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There is a growing body of evidence that gender equity is profitable for investment and makes a strong business case. However, the role of gender while investing is highly contextual and can be different in different markets. In India, rural women lack access to services, opportunities, and resources including affordable finance. There could be exclusion […]

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ESG investing is a holistic approach to investing that incorporates critical environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment analysis and decision-making processes. There is growing evidence that ESG-aligned funds perform at par with benchmark indices. Certain demographic groups such as millennials and women investors are asking for investments that are good for society and […]

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  Despite India’s impressive economic growth, there is still a staggering population of 70 mil­lion people who are struggling to access stable and sustainable livelihoods in its rural hinter­lands. The growing urgency to address the country’s wealth gap has spurred rigorous efforts from the social economy – from the Government of India to social investors […]

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Despite the billions of dollars that have been invested in the development sector, India still has a long way to go to raise health, education and nutrition indicators to reasonable levels. Being home to nearly a fifth of the world’s population, India needs solutions that have the potential to reach millions. The consensus that funders and […]

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Unprecedented forces of globalization continue to change the pace and scale at which innovation impacts the everyday. The role of social innovation has never proven more critical given the pace at which technology is used as a force for good. Yet, the task of being innovative is too daunting to rest merely on the shoulders of social entrepreneurs. Policy actors have an incentive […]

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India’s unprecedented urbanization has outpaced the country’s ecosystem building growth, causing drastic inequality across the land. There is a need to make cities more inclusive and responsive to change by identifying quantifiable and measurable challenges. Therefore, data collection needs to translate into useful insights for knowledge and product development. With the help of government agencies, […]

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Over the past years, individuals and organisations have experienced the potential of Impact Investing. In addition, tech startups have the potential to bring in the latest technologies from around the world, thereby leapfrogging developments in localised areas. The Impact Investment and technology space in Myanmar is slowly but surely coming to life. Several organisations are […]

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India has 164.4 million children (0-6 year) as per Census 2011, and the need for quality childhood care and education is immense. While a lot of innovative work is happening in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) sector in India, it is being done in silos. Hence, the outcomes generated are dispersed and diffused, lacking a maximum […]

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The off-grid solar industry was born from the demand for energy access among the more than one billion people who lack access to electricity worldwide. Early innovators and investors in this space were impatient with government grid extension and saw off-grid solar technology as an opportunity to “leapfrog” business-as-usual electrification approaches. This access has influenced outcomes […]

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As inequality increases across the world and crisis after crisis envelops the financial sector, the financial system reveals a systemic market failure, which prevents the needs of the social economy to be served holistically. Nonetheless, this is not irreparable. Ultimately, the financial system is only a tool, and it is up to us to harness it […]

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Across Asia, policy makers and governments in different markets are looking for more effective ways to collaborate across sectors and mobilise more capital and innovation to solve some of the most challenging and intractable social issues. “Crowding in” private sector capital is challenging, when there is much field building work to do on creating awareness, establishing […]

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Across Asia, people who belong to the low-income segment or live in poverty make up 60 percent of the population. Many of these people spend less than $3 a day on purchases. While governments have a vital role to play in creating pathways to fair, lasting and shared prosperity, it is increasingly the private sector […]

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