AVPN Builds Social Investing Sector in China and Korea with Member Events


Kang Fei Wong


Paul Carttar, the founding director of Obama administration’s Social Innovation Fund, and the co-founder of the Bridgespan Group, joined AVPN on a roadshow in September, travelling to Shenzhen and Beijing in China, the finishing in Seoul, Korea. As our special invited speaker, Paul gave his insights on a range of topics – from government’s role in catalysing innovation in the social sector, to global trends in social investment, social impact bonds and multi-sector collaboration for greater social impact.

In Shenzhen, we participated in the China Charity Fair that was attended by key Chinese social sector stakeholders. In Beijing, AVPN was hosted by Peking University in conducting a deep-dive discussion with social investing practitioners and academics on social impact bonds.


At Beijing Normal University’s Jingshi Philanthropy Seminar Series, Paul and Andrew Muirhead, board member of AVPN, was joined by China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation Microfinance in discussing new innovative ways in addressing social issues.









AVPN was invited to Seoul by our member, Seoul Social Economy Network to present a lecture on the future of Social Innovation Fund to an auditorium of Korean government officials. The event was jointly organised by Association of Korean Local Governments for Social Economy and Solidarity, AVPN, SSEN and funded by Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul Social Economy Center.




S8-3To round up the trip, we also organised a members’ roundtable session with our Korean members: Asan Nanum Foundation, Circle Foundation, and Crevisse were amongst the members who attended the event and sought Paul’s advice on social investing in their respective areas.






If you would like to learn more about the experts in social investing that we can bring to your city, contact the membership services team at [email protected]. We will be happy to customise your event that will help you achieve greater social impact!


A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training


Kang Fei Wong

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