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Henry Motte-Muñoz Henry Motte-Muñoz

4 min read

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

5 min read

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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Outi Gruener Outi Gruener

Investors generally operate within market infrastructures that do not prioritise social, environmental and economic considerations. We are, therefore, required to ask: how can more capital be mobilized towards impact?

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Pioneering companies and financial institutions have been crucial in promoting sustainable agriculture and forestry investment, yet progress has been slow. USAID Green Invest Asia is taking the lead by working with mid-growth enterprises and linking them with investors to scale up profitable and sustainable agriculture and forestry practices.

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Asha Harvey Asha Harvey

3 min read

Nexus opens doors for sustainable development in Asia’s emerging markets by creating an inclusive dialogue between financial system and renewable energy (RE) market actors. Nexus is helping to overcome barriers to finance by challenging negative perceptions on the bankability of low-carbon social enterprises and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

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Paul Carttar Paul Carttar

6 min read

With increasing discussions related to impact investing, how do top philanthropists strategically deploy their capital? Paul Carttar, co-founder of The Bridgespan Group, shares his insights.

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John Garrity John Garrity

5 min

As the enthusiasm for digital financial services grows, connectivity infrastructure is critical for their success, and for the end users to be connected to the digital world.

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Meg Argyriou Meg Argyriou

3 min read

In a global agreement to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, Southeast Asian countries, have committed themselves to achieve the goal of net zero emissions by 2050. ClimateWorks Australia offers a few solutions.

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Stuart Hawkins Stuart Hawkins

3 min read

As part of Coca-Cola’s ‘5by20’ goal of empowering 5 million women entrepreneurs by year 2020, the team shares its CSR footprint and learning outcomes across Southeast Asia.

Coca-Cola’s programs also provide sustainable water access throughout 8 ASEAN countries.

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Alfred Poon Alfred Poon

Oxfam GB’s Enterprise Development Programme (EDP), which is currently invested in Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Philippines in Asia, expects its exposure to the region to increase in the near future. According to Kim Sophastienphong, Regional Enterprise Development Program Coordinator for Oxfam in Asia, Oxfam plans to expand its portfolio in these countries […]

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