3.4 GM 4: Investment and Finance

The courses are designed to acquaint students with an understanding of the idea of investing in social issues including the legal, cultural, social, political and economic background of such investments. This Module will focus on the relevant interdisciplinary and expert skills. In addi-tion, the class helps students in personal network building to NGOs. Site visits, guest speakers and the lecturer’s specific NGO network will complete the course.

3.4.1 Investment and Finance:

Objectives: Any investment presents certain challenges where risks and returns have to be measured, which means to be aware of potential sources of risk, such as financing (liquidity, credit, etc.), operations and the field of operation itself. Being able to analyze is fundamental to operate on any stage, especially in a non-profit. This class will provide a thorough understanding of finance, investment and creating value for business.

Content:

  • Definitions
  • Basics of Financial Mathematics

  • Capital Budgeting Techniques

  • Forms and Methods of Corporate Finance

  • Introduction to social investing, defining social investments and showing the importance of social investments

  • Fundamentals of social investments

  • Developing an Business Case for social investments

  • Determining the financial potential of an social investment project

  • Evaluation of investment choices and funding an social investment project

  • Monitoring the success of social investments"

3.4.2 Social Investment:  

Objectives: Social investment is about supporting and investing in projects and ventures in order to support ecological or social goals or resolving significant social problems of communities. It means the practice of aligning one's investment policies with social responsibility; also called ethical investing or socially responsible investing. Key policy areas include e.g. education, healthcare, climate protection, environmental issues, renewable energy programs or water management systems, social equality programs and trainings as well as rehabilitation  Many NGO- and NPO´s deal with the implementation of those social investments. This includes setting up feasible business plans, raising finances, recruiting the right people.
The students will get familiar with the topic of social Investment, learn about the importance of projects enhancing social and ecological development and resolving social and ecological problems in different cultural settings. They will assess current trends and activities in a national and international NGO context as well as within NGO organisations. Also, they will learn the fundamentals of business case creation.

Content:

  • Introduction to social investing, defining social investments and showing the importance of social investments

  • Fundamentals of social investments

  • Developing an Business Case for social investments

  • Determining the financial potential of an social investment project

  • Evaluation of investment choices and funding an social investment project

  • Monitoring the success of social investments

3.4.3 Business Simulation:

Objectives: Qualitative and quantified description of processes in order to analyze, plan, test and improve them. Assisted by Process Modelling Software tools, students will be able to make any kind of process in their field of activities transparent.

Content:

  • Modelling of NGO processes

  • Process measurement

  • Process Improvement

  • Process Simulation