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Ruel Maranan Ruel Maranan

The Philippines has achieved highest gender parity in Southeast. Yet, gender lens investing has received a lot less attention. By working with philanthropy networks, investors can engage with programmes that support and foster long-term relationships within communities

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Prachi Seth Prachi Seth

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Over 8 billion kilograms of plastic enter the world’s oceans every year. Marine plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental concerns facing the world today. Asia, in particular, has been detrimental to the oceans, with 5 countries – China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam – generating ~60% of this marine plastic waste leakage.

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Naina Subberwal Batra Naina Subberwal Batra

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We are drowning in plastics. Unless we change our behavior, there will be more plastic by weight than fish in the ocean by 2050. Solving this crisis requires us to do more than just banning plastic straws. We need a paradigm shift. We must adopt deep structural changes to our plastic production and consumption patterns in order to move away from the extractive linear model of ‘take, make, use and dispose’ towards a ‘closed-loop’ circular economy – an economy that is intentionally restorative.

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Kristin Siegel Kristin Siegel

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Impact investors are fueling solutions to the systemic challenges framed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — and they include Asian investments that catalyze solutions to social and environmental problems, finds a new report from Toniic, the global action community for deeper impact investing.

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Sangeetha Watson Sangeetha Watson

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Inclusive Business (IB) is a novel concept in Asia, but highly relevant. Aiming to catalyse social impact in a financially viable way, it provides opportunities for private and public sector players to work alongside communities at the bottom of the pyramid (BoP) to enable sustainable livelihoods for all.

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Sangeetha Watson Sangeetha Watson

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Impact investing is growing in Asia, but identifying investable opportunities that align with your mission as an investor can be trying. The Inclusive Business (IB) sector presents a unique opportunity to address this challenge.

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November 14, 2019

Meet Jeannie Javelosa!

Faye Goh Faye Goh

4 min read

She empowers small indigenous women makers by giving them opportunities to oversee weaving co-ops, become role models for other women in their communities and inspire their next generation.

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Rachel Chan Rachel Chan

5 min read

Policies encouraging the growth of Inclusive Business (IB) models need to complement the state of maturity, readiness and willingness of the larger ecosystem to capitalise on opportunities. In the Philippines, some see the need for strong policy involvement to institutionalise IBs, while others see it as a market-driven process to stimulate IB investment and model creation.

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Henry Motte-Munoz Henry Motte-Munoz

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With a population of 100 million and a $330+ billion GDP growing at 6 percent per year, the Philippines is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Amidst its growth, the developing nation, like others in Southeast Asia, still faces significant challenges, particularly affecting its youth. These challenges include access to relevant, quality education, and paths to sustainable careers.

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Andrew Milner Andrew Milner

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The 2019 AVPN conference in Singapore put its cards firmly on the table from the start. The focus would be on big themes: education, gender equality, hunger and malnutrition, and climate change – most of all on climate change. From the first session, speaker after speaker reminded us that we only have 15 years in which to reduce greenhouse gas emissions before the effects of climate change become irreversible.

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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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Jocelle Batapa-Sigue Jocelle Batapa-Sigue

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Taiwan is driving the creation of a smart city by enabling entrepreneurs and startups to use technology to solve Taipei’s pressing issues, and investing in innovative solutions that exhibit a ‘proof of concept model’. We have much to learn from Taiwan by nurturing innovation in the startup ecosystem and harnessing citizen participation for positive impact.

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