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Christina Ameln Christina Ameln

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These are all synonyms for the word ‘impact’. In simple terms, to make an impact is to make an impression. In social impact terms, it is to make a lasting impression on social and environmental issues that are important to communities. Making an impact is a key component of corporate social responsibility (CSR) engagements that corporations use to seek to ensure sustainable models of change. And rightly so. If corporates pursue social impact without jolting, knocking, impressing, influencing or swaying the communities in which they work, how much difference can they hope to make?

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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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Christina Ameln Christina Ameln

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When my stomach growls from hunger, I walk to the fridge, open the door and take whatever looks good. I know that for many people in the world, this is a dream. They have no fridge, little food and no way to ease their hunger pains.

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Bradley Wo Bradley Wo

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Despite the dramatic growth in sustainable finance mechanisms in recent years, Asia has yet to realise its full potential and continues to lag behind the US and Europe. While the market for green bonds has grown globally from $87 billion in 2016 to $167 billion in 2018, only 2 Asian countries – China and India – were included in the top 10 countries based on cumulative green bond issuance.

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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

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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

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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

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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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