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 by collaborating to pioneer solutions at scale.
The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us the cracks in economies and the social sector but the social investment sector has responded unflinchingly to the unfolding crisis in the short term, and is nurturing systemic solutions for the long run. Our members have established shared aims and harnessed the strengths of different stakeholders to meet the moment with imaginative action. The Constellations Awards 2022 celebrate the ingenuity and effectiveness of our members.
The projects we recognise in the Constellations Awards are inspiring, but more importantly, they are action-oriented. We seek to illuminate the ripples of positive impact they have triggered, share their game-changing point of view, and provide these projects new means of accessing capital.
ABOUT THE AWARDS
The Constellations Award categories reflect the spectrum of global social and environmental issues that the Constellations projects can rally around:
Covers initiatives where the primary impact areas include and are not limited to championing climate solutions: Agriculture; Biodiversity; Climate Finance; Conservation; Environmental Security; ESG & Sustainability; Food Security & Food Waste; Low Carbon; Renewable Energy; Water Sanitation; and Recycling.
Covers initiatives where the primary impact areas include and are not limited to: Livelihood & Poverty Alleviation; Education, Employability; Financial Inclusion; Affordable Housing; Ageing; and Arts & Culture.
Covers initiatives that improve outcomes for women and girls where the primary impact areas include and are not limited: Health and Safety; Education; Economic Empowerment; Women in Leadership; and Gender Justice.
Covers initiatives where the primary impact areas include and are not limited to: Healthcare; Nutrition; Sanitation & Hygiene; and Mental Health.
In addition to the 4 awards, the public has voted for its favourite, most inspirational project from among the finalists, and decided the one that should be given the platform to scale and reach much-needed communities.
The panel of judges
The independent panel of jury with distinguished backgrounds has evaluated this year’s Constellations submissions based on their potential to inspire real, positive, and bold transformations that are collaborative, actionable and scalable. This was evaluated against the following criteria: Strength of Collaboration; Impact Potential; Transformative Potential & Innovation; and Growth Potential.
what we're looking for
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.
Before voting, consider these evaluation criteria:
Strength of Collaboration
Does the project draw on expertise from a number of sectors and demographic backgrounds?
Does the project have a coherent plan for addressing a pressing problem in the Asia-Pacific?
Transformative Potential & Innovation
Does the project have new ideas, approaches, and technologies that are game-changing and future-oriented?
Can the project be scaled up, or replicated successfully in different regions or markets?
Vote for your favourite entry today!
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.
- Arnav Kapur, Lead – Philanthropic Partnerships, India and South Asia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Gu Qing, Program Office, China, Ford Foundation
- Chris Addy, Managing Partner, Boston Office, The Bridgespan Group
- Wonyoung Kim, Executive Director, Crevisse Partners
- Liza Green, Head, Corporate Citizenship and Executive Director, Credit Suisse APAC Foundation, Credit Suisse
- Andrew Staples, PhD. , Regional Head, (APAC), Policy & Insights, Economist Impact
- Veronica Colondam, Chair, AVPN and Founder & CEO, YCAB Foundation
The winners will be ratified by our master jury, and they will be announced at the AVPN Global Conference 2022.
- Application deadline: 7 March 2022, 23:59 Singapore Time (GMT+8)
- Application should be submitted in English only and follow the requirements of the application form
- The application is free of charge
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5 COLLABORATIVE SOLUTIONS
Constellations Awards 2021 Winners
In 2021, we are proud to recognise 5 outstanding collaborative solutions that are addressing complex problems of our times.
5 collaborative solutions
In 2021, we are proud to recognise 5 outstanding collaborative solutions that are addressing complex problems of our times.
The 2030 Water Resources Group estimates that if India continues to consume water as per current rates, India will only have half the water it needs by 2030. Agriculture accounts for 80% of India’s freshwater use, almost twice the amount used by comparable countries to grow one unit of food. Hence, innovative and scalable solutions are needed to solve a spectrum of water-related problems.
Villgro Innovations Foundation partnered with Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF) to identify and support social enterprises that can work with non-profit organisations to address India’s water challenges. Through an incubation program, high impact ideas with significant potential to address India’s rural water crisis are selected and provided with support. The partnership also facilitated engagements between social enterprises and NGOs to scale innovative solutions, operationalise pilots, and disseminate and promote successful models across the agriculture, water, and climate ecosystems to garner visibility, adoption, capital infusion, and scale-up.
Hindustan Unilever Foundation; CultYvate; CIPT; Villgro
People's Choice Awards: Constellations 2022
The Constellations Awards 2022 celebrate the ingenuity and effectiveness of our members and the remarkable ways in which social investors across Asia collaborate to address the complex challenges of our times. These outstanding projects that we recognise in the Constellations Awards are inspiring, and more importantly, they are action-oriented. We seek to illuminate the ripples of positive impact they have triggered, share their game-changing point of view, and provide these projects new means of accessing capital.
commendable collaborative projects
Here are some of the more commendable collaborative projects.
PC01: Reweave Program
AVPN Member(s): Enviu India
Other Collaborative Partner(s): Doen Foundation; Ikea Foundation; RVO
The fashion sector is trapped in a linear system of take-make-waste. This results in huge amounts of waste and the destruction of valuable materials. There is an urgent need to transition from a linear to a circular fashion economy, in which regenerative inputs are used, the true value of materials is captured, resources continue to circulate and waste is phased out.
Enviu’s Reweave Program builds disruptive ventures that drive the fashion sector towards a circular and fair value chain. Our focus is on building disruptive ventures with sustainable, circular manufacturing processes, we also look to create value from current production waste streams. These ventures serve to influence and inspire market participants driving innovation towards the creation of a new normal.
Our ventures include: Khaloom, which works with handloom weavers and produces high quality fabrics from recycled and organic yarns; PurFi, a waste rejuvenation technology for post-production of textile fabric waste; and Susclo, which produce garments for small and medium brands in an ethical and sustainable manner; and DesertSpring, a patented technology that offers manufacturers a sea buckthorn based alternative to the use of heavy metals in the production process.
PC02: SDGs Unicorn Accelerator (SUA)
AVPN Member(s): China Alliance of Social Value Investment (CASVI); Ashoka: Innovators for the Public; Green Startups Accelerator; Heroad (Shenzhen) Venture Capital Co., Ltd; Impact Hub Shanghai; Non-Profit Incubator; SINIC Foundation; SEED InVenture; Star of Social Innovation; CreditEase
Other Collaborative Partner(s): Chifufund; Cloudstone Fund; Tsing Capital; Global Social Finance Network; Yunqi Partners; Shenzhen Securities Information Co. Ltd; Shengshi investment; Oriental fortune capital; EY; China Galaxy Securities Co. Ltd.; SDIC Chuangyi; Asia Green Fund; FPA Microfinance; Bits x Bites Capital; Dao Capital; Technode; Y-city; Slush; TC; Youchange China Social Entrepreneur Foundation; AI Innovation Center, Shenzhen; Startup Weekend Shenzhen; Coin Platform; Enable Platform; Hong Kong X Foundation; The Youthink Center; Bottle Dream; Innovation Works; China Global Philanthrophy Institude; UNDP; Shenzhen Municipal Local Financial Supervision Administration; Singularity University; National School of Development, Peking University; iResearch; 36 Kr
Despite an emerging number of social entrepreneurs taking on the challenge of solving social and environmental issues, there is a lack of effective solutions and well-rounded support systems to drive value incubation and commercialisation.
SDGs Unicorn Accelerator (SUA) is a pioneering initiative by CASVI that bridges the gap in the Chinese market to cultivate the domestic social innovation ecosystem. Through collaborating with more than 30 partners from the public and private sectors, SUA supports early-stage entrepreneurs who align with SDGs and have innovative solutions to social and environmental problems. Since 2018, SUA has empowered 258 sustainable development start-ups, accelerated 45 start-ups, gathered 85 mentors, and cooperated with 10 incubators.
Social Equality and Inclusion
PC08: #COVIDActionCollab (CAC)
AVPN Member(s): Catalyst Foundation; Arthan; ChildFund; Industree Crafts Foundation; MacArthur Foundation; Dasra; SBI Foundation; Sesame Workshop
Other Collaborative Partner(s): Skoll Foundation; USAID; FNDR; Noora Health; Molecular Solutions Care Health; NeuCures (Covid-19 Homecare); Vihara Innovation Network; Design Beku; Change Alliance; Urban Morph; Gram Vaani Community Media; Molecular Solutions; LabourNet Services India Pvt. Ltd; ResilienceWorks; Private Hospitals & Nursing Homes Association – Karnataka (PHANA); Signable Communications; Siriti Design; Gnothi Seauton; ElderAid Wellness Pvt. Ltd; PCMH Restore Health; HealthSetGO Pvt Ltd; Change Alliance; Dhwani Rural Information Systems; Exotel Techcom Private Limited; Cloud Physician; Frida; Treemouse; Neshaju Envirotech Private Limited; SNEHA
The COVIDActionCollab (CAC) is an all India collaborative, united to provide relief, recovery and build resilience among the most vulnerable communities. Our partner organizations and networks work together to support these communities during the period of crisis and enable them to secure their future. We are a 326 partners strong collaboration and have reached 3 million vulnerable with 2000 volunteers. Our ambition is to reach and impact 10 million vulnerable people. We are inspired by humanity, serving the vulnerable population with a people first approach, irrespective of the crisis. We are people, partner centric and social impact, purpose led. We are obsessed with urgency & are powered by possibilities. We envision a new resilient world where vulnerable communities are empowered to survive and thrive during a humanitarian crisis.
In 2022, we are proud to recognise 5 outstanding collaborative solutions that are addressing complex problems of our times.
Bringing Sustainable and Equitable Sanitation Services to Small and Medium Towns in India
The Challenge at Hand
Wai and Sinnar, two small towns in Maharashtra, India faced distinct challenges across their sanitation value chain – access to toilets, containment of excreta, collection and transport, treatment, disposal and /reuse. Like most small and medium towns, they had limited technical and financial capacity to address these issues with conventional solutions.
In both the towns many households were dependent on community toilets or defecated in the open. The practice of open defecation endangered health and also polluted the environment. Both towns are dependent on onsite sanitation systems such as septic tanks. Faecal sludge from septic tanks was emptied once in 8-10 years, when the septic tanks overflowed. This resulted in widespread pollution. Also, the collected septage was dumped on open ground without treatment leading to pollution of ground, water and environment.
In 2013, preparation of City Sanitation Plans was initiated in both cities by CWAS through a consultative process with the local governments. This eventually led to support for these towns in making them Open Defecation Free (ODF) and implementing citywide Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) services. The city-level improvements were identified which also aligned with programs of the state and national government. Many stakeholders were involved in service planning. The cities engaged private operators and self help groups (SHGs) for provision of services, sector experts and consultants for training and project development; and mobilized citizens and leaders for demand driven toilet construction programs and acceptance of scheduled desludging services. Funding was mobilized from the city’s own budgets as well as philanthropic funds. Rigorous monitoring of services is done through digital monitoring systems.
CWAS also supported the cities to introduce a first-of-its-kind ‘scheduled desludging service’, where all septic tanks are desludged once in 3 years. This is implemented through a Performance linked annuity model (PLAM) by engagement with the private sector (link). The town of Wai has just completed the first cycle of three year scheduled desludging covering all septic tanks with 95% acceptance rate. It has helped to improve the quality of ground water and river water. It also ensures safe disposal of faecal waste to treatment facilities. The design of these services helps to ensure inclusive and equitable access, including especially for vulnerable areas such as slums.
Wai and Sinnar have become model cities in sanitation for the state of Maharashtra and their experiences have contributed to policy, guidelines and program design at state and national levels.
- AVPN members: Center for Water and Sanitation (CWAS), CEPT University, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
- Other project partners: British High Commission, New Delhi (earlier DFID), Local government of Wai and Local government of Sinnar.
Type of Resources Pooled
The total grant for this project was around USD 1 Million, from BMGF and DFID. This was leveraged over three times (USD 3.4 Million) by resources from various stakeholders. This included public funds from local governments (38%) , and the remaining (62%) from households and the private sector. These total resources have contributed to new toilets, scheduled desludging services and treatment facilities.
Bringing sustainable and equitable sanitation services to small and medium towns in India
Finalists for People’s Choice Awards
The 12 finalists have been carefully selected by our panel of judges and the project with the maximum votes will be entitled to win the People's Choice Award 2022.
Bharat EdTech Initiative (BEI)
Categories: Economic Opportunities
AVPN Member(s): Sattva Media and Consulting Pvt. Ltd.
Other Collaborative Partner(s): Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Give India, Danaher Foundation, CIPLA, Intuit, Games 24×7, Punchh Foundation, Deutsche Telekom, Atlassian, Google LLC, Matta NY, PLT Health Solutions, Vedantu, Convegenius, Toppr, Byjus, EI Mindspark, Barefoot Education Foundation, Transform Schools, Milaan Foundation, Claylabs, Masoom Foundation, Gram Vikas Trust, Light of Life Trust, Makkala Jagrati, Dream School Foundation, Gnothi Seauton, Convegenius Insights, EI Detailed Assessments, Trivium
Bharat EdTech Initiative (BEI) was launched in August 2021 with an objective to improve learning outcomes by providing equitable access to quality learning solutions for grade K12. BEI envisions to bridge the digital divide in education and impact 1 million children from underserved communities by 2025. As of February 2022, 116,000 students have started learning on the EdTech platforms.
In the first year, the focus of the program was on building awareness about EdTech, addressing issues related to affordability and accessibility, increasing student adoption and engagement rates and improving student learning levels. To ensure replication and scale, there was an emphasis on generating data and building evidence on driving regular high engagement of students on the EdTech platforms.
Collaboration and building a shared vision is core to BEI’s approach, and the program has successfully leveraged EdTech product experts, entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders to enable effective learning at home through EdTech.
Today, BEI is the largest and one-of-a-kind collective that focuses on driving improvement in learning outcomes through adoption of EdTech solutions.
In the pilot year, BEI has brought together 34 diverse stakeholders from multiple industries including 5 EdTech providers, 9 non-profit organisations, 3 assessment partners and 14 impact funders. In this upcoming year, BEI is poised to work with ~45 organizations to further strengthen the program and build on the gains made in the 1st year.