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What Australia Can Share with Asia – More Cross Sector Collaboration, More Community Involvement!

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Kang Fei Wong

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AVPN made a special visit to Australia in late February to catch up with our members and also to share the latest social investment trends with the key local players in philanthropy. In Sydney, executive vice-chair, Andrew Muirhead, spoke at an event hosted by Social Ventures Australia (SVA) and Philanthropy Australia. In Melbourne, SVA also brought together a roundtable of more than 20 foundations, one of which became one of our newest members in Australia. ANZ Banking Group has a strong presence in Asia, and AVPN will help the various arms of the bank to reach out better with the Asian communities.

What AVPN realized from this trip is the tremendous amount of progressiveness with the many leaders in the industry – the wish to collaborate for collective impact and the commitment for place-based solutions. One of our members, the Ten20 Foundation, is currently spearheading a multi-sector group to produce common outcomes framework, working closely with local communities, the business sector and other stakeholders.

As AVPN deepens our foothold in our member countries, we hope to serve our local communities better and we understand that each region and country has different needs and develop at varying degrees of engagement in philanthropy and social innovation. We will be working with our key members to create localized content and solutions, so please engage more with us so we can co-create customized content for our member markets. Contact us to learn more about what we can do with you!

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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

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Kang Fei Wong

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