European Social Fund

Advances with European Social Fund financial instruments

Three new fi-compass publications covering European Social Fund (ESF) topics are now available in our website’s library. These cover useful information and advice about: the implications of State aid rules for ESF financial instruments; a pioneering Social Impact Bonds Programme and Social Innovation Initiative in Portugal; and guidance for ESF managing authorities that are interested in setting up a microcredit financial instrument.

Factsheet (fi-compass study on the Social Impacts Bond programme under Portugal’s Social Innovation Initiative)

This fi-compass publication explains pioneering European Social Fund (ESF) financing instruments in Portugal that are being implemented during the 2014-2020 programming period through a Social Innovation Initiative with the special focus on the Social Impact Bonds Programme. The study had two main objectives: