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Amanda Kee Amanda Kee

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The cancellation of classes because of the pandemic has placed the urgency of education innovations in sharper focus. Clearly, no society can afford leaving an entire generation of students unprepared for the future. Yet, even before Covid-19, education systems were in dire need of reform to prepare the youth for the 21st century, which many experts say will be shaped by the Fourth Industrial Revolution in a world that is already becoming more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.

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Gladys Ng Kai Xin Gladys Ng Kai Xin

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With the COVID-19 pandemic, AVPN took its Annual Conference fully online for the first time ever. It was the largest showing to date, attracting a record 7,500 participants from 103 markets. The five-day event saw the social investment community in Asia pledge their commitment to advance social impact, reinforce their connections to one another, and share stories of innovation and inspiration. Here we share five memorable takeaways from the Conference.

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Peter Yang Peter Yang

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A case study on how Empact made a match between a corporate partner, Singapore Pools, and a non-profit partner, Parkinson’s Society Singapore, that not only solved the charity’s data security challenge, but also created an opportunity for closing the technology gap for the social sector.

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Naina Subberwal Batra Naina Subberwal Batra

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No one country, group or person can fight climate change solo. Sustainable investing needs an ecosystem where all kinds of capital works together.

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Akanksha Rath Akanksha Rath

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As the AVPN 2019 conference was underway, news reports were coming in of over a hundred children dying in Muzaffarnagar, in Bihar, India. Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) was identified as the root cause, with the children showing symptoms of seizures and severe disorientation. Upon investigation, a team from the Indian Medical Association found that malnutrition “contributed substantially” to the epidemic. The numbers are telling – almost 48% of children under five in the state are stunted, which is among the highest in India.

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Lucy Moore Lucy Moore

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It’s hard to imagine a for-profit company that does not incorporate customer feedback into its business model. Whether it’s Apple smoothing out glitches in a software update based on user experience or hotel staff responding to comments posted on TripAdvisor, customer reviews are integral to a company’s success and in turn enhance those customers’ engagement and empowerment.  

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AVPN Deal Share Team AVPN Deal Share Team

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AVPN’s Deal Share Live works hard to deliver high quality pitches and demos from Social Purpose Organisations (SPOs) covering varying markets, geographies and levels of maturity.

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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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Andrew Milner Andrew Milner

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Funders are too far away from the end-beneficiaries of their programmes. Hearing what they have to say about them can help refine and improve those programmes. It sounds obvious, doesn’t it? And yet the practice tends to be the exception rather than the rule.

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Doug Miller Doug Miller

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2002年的时候,我当时在做私募股权的工作,我领着来自9个国家的27位朋友,前往越南扫雷,这是一个慈善募款活动的行程。我们中的一些人开始讨论我们当时资助的项目。我们不仅对我们提出问题所获得的答案不满意,而且强烈地认识到我们的项目缺乏有效性,缺乏透明度,衡量影响力的方法也很差劲。显然,需要做些什么。

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Christina Ameln Christina Ameln

While climate action has historically not been top-of-mind for social investors in Asia, we are seeing more AVPN members increasing the capital available to fight climate change, emphasizing the power of collective efforts.

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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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