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June 12, 2017

A social investment ecosystem emerges in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar

By Michael Standaert The social-impact economy in growth markets in Asia has grabbed the attention of governments in the region, according to a new report from the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network. Impact investment funds are launching or expanding, even in…Read More

Impact Alpha
June 9, 2017


A speech given by Peng T. Ong on scalable and sustainable solution to education around the world at AVPN Conference 2017 in Bangkok on June 7, 2017.  Peng T. Ong is the Chairman of SolveEducation!, a non-profit organisation that focuses on…Read More

Monk's Hill Ventures
June 9, 2017

Building social ventures in South Korea: A Q&A with Crevisse’s Wonyoung Kim

In South Korea, “there are more and more social enterprises and impact businesses that are investable that are penetrating into the mainstream market.” Wonyoung Kim prefers what he does to be called venture building, instead of incubation. Seoul-based Crevisse was…Read More

Impact Alpha
June 9, 2017

Traditional forms of philanthropy being replaced by a more market-based solutions approach: Roopa Kudva

Omidyar Network MD Roopa Kudva on why India is a favoured destination for impact investing, social entrepreneurship and ways to deal with talent crunch in the development sector. Bangkok: Philanthropy in India is gradually changing as impact investing and strategic…Read More

Live Mint
June 8, 2017

Q & A with Annie Chen: The path to a 100% sustainable and mission-aligned portfolio

Born and raised in a wealthy family in Hong Kong, Annie Chen went to college and law school in the U.S. After a decade as a tax lawyer in San Francisco and Hong Kong, Annie Chen took over management of…Read More

Impact Alpha
June 1, 2017

Meet the social investors of AVPN

One of the biggest events in the social investment calendar is just around the corner – the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) conference will be taking place in Bangkok June 7th-9th. The conference is the largest gathering of philanthropists and…Read More

Pioneers Post
May 30, 2017

Why Blurring the Lines are Important

While impact investing continues to grow in popularity globally, there is a shortage of social enterprises in Asia ready to take on the amount of capital and return assumptions needed to balance impact with the market-rate returns desired by many…Read More

May 29, 2017

Making the most of the market

In an office in Hong Kong’s vibrant Sham Shui Po district, exciting collaborations are being formed between corporates and social startups to tackle the city’s social and environmental challenges. Oliver Holtaway reports on an emerging movement. Hong Kong is not…Read More

Pioneers Post
May 23, 2017

Bridging the Chasm Within Southeast Asia’s Social Enterprise Ecosystem

AVPN will convene the largest gathering of philanthropists and social investors in Asia from June 7-9 in Bangkok, Thailand, for the annual AVPN Conference. This event brings together a diverse range of funders and resource providers – from foundations to…Read More

Next Billion
May 19, 2017

Five things to know about the social (impact) scene in Asia

Venture philanthropy and impact investing meet in Bangkok next month People with more than a passing interest in venture philanthropy and impact investing will meet in Bangkok next week for the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network’s 2017 Conference, June 7-9. ImpactAlpha is…Read More

Impact Alpha
May 18, 2017

Kevin Teo: Engineer Turned Mentor

Kevin’s passion for social entrepreneurship led him to partner with Singapore International Foundation (SIF) in launching the Young Social Entrepreneurs programme.

Singapore International Foundation
May 16, 2017

Two Billion Emerging Consumers are Only a Handset Away From Financial Inclusion

Editor’s note: Throughout 2017, NextBillion is organizing content around a monthly theme, dedicating special attention to a specific sector alongside our broader coverage. This post is part of our focus on technology for the month of May. Think about this…Read More

NB Financial Innovation
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