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February 2013

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Key articles from around the web in February

What will the Social Value Act mean for social enterprise?

Expert advice from the Guardian’s live debate on how social enterprises can make use of the act

Third sector leaders must find a unified voice

Third Sector Research Centre says leadership in the third sector needs to play greater role in projecting the voice of voluntary organisations.

Bridging the gap: £6bn finance chasm for those outside mainstream finance

Unmet demand for finance amongst individuals and organisations in the UK that do not qualify for traditional bank funding has reached more than £6bn, according to new research published today by the Community Development Finance Association (CDFA).

How social entrepreneurs are inspiring change across Africa

Leadership programmes are facilitating social enterprise projects that could be a viable alternative to aid

One simple answer to create real social value

The Social Value Act is a commendable achievement. But if the government is really serious about creating a public service market that delivers genuine value for the public, far more needs to be done.

Can French social enterprise succeed globally?

Can lessons from the French social enterprise movement be rolled out around the world, succeeding where Napoleon failed?

Four Scottish communities purchase their neighbourhoods

Helped by grant money, three community groups have succeeded in purchasing their land collectively

One in four don’t think NHS will exist in 20 years

One in four Brits think the NHS will be defunct within the next two decades, according to new research.

How local authority bureaucracy and late payment caused problems for my social enterprise

Our latest secret social entrepreneur blog is a tale of delays, incompetence - and missed lunches

Fraud cases prompt new advice from Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has called on charity trustees to minimise the risk of fundraising fraud after four separate instances this month where charity fraudsters were convicted.

Charity leadership ‘lags as much as a decade behind the private sector’

Geraldine Kilbride of the London Business School tells a Resource Alliance event that charity leaders need to think about their roles and be more inspirational

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