2021 AVPN Conference


Collaborating for Social Impact

The Constellations Awards celebrate the remarkable ways in which social investors across Asia collaborate to address the complex challenges of our times.

Asia is big, diverse, and complex – and so are its challenges. Our members meet those challenges through collaborations that pioneer solutions at scale. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us the cracks in the social impact landscape. The social investment sector has responded without flinching. Members have learnt to react to an unfolding crisis quickly, in the short term, and nurture systemic solutions, in the long term. Our members have established shared aims and pooled resources to meet the moment with imaginative action. “The Constellations Awards 2021” celebrate the ingenuity and effectiveness of our members. Inspire and motivate others to try projects like yours across Asia.

The projects we celebrate in the Constellations Awards are inspiring, but more importantly, they are practical. Demonstrate how you have harnessed the strengths of different actors, illuminate the ripples of positive impact you have triggered, share your game-changing point of view. Does your collaborative project have the potential to catalyse impact at scale by providing new means of accessing capital?

Are you a pioneer? Pave the way for others – inspire them to mobilise their capital towards impact and a more resilient Asia. Submit your application for a Constellations Award 2021, or recommend a friend.

This second installment of the Constellations Awards will be celebrated at the AVPN Conference 2021.

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We need to find $1.5 trillion a year in investment to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, according to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). To explore what our AVPN members are doing to get us there, we have split the award categories based on the themes from the SDGs.

The three Constellations Award categories we have chosen reflect the spectrum of global social and environmental issues that the Constellations projects can rally around:

Social Equality and Inclusion

Covers initiatives where the primary impact areas include and are not limited to: Gender, Livelihood & Poverty Alleviation, Education, Employability, Financial Inclusion, Affordable Housing, Ageing, and Arts & Culture.

Climate Action and the Environment

Covers initiatives where the primary impact areas include and are not limited to: Agriculture, Climate Action, Environmental Security, Conservation, Energy, Water, Biodiversity, Plastics.

Health and Wellbeing

Covers initiatives where the primary impact areas include and are not limited to: Healthcare, Nutrition, Sanitation & Hygiene, Mental Health.



• Applications for recognition are open to teams that include at least ONE AVPN member
• Applicants are allowed to submit more than one entry
• Projects can be submitted as long as they have started, are in progress, or have been completed within the past 2 years
• Ongoing projects should have been running for at least a year at the point of submission
• The main activities of the projects should be located in the Asia Pacific



Once all applications have been submitted, we will comb them to check they are complete and all our questions have been answered. Our AVPN team will review everything and contact your nominated contact if we find anything missing. All applications must be fully completed in order to be considered by the judges.


Our judges will then review all complete submissions. They will evaluate based on the submissions’ potential to inspire real, positive, and bold transformation that is collaborative, actionable and scalable. They will give a numerical score against these criteria:

Strength of Collaboration (30%): We are looking for projects that draw on expertise from a number of sectors and demographic backgrounds. We are especially interested in projects where actors have co-created and engaged proactively. You will get extra points if you have worked with multiple actors within the public sector, private sector, and civil society. It’s good if those actors are from along supply chains or within sectors or geographies. The key is that you collaborated with them to integrate their views and perspectives.


• How many stakeholders are involved in this initiative and how did each contribute their different strengths to achieve the project goals?
• How have you used networks to achieve the project goals?
• In what ways did collaborating benefit the project?

Impact Potential (30%): We are looking for projects that address one of the Asia Pacific’s most pressing problems. The project needs to include a coherent plan to drive change and achieve long-term impact.


• Does the project have a clear theory of change framework?
• What immediate and short-term outcomes did the project achieve?

Transformative Potential & Innovation (20%): We are looking for projects that can demonstrate the use of new ideas, including novel approaches, practices, and technologies. These ideas have high transformative potential if you can show how they potentially disrupt an unsustainable and unjust equilibrium positively to solve global, regional or industry challenges. The project is game-changing and future-oriented.


• How is the project game-changing?
• How does the project change the future?
• Please describe how the project uses novel and new ideas in approaches, practices, technologies, funding approaches or other culture-enhancing elements to solve the challenges at hand.

Growth Potential (20%): We want projects that can be replicated successfully in different regions or markets. Different enterprises should be able to implement the project and grow as more stakeholders join.


• What factors make this project easily replicated in different markets or regions? Is there any intention to do so?
• Can the project be scaled up to allow other stakeholders to join?



An independent panel of judges with distinguished backgrounds will assess the entries following rigorous criteria. They commit to doing this with integrity, objectivity, impartiality, avoidance of conflict of interest, and transparency.

Where a judge or an assessor has a direct connection with an applicant organisation, they will excuse themselves from the assessment and evaluation of that organisation.

• Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive, The British Asian Trust

• Deepali Khanna, Managing Director, Asia Regional Office, The Rockefeller Foundation

• Tim Hanstad, Chief Executive, Chandler Foundation

• Fadjar Hutomo, Deputy Chairman of Financial Access, The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia

• Peng Yanni, Chief Executive, Narada Foundation

• Neera Nundy, Partner and Cofounder, DASRA

• Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited

• Dhun Davar, Head, Social Finance and India Head, UBS Optimus Foundation

• Angeline Chin, Global Community Impact APAC Lead, Johnson & Johnson

• Yibin Chu, Regional Head of Corporate Citizenship, Asia Pacific, Citi Asia Pacific

• Annie Chen, Chair, RS Group

• Naina Subberwal Batra, Chairperson and CEO, AVPN



1. Application deadline: 28 February 2021, 23:59 Singapore Time (GMT+8)

2. Application should be submitted in English only and follow the requirements of the application form

3. The application is free of charge

4. Applicants must not submit any false documents or information and they must follow the requirements of the overview. If the provided information does not meet the requirements, AVPN reserves the right to decline the application. Should the investigation prove the information provided by any organisations to be false, they will be disqualified from the award.

5. Information submitted by applications may be used in marketing, promotion, and media engagement by AVPN

6. For AVPN’s data protection policy, please visit the AVPN Data Protection Policy

7. AVPN reserves the right to change any specifications

8. For any queries, please contact constellations@avpn.asia



The shortlist for the Constellations Awards 2021: People’s Choice Award will be announced in May 2021. Our jury of industry-leading professionals will narrow down the longlisted entries to about five entries per category.

Anyone will be able to vote for their favourite entries in our inaugural People’s Choice Award. The public will be able to choose one entry per category until voting closes.


• Shortlist published & public vote goes live: 3 May 2021

• Public vote closes: 4 June 2021

• Announcement of People’s Choice Award winners: June 2021 (at AVPN Conference 2021)

• The winners will be ratified by our master jury, and they will be announced in June 2021 at the AVPN Conference 2021. We’ll be sharing more information about this soon.



Nov 2020

Call for submissions

28 Feb 2021 23:59 Singapore Time (GMT+8)

Deadline for submissions

Mar 2020

Internal screening by AVPN and evaluation by judges

May – Jun 2021

People’s Choice Award public voting goes live

Jun 2021

Result announcement & award presentation at AVPN Conference 2021

The information and dates are correct at the point of dissemination and may be subjected to changes.


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In 2020, we are proud to recognise 5 outstanding collaborative solutions that are addressing complex problems of our times.


Challenge At Hand

A typical student in India is at least two grades behind the level expected in literacy and numeracy indicators for their age. Therefore, there is a need to improve the quality of learning and learning outcomes for children, as also emphasised in SDG-4 (Quality Education).

Collaborative Solutions

The Quality Education India Development Impact Bond (DIB) brings together over 15 organisations from the private, public and nonprofit sectors, for the first time, to improve learning outcomes for 200,000+ primary school children from marginalised communities in India. These interventions enable students to ‘catch-up’ between 1 -2.5 grades over the course of four years, moving children towards their age-appropriate learning levels.


Implementing Partners

Risk Investor

Convener & Intermediary

Anchor Funder

Supported by

Outcome Evaluator

Performance Manager

Corporate Partner

Knowledge & Technical Partners

Legal Partners

Type Of Resources Pooled

  • Estimated total financial contribution (in USD): $11m
  • Michael and Susan Dell Foundation’s technical insight into India’s education sector
  • UBSOF’s experience from being risk funders on the Educate Girls DIB – the first DIB in India.
  • BAT’s deep expertise in South Asia and wide networks helped to secure new donors and champions for this DIB.


Challenge At Hand

There is increasing pressure on public healthcare services in India due to scarce human resources and inadequate infrastructure. Technologies, especially emerging technologies, may have a transformational impact on health delivery in India but there is inadequate ecosystem preparedness and policy frameworks to propel these innovations.

Collaborative Solutions

Technical experts need to partner with the public sector to build progressive policies that integrate AI into public health. Thus, the project initiative, AI in Public Health, was created to assist the government to achieve health outcomes by digitizing healthcare services, which supports priorities in India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to roll out the National Digital Health Blueprint. The team instituted sustainable governance structures to resolve key policy challenges in kick starting the AI ecosystem for public health and engaged the larger ecosystem in creating suggestive policy frameworks. Further, in-depth analysis of various national health programmes was conducted to understand existing AI readiness and key application areas for emerging technologies.


Type Of Resources Pooled



Challenge At Hand

In Indonesia, 1 in 3 children under the age of 5 are stunted, the 5th highest rate in the world, according to the 2013 National Health Survey. Stunting not only causes children to be more susceptible to diseases, but also impairs their mental and physical development.

Collaborative Solutions

A 5-year programme, Better Investment for Stunting Alleviation (BISA), has been designed to assist the Government of Indonesia to realise their stunting reduction goals. By effectively implementing nutrition policies and utilising government funding, BISA aims to improve sanitation access and practices at provincial, district and village levels. Read more on the programme via The Power of Nutrition’s website.


Type Of Resources Pooled

  • Estimated total financial contribution (in USD): $10m across two Indonesian provinces, West Java and East Nusa Tenggara
  • Executing a gender-sensitive social behaviour change plan
  • Providing technical guidance to health and nutrition service providers
  • Advocating across national, provincial, district and village levels to reallocate budgets for stunting reduction


Challenge At Hand

Youth in India are not sufficiently equipped with 21st century employability skills needed for a digital economy.

Collaborative Solutions

The Future Right Skills Network empowers 100,000 youth every year with foundational employability skills. Youth enrolled in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across the states of Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, are provided 250 hours of training for skills on digital fluency, workplace readiness, career management and life skills. Quest’s curriculum is also optimized for mobile phones to enable on-the-go self-learning. This partnership aims to to transform the ITI skilling ecosystem through digital technologies, capacity building, and 21st-century skills for students and educators.


Accenture, Cisco and Quest Alliance to equip 1.5 million youths across India with foundational employability skills for the digital economy.

Type Of Resources Pooled

  • Customizing digital and classroom tools to suit the context of industrial training institutes. Quest Alliance tailored 250 hours of training for learners and educators to suit the context of Industrial Training Institutes. This curriculum was also optimized for mobile to drive impact alongside greater digital inclusion.
  • Co-authoring student curriculum on “Employability Skills”
  • Innovations in projects like a low cost Raspberry Pi server that hosts digital content in an offline environment
  • Consulting services to review systems, drive relationships and connections with the Govt. of India and State Governments


Challenge At Hand

In Indonesia, there is a considerable challenge in delivering high-quality teaching to every student across the country.

Collaborative Solutions

Inisiatif Kepemimpinan Pendidikan untuk Raih Prestasi (INSPIRASI) aims to develop a proven school leadership development model that can improve student learning. By working with philanthropists, corporates, academics and policymakers to implement and analyse different pilot programs, this 1.5 year collaboration can support school leaders from across 25 medium to low performing schools through professional development workshops and one-to-one coaching sessions.

In July 2020, INSPIRASI will bring on an additional 90 schools making the total pilot group 115 schools. The cohort consists of primary schools serving marginalized students both from the public and religious (madrasahs) schools.


Type Of Resources Pooled

  • Funding in the form of cash grant and in-kind support
  • Best practices were sourced from similar programs in India, Malaysia, and Kenya

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