What is Juggad?

Definition: Born out of resource limitations in Asia, Jugaad is the gutsy art of improvising an ingenious solution.


Towards a Future-Ready Workplace

Jugaad is a 4-month, social innovation and leadership initiative for employee talent. The Jugaad model facilitates workplace inclusivity, and encourages innovation around the corporates’ social impact priorities.

What could Jugaad Look Like

Objectives and Key Outcomes

This will be a platform for:

Corporate Senior Leaders

  • Promote diversity and inclusion
  • Attract and retain talent
  • Gain ideas for programme and process improvement

Corporate Employees

  • Cultivate leadership and skills
  • Apply and scale innovation
  • Gain mentorship opportunities

NGO Partner

  • Understand corporate pain points
  • Share on-the-ground insights
  • Gain recommendations and ideas from corporates

Taking the lessons learnt from our pilot run, this year’s Jugaad initiative will:

The Jugaad Journey

What we achieved in our Pilot Run

Reflecting on the Milestones of Our Progress


Problem Statement

Outcomes Achieved


Problem Statement

Outcomes Achieved

Key Programme Elements

Capacity Building

(3 weeks)

Young Impact Leaders will be equipped with skills and frameworks to lead discussions, ideate, create active participation


(3 weeks, 1 hr per week)

Apply skills learnt to analyse the problem and define innovation perimeters


(3 weeks, 1 hr per week)

Build on feedback provided to develop a tangible prototype


(2 hr)

Receive management and expert feedback, with an opportunity to iterate on prototype


(2 hr)

Prepare for showcase, and present prototype at the AVPN Global Conference

The Founding Consortium

Young impact leaders will be supported by leading organisations in this space of societal progress. They will bring their methodologies, networks and expertise to maximise the positive impact the programme has on corporations and youths.

Frequently Asked Questions

Outside-in corporate innovation is not new, but inviting Young Impact Leaders to provide this service would require a mindset shift and capacity building to equip the youths. Jugaad took inspiration from Project Melo, in which corporates in Hong Kong have been able to successfully incorporate youth voices into their corporate decsison-making process. The designer behind Project Melo, Social Ventures Hong Kong, is one of our founding partners of the Jugaad coalition, alongside social impact ecosystem partners, BRIDGE Institute and Social Enterprise Academy.

During the discovery phase, our ecosystem partners will brainstorm possible problem statements with the Corporate Innovator, based on its impact goals and challenges. After the Corporate Innovator confirms the problem statement, Jugaad will invite young imapact leaders and corporate innovators to a design-thinking workshop to further flesh out the problem statement.

Jugaad engages with corporates who reflect the following personas:

  1. A regional or global purpose-led corporate;
  2. Nimble, locally-based SMEs

There will be three tiers of engagements by the corporate innovator:

  1. The corporate liaison point with Jugaad organisers – they will provide key input on programme development.
  2. Corporate Innovators – Up to five employee volunteers will need to be involved. They will not only craft and own the problem statement, but will also have the highest engagement with the young impact leaders by contributing insights and context.
  3. Leaders – C-suite or senior management may be engaged to offer big-picture insights and considerations at relevant junctures.

Young Impact Leaders must commit to:

  • Up to three days a week consultancy using design thinking methodology (taught by ecosystem partners)
  • 2.5 hours a week to ‘Explore my Leadership’
  • 2.5 hours to reflectively engage in ‘Action Learning Sets’


There will also be joint activities with the corporate volunteers. These will include:

  • One day joint problem statement workshop
  • Two integenerational activities (to build understanding)
  • One reflection and presentation workshop
  • AVPN Conference session between 20 – 22 June 2023 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Based in Malaysia or Singapore.
  • Aged between 18-30.
  • Possess the spirit of jugaadness, such as the willingness to challenge the status quo, experiment and innovate, and an openness to feedback, new relationships, and new experiences.
  • Proficient in English language.
  • Passionate about building a better, fairer and more sustainable world.
  • Ideally experienced in being in a social impact organisation or social enterprise; actively participated or participating in social impact work through volunteerism or otherwise.

Committed to:

  • Attending the group virtual learning sessions (estimated to be one hour per week).
  • Attending the team meeting once a week (estimated to be two hours per week, some virtual, some in person).
  • Delivering and progressing the consulting work of the team in between team meetings (estimated to be two hours per week, though this may vary week-by-week).
  • Attending the AVPN Global Conference in Kuala Lumpur, 20th – 22nd June 2023.

There will be a selection process to shortlist Young Impact Leaders, starting with a call for applications, eligibility check (please review the eligibility), and shortlist interview, before the final selection.

The AVPN Global Conference is the largest social investing convening in Asia that gathers funders and resource providers from across the world to share knowledge, build strategic partnerships, and address socio-economic challenges at scale. The annual flagship event breaks down silos to bridge the worlds of philanthropy and impact investing with private equity and institutional investing.

Corporate volunteers and Young Impact Leaders will have the opportunity to participate in a Conference session, where they can share their experience particiipating in Jugaad. Agenda will be finalised soon.

Jugaad will offer Corporate Innovators and Young Impact Leaders complimentary tickets (subject to confirmation) to the AVPN Global Conference. A standard ticket for Conference participants is USD 1,970.

However, Jugaad will not be covering accommodation and travel expenses. Some travel allowance might be provided (to be confirmed).

To many businesses, youths are often not seen as partners in impact creation, and are not cultivated for nor exposed to decision-making, even if it affects their world. Today’s highly complex and turbulent environment, however, demands a new approach to innovation and growth

Forward-looking businesses are empowering and harnessing the power of the next generation of young Asians to build a world where no one gets left behind.

Jugaad is a pioneering initiative under the Asian Youth for Impact (ayPact) that enables purpose-led corporations to partner young impact leaders to co-create innovations that can leapfrog social and environmental solutions. At the same time, Jugaad is an opportunity for young impact leaders to acquire sense of agency, and step into roles as responsible global citizens.