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PORTFOLIO OF PUBLISHED ARTICLES

The following is a collection of my latest and most meaningful writing projects that have been published. Each piece is unique in style and content and represents a distinct moment in my career. I hope you enjoy my work and I invite you to contact me with any questions.

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Scrapping free travel for under 18s: “an attack on our children”

23/07/2020

Olivia Opara reports on government plans to compel students to help bail out London transport

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Huge rise in London youth voter registration

16/12/2020

Olivia Opara reports on the rising power of young people’s political voices during the pandemic

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The rise of youth activism

20/04/2021

Olivia Opara considers why more young people are taking action to make their world a better place

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Black History Month: exceptional figures to celebrate

19/08/2021`

Olivia Opara explores the lives and achievements of six people who have made outstanding contributions to Black British History

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John Lewis and Hubbub team up on £1m circular economy fund

23/11/2021

UK’s largest employee-owned business announces new fund with environmental charity Hubbub to back “trailblazing innovations” – with grants open to social enterprises, charities and academic bodies.

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Scotland’s Locavore wins Social Enterprise of the Year at SEUK awards 2021

09/12/2021

The winners of the UK Social Enterprise awards have been announced – and two new categories in this year's event recognise teamwork during the pandemic, and diversity and inclusion.

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Greenwashing: detrimental to sustainability

06/01/2022

Olivia Opara reports on the damaging effects of greenwashing and highlights warning signs to watch out for

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CDC Group invests £2.2bn in Africa in 2020 and 2021

28/01/2022

The UK’s development finance institution announces that investments over the past two years beat its initial pledge to invest £2bn

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Female founders in Scotland secure social investment from the Catalyst Fund

11/02/2022

Two social entrepreneurs outline their plans for growth, after receiving a share of £135,000 this month from the £15m Catalyst Fund.

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Trailblazing fashion social entrepreneurs see their names in lights during New York Fashion Week

17/02/2022

A billboard campaign during New York Fashion Week celebrates ten women social entrepreneurs who aim to transform the fashion industry to become more equitable, inclusive and regenerative.

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My Media: Adam Swersky of Social Finance

24/03/2022

One of the pioneers of social impact bonds, Social Finance's new CEO Adam Swersky loves podcasts – and has a great book recommendation for team leaders.

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SIS Ventures fund secures £1m from tech

22/04/2022

Social Investment Scotland subsidiary secures £1m for its Impact First fund from Chroma Ventures, a Scotland-based investment arm of video game developer, 4J Studios.

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Libya: A Modern-Day Slave Trade

21/07/2020

Slavery Isn’t Over. Read That Again.

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Young Nigerians unite to end police brutality

29/10/2020

Olivia Opara reports on gruesome malpractice in Nigeria’s government and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad

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London Pride falling on 9/11 shouldn't be an issue

01/03/2021

Seeing people slam Pride in London has been quite disheartening

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Metro Opinion

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Who do WHO think they are, controlling women’s drinking?

05/08/2021

Olivia Opara challenges new alcohol action plan that reduces women to little more than reproduction vessels

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Three ways to buy social this Christmas – and 10 gifts we love

03/12/2021

Want to support a social business this year, while also cutting down on waste or helping to green the planet? Here are three ways to start, plus 10 gift ideas from around the world. 

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Start looking at your supply chains: Why social enterprises must incorporate climate justice into their missions

16/12/2021

Social enterprises are giving their all to tackle the climate crisis through their environmental missions. But they should take it one step further by incorporating climate justice, according to UK MP David Lammy.

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Five tips to help impact organisations become more inclusive

07/01/2022

Social enterprises need to go beyond their comfort zone and actively involve grassroots groups in their work. Bayile Adeoti and Bayo Adelaja share tips on how to get started in our latest WISE Ways to Lead webinar.

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My Media: Isabelle Parasram of Social Value UK

02/02/2022

"Like the protagonist in this film, my parents experienced poverty, rejection and what felt like insurmountable obstacles when they came to the UK" – Social Value UK boss Isabelle Parasram OBE reveals the films, books and more that inspire her.

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Social Business Profile: Elvis & Kresse 

15/02/2022

Social enterprise Elvis & Kresse has broken down barriers and changed perceptions within the field of fashion. We speak to co-founder Kresse Wesling about the business’s journey from an idea formed in landfill sites to today's success.

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Big Society Capital appoints Robin Hindle Fisher as new chair 

15/03/2022

Robin Hindle Fisher, who brings long experience in investment management and the charity sector, will take over from Sir Harvey McGrath after eight years in the role.

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Skoll Foundation announces winners of the 2022 Skoll Award for Social Innovation

04/04/2022

Six leaders and organisations have been named winners of the 2022 Skoll Award for Social Innovation, each receiving $1.5m in unrestricted funding and an additional $750,000. 

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Yemen: world’s greatest humanitarian crisis?

02/07/2020

Olivia Opara raises awareness through the perspective of young people with families from a country devastated by war

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Extinction Rebellion: vital new emergency service

24/09/2020

Olivia Opara reports on the demands and activities of movement dedicated to saving the planet

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Africa and its queer history: I am not less African

25/02/2021

Olivia Opara examines African LGBTQ+ practices in the past and in the here and now 

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How to make it happen in journalism

02/07/2021

Olivia Opara shares her multiple resources, making it easy peasy to turn your dreams into reality

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Youth voice at Haringey climate justice rally

08/11/2021

Olivia Opara delivers powerful speech before local politicians

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From autism awareness to autism acceptance: Auticon and its global impact

22/12/2021

Employing IT consultants solely from the autistic community is a winning formula for global tech social enterprise Auticon. We talk to 2021’s Social Enterprise UK International Impact award winner about its unique approach to workplace equality.

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Schwab Foundation announces its 2022 Social Innovators of the Year

18/01/2022

Fifteen social innovators join Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship’s community of 400-plus entrepreneurs across the globe.

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Expert Impact launches 'world’s first' social enterprise speakers agency

07/02/2022

UK-based Expert Impact complements its social enterprise mentoring service with a new venture. 

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Trailblazing fashion social entrepreneurs see their names in lights during New York Fashion Week

17/02/2022

A billboard campaign during New York Fashion Week celebrates ten women social entrepreneurs who aim to transform the fashion industry to become more equitable, inclusive and regenerative.

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Laudes Foundation’s Leslie Johnston named chair of EVPA 

22/03/2022

Leslie Johnston, previously the first executive director of the C&A Foundation, will replace Steven Serneels at the helm of the European network of investors for impact.

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‘It's collaborative, not competitive’: Working together could be the key to social enterprise success

06/04/2022

Social enterprise support organisations need to look past their competitiveness and collaborate to help emerging social enterprises more effectively, Social Procurement Festival attendees hear.

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