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Doug Miller Doug Miller

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The biggest mistake we could make is being too narrow-minded. How do we measure success and add value to members by ensuring more capital is directed towards impact?

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Chris Oestereich Chris Oestereich

4 min read

Plastic waste is a monumental challenge. I’m obsessed with the stuff, or rather, with helping humanity get it under control. Its many forms have brought great benefits to us for many years. But we haven’t figured out how to keep it from causing problems when we’re done using it. Recently, some have said that by mid-century there might even be more plastic than fish in the sea.

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AVPN Marketing Team AVPN Marketing Team

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Funders and resource providers are often working in silos and unable to find a strong pipeline of investment-ready opportunities. At the same time, social enterprises are seeking help but are unsure about how and where to find support. FInd out how we can bridge these gaps.

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Ken Ito Ken Ito

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Social investment refers to the various ways of structuring capital for both financial performance and social value creation, ranging from impact-only approaches, such as traditional philanthropy to venture philanthropy, impact investment and socially responsible investing through environmental, social and governance (ESG) screens and integration.

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Vijaya Balaji Vijaya Balaji

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In the last few years, the attention that organization strengthening, capacity building, or organization development has been gathering, has increased many folds. The surge in the interest has been due to the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening the institutional capacity of Not for Profit Organizations (NPOs).

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Jared King Jared King

5 min read

I remember the day we decided to start Good Financial, our social purpose organisation (SPO). It was a beautiful day in Hong Kong. The sun was shining, the streets were buzzing, and as I walked excitedly down the street I knew we were onto something special. I also knew we would have significant capital requirements.

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Hong Lin Hong Lin

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We have witnessed the development of over 200 social entrepreneurs in the past decade, most of whom were born after 1985 and grew up literally “on the Internet”. They seem to have an instinct capability to integrate various resources and respond to social challenges more directly. However, due to limited life experience in a rather fixed social structure, they also face a number of challenges in identifying the needs of different social groups.

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Deepali Khanna Deepali Khanna

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Philanthropy in China has grown exponentially, with charitable giving growing 20% year-on-year, compared to GDP growth of between 6% and 7% annually. Despite being a new joiner to global philanthropy (interest in charitable giving surged in 2008 following the Sichuan earthquake and has been growing ever since), Chinese philanthropy is evolving from reactive or cause-driven giving to designing interventions for long-term, transformative change.

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Sangeetha Yogendran Sangeetha Yogendran

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The base of the pyramid (BoP) comprises 4 billion people living on less than USD 6 to USD 8 per day. Half of them live in Asia. They often lack income opportunities and access to basic goods and services, like water, food, healthcare or electricity.

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Roshini Prakash Roshini Prakash

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Structuring capital for both financial performance and social value creation is critical for Asia to maintain its growth momentum as well as achieve its goals for sustainable development. Singapore can lead the way for social investment in Asia.

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Xuan Xia Xuan Xia

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China Charity Fair, a non-profit organization established in 2012 under the guidance of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, has been certifying social enterprises (SEs) since 2015. Over the past 4 years, a total of 234 SEs have been certified out of 1,351 applicants, showing a strong year to year growth: 7 SEs certified out of 67 applicants in 2015, 16 certified out of 154 applicants in 2016, 106 certified out of 510 applicants in 2017, and 109 certified out of 620 applicants in 2018.

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AVPN Marketing Team AVPN Marketing Team

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The 10-year period between 2007 and 2017 saw Myanmar secure the second highest number of impact investment deals in Southeast Asia. Interestingly enough, the country also had the lowest impact investment capital in the region. This suggests that, despite limited capital, there remains a growing interest in social investment within the country.

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