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Constança Nunes and António Miguel from the MAZE team on the day of the launch of Agenda para o Impacto 2030.

How Portugal developed social innovation and plans to remain the European leading example


The Agenda for impact 2030 is a national strategy that sets 5 measurable objectives and 14 recommendations to grow the Portuguese social innovation1 and impact investment2 ecosystem. These recommendations have the potential to mobilize €500M to the ecosystem by 2030, tripling the current market size. By promoting innovative solutions to social challenges, Agenda for impact […]

A Social Impact Bond fully achieves its outcomes: is that success?


This is not a story about how success means different things to different people. It is a story of how a project that fully delivered its intended social outcomes might be at risk of not meeting the most important one. Projeto Família® is implemented by MDV (Movimento Defesa da Vida), a Portuguese non-profit organisation. Their […]

MAZE and Social Impact Bonds: a 7-year journey


For an introduction to the concepts described in this article, please see this post by Afonso. In January of 2015, MAZE helped structure and launch the first Social Impact Bond (SIB) in Portugal. This SIB used the investment capital provided by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to finance five semesters of computer programming classes, in three […]

What is outcomes-based commissioning?


Outcomes and contracting: an introduction At MAZE, we have been working for the past eight years with a range of partners to foster the adoption of outcome-based contracts in social services. Amongst these, we have been partnering closely with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation as well as the Portuguese Government. In 2014-15, we helped the creation […]

O Aproxima é um programa que pretende apoiar municípios no desenho de respostas para a população idosa, nomeadamente no combate à solidão e na promoção de um envelhecimento digno.

MAZE has partnered with Área Metropolitana do Porto to promote dignifying ageing in the northern region of Portugal


Partnering with Área Metropolitana do Porto (AMP), we created a programme to support AMP’s municipalities focused on designing answers that fight solitude and promote a healthy ageing process. The programme groups projects in fields as at-home support, digital literacy, data collection and management and companionship to the elder. The percentage of residents in Portugal aged […]

Payments for Ecosystem Services explained: financing the planet’s regeneration


More than half of the world’s total GDP is dependent on Nature [1]. There is an intrinsic and commonly recognizable value to the natural world, that is reflected, economically, in the concept of ecosystem services. So, how do these services work?

Coronavirus and the opportunity for the digital transformation of social services

Coronavirus and the opportunity for the digital transformation of social services


The digital transformation that social enterprises go through in the next months will pay double in the future. It will make them more resilient and fitter for adaptation in future crises. More importantly, it will allow them to streamline processes and save energy, empathy, and time for the human interactions that are worth fighting for.

Junior Code Academy SIB Learnings and Outcomes

Junior Code Academy SIB Learnings and Outcomes


The main goal of this pilot project was to learn about the best way and the major benefits of teaching computer programming to young students.


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