Social investment in Northern Ireland’s environmental NGO sector

This paper summarises our research exploring the potential for social investment—the use of repayable finance to achieve a social as well as a financial return—to finance the activity of the environmental NGO (eNGO) sector in Northern Ireland (NI).

Here we present our findings and make recommendations for what can be done to enable and develop social investment in this sector.

The work was commissioned by Building Change Trust (BCT) and Northern Ireland Environment Link (NIEL), and gathers views from the eNGO sector in NI, UK social investors, representatives from Northern Ireland Executive departments, and third sector infrastructure organisations.