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October 12, 2017

Social investment as a vehicle to achieve sustainable development goals

This article was originally featured in Philanthropy Magazine. AVPN’s article is found on pp 3-5. Following the recent Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) conference in Bangkok – the largest gathering of social investors in Asia – AVPN has launched its latest research Social Investment Landscape in Asia. The report serves as a guide for social investors to maximise their impact whether they are […]

Philanthropy Impact Magazine
October 12, 2017

India’s children deserve a solid foundation

This article was originally featured in Alliance Magazine. India has made remarkable progress towards universalizing primary education, but learning outcomes are poor. Current efforts to address poor learning outcomes focus on improving primary education but ignore the preschool years. But, the preschool years are one of the most powerful levers to address this challenge. The […]

Alliance Magazine
October 11, 2017

The importance of partnerships to bridge disconnects within India’s education system

This article was originally featured in the Alliance Magazine. Before founding Muktangan, I had spent 35 years working in diverse roles in education across India, and had identified many disconnects in mainstream teacher and school education. Flexible space and inclusive learning for schools. Photo credit: Muktangan. 1.) There was minimal systemic connection between teacher education and […]

Alliance Magazine
October 10, 2017

Getting investors and investees together

This article was originally featured in ImpactAlpha. Social investors and organisations seeking social investment often struggle to find each other. An award-winning match-making service created by the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network has seen 200 successful deals across the Asia-Pacific so far this year. Its manager, Jasmine Chew, explains more. As the only pan-Asian network for social investors […]

Pioneers Post
October 5, 2017

AVPN Named Finalist in 14th Annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business

Stevie Award Winners to Be Announced in New York on November 17 Singapore, 5 October 2017 – AVPN was named a Finalist in the Organization of the Year – Government or Non-Profit – More than 10 Employees category in the 14th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award […]

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October 3, 2017

Big asset managers, Salesforce impact fund, financing education in India, open data privacy

This article was originally featured in ImpactAlpha. Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices Nine out of 10 of the largest U.S. asset managers are now active in impact investing. The biggest asset managers, including №1 BlackRock ($5.7 trillion in assets in 2015) appear to be the first movers, according to a new analysis from impact investing strategy […]

Impact Alpha
October 2, 2017

Social entrepreneurs need an extra push to scale up and be sustainable

This article was originally featured in Live Mint. Three social entrepreneurs vying for SEOY award, which will be announced on 4 October, are from Akshaya Patra Foundation, Study Hall Education Foundation and Educate Girls New Delhi: For entities looking to solve SIN (spillover, important, neglected) problems and aiming to bring about social change, the going is not […]

Live Mint
September 29, 2017

The AVPN Deal Share Platform Selected as Best National Digital Solution for International World Summit Award in the Category Inclusion and Empowerment

The AVPN Deal Share Platform was nominated as best national digital solution for Singapore for the international World Summit Awards, selecting digital innovation with impact on society.  With this nomination in the Category Inclusion and Empowerment, The AVPN Deal Share Platform qualifies for evaluation by the WSA Online Jury 2017 among 391 international nominations. The […]

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September 28, 2017

Financial Centers, Social Enterprise World Forum Launch New Initiatives on Sustainable Finance

This article was originally featured in IISD. STORY HIGHLIGHTS In the Casablanca statement, 15 financial centres agreed to launch an international network of financial centers for sustainability to raise awareness, promote common standards, drive innovation and build the skills needed for the expansion of green and sustainable finance. Representatives of 17 governments and the private sector […]

September 28, 2017

International coalition to promote social enterprise for sustainable development across the Asia-Pacific region

This article was originally featured in British Council. Leading global and regional organisations have joined the British Council in announcing their support for an ambitious initiative to promote the growth of social enterprise and impact investment across the Asia-Pacific region as a means of accelerating progress of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs). Ministers and senior […]

British Council
September 20, 2017

Reframing Education Change in India

This article was originally featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review. Imagine an education system with 1.5 million schools and a 250 million student enrollment, with a budget of 2.7 percent of gross domestic product. This is in a country with 1.326 billion people, 572 million of whom are between 0 and 24 years old. How […]

Stanford Social Innovation Review
September 16, 2017

Public-private cooperation must in education system

This article was originally featured in The Hindu. Mumbai: The Centre, using its human and material resources, can lead the education initiative, and the public-private cooperation is the need of the hour, said Anil Swarup, secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, government of India. He was speaking at the India Summit 2017 conducted by Asian […]

The Hindu
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