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In June 2013, the UK government presided over the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, prior to which the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, hosted the G8 Social Impact Investment Forum on June 6, 2013 in London.

The Social Impact Investment Forum highlighted a shared ambition to move the social impact investment market towards maturity and global scale and included 150 high-level government officials, philanthropists, business and finance executives, social entrepreneurs, and academics who have been leaders in the field. The aim of the event was to build a platform to catalyze the global market for social impact investment – a key component of which was an initiative introduced that day, the Global Learning Exchange (GLE).

The GLE was proposed in response to the need for an inclusive platform for cross-sector collaboration to further the networks and knowledge base on impact investing.

The UK Cabinet Office has invited the World Economic Forum together with the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative (IIPC), to curate and convene a GLE that is truly global in reach – extending from the G8 to the G20, and beyond – inclusive in its approach, and focused on sharing best practices.

The GLE is created as a complement to existing market knowledge and infrastructure, elevating and amplifying the expertise of leading practitioners and networks. The GLE will provide a resource for global peer-to-peer learning on social impact investment among public officials, investors, philanthropic and civil society organizations, international financial institutions, and business leaders with a nexus to policy.

The GLE will organize regular virtual meetings for public engagement, and will maintain a knowledge-sharing space through this website. Further, the GLE will also convene in-person meetings to expand cross-sector debate on issues of public leadership and the impact investing market.

The open learning and partnership approach of the GLE was applauded by UK Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP, at its announcement at the G8 Social Impact Investment Forum in June.

The GLE is currently supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the UK Cabinet Office.

For Leaders
Provides opportunities to advance policy and business strategy priorities, including at GLE summits alongside World Economic Forum regional meetings.

For Practitioners
Provides a platform for identifying and sharing what works across sectors, and assistance navigating global approaches and connecting with people, information, and models.

For New Players
Provides an open tool for navigating the rapidly growing knowledge base to know who to contact, where to look for information, and what to do to progress social impact investment.

Cabinet Office
The Cabinet Office supports the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, and is also the corporate headquarters for government, in partnership with HM Treasury, takes the lead in certain critical policy areas.

Impact Investing Policy Collaborative
The Impact Investing Policy Collaborative (IIPC) strives to grow impact investing markets by building a global network for policy research and innovation.

World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum is an international institution committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation.

Minister Nick Hurd MP Announces the Global Learning Exchange

Nick Hurd MP, Minister of Civil Society, Government of the UK announced the formation of the Global Learning Exchange at the G8 Social Impact Investment Forum held in London on June 6, 2013.

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