: 2003Description: 9 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1).

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