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AVPN-UNDP Webinar: Strengthening the Capability of Governments to Engage Philanthropic Capital During COVID-19

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Online and Singapore

Date & time

30 September 2020



30 September 2020


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This webinar is the second of a three-part COVID-19 Webinar Series co-organised with the UNDP.

The philanthropic response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the sector at its best. From the launch of community-based rapid-response funds and crowdfunding platforms to the development of diagnostics, philanthropy is showing up both to help flatten the curve in the short term and to address inequities the crisis will exacerbate over the long term. What is striking is not only the scale of philanthropic capital being committed, but also how it is being given: at record speed, with fewer conditions and in greater collaboration with others.

All scales of philanthropic giving have been leveraged during this crisis and the dynamism of the sector has been key to its effectiveness. Adding to this, the rapid transitioning of Islamic capital from traditional charity approaches to more innovative Shariah-compliant fiscal instruments signals a significant capacity to address SDGs that has begun to be tapped into and there remains scope for growth.

While philanthropists have responded to the pandemic with record levels of support, the massive responsibility for leading the recovery of cities still falls primarily on the shoulders of the public sector. Public sector actors that leverage all forms of private sector capital can harness critical resources to invest in more holistic and effective solutions.

Examples of these collaborations need to be more widely replicated for real impact. How can we strengthen the capability for public funding actors to engage philanthropic capital? And how can public funders tap into the potential of faith-based capital to address urgent needs in vulnerable communities? This webinar will cast a spotlight on ways that philanthropic capital has partnered public interventions in emergency response and recovery, and share expert perspectives on the critical factors for success.

Watch the previous webinar in this series on Financing Solutions for Social Protection in COVID-19 Response and Recovery here.

Muhammad Didi Hardiana
Technical Advisor Development Finance,

Muhammad Didi Hardiana or Didi is currently working as Technical Advisor Development Finance in UNDP Indonesia and lead the Innovative Finance Lab (IFLab). The Lab is a new UNDP platform to unlock and leverage new innovative solutions to finance the SDGs in partnership with government and private stakeholders, through various windows, including Islamic Finance, Green Finance, Blended Finance, Impact Investment, etc.He has more than 15 years working experience with development partners and private sectors, in the areas of development finance, climate finance, climate change, monitoring & reporting, and quality and environmental management system.

Joyce Teo
Deputy CEO,
Community Foundation of Singapore

Joyce has close to 20 years of experience in the local non-profit sector with an interest in corporate community investment and philanthropy work. As Deputy CEO of CFS, Joyce oversees the management of philanthropy advisory and grantmaking working with donors and non-profit organisations.Her previous work experience in philanthropy and corporate social responsibility was with Salesforce.com Foundation as well as National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre.

Joyce graduated from the National University of Singapore with a BA Second Class (Upper) Honours degree in Southeast Asian Studies and English Literature.

Prof. Dr. Bambang Sudibyo MBA. CA.

Prof. Dr. Bambang Sudibyo MBA. CA. is the Chairman of BAZNAS. In government, he served as Minister of Finance in 1999-2000, and then Minister of National Education in 2004-2009. He also served as a Member of the 2001-2004 People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR). Dr Sudibyo is also a Professor at Gadjah Mada University (UGM), President Commissioner of PT Ajishaka Andrawina, and a Commissioner of PT BPRS Margi Rizki Bahagia. In addition, he also served as a member of President Habibie’s Special Advisory Team in 1988-1999, Chairman of the Fiscal Decentralization Task Force at the Ministry of Finance 2001-2004, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of PT Pertamina in 1999-2000.

Dr. Sudibyo has been the chairman of BAZNAS since 2015 until now. During his leadership, BAZNAS developed into a zakat institution that is trusted by the people, has innovative programs, and has succeeded in increasing zakat collection by an average of 33.7 percent per year. During his tenure, BAZNAS has received several awards both at the national and international levels. Currently he also serves as the Secretary General of the World Zakat Forum.

Jennifer Chen
Chief Executive,
The Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation

Jennifer transitioned into the world of philanthropy after almost two decades in the finance industry. She is the Chief Executive of the internationally acclaimed Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation and Director of Philanthropic Engagement at Legacy Advisors, a thriving family office in Hong Kong, founded by James Chen.

The Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation takes a venture philanthropy approach to education enhancement programs. In 2020, she founded #BridgeTheGapHK an innovative campaign to bring much needed funding to Hong Kong’s Covid-19 disrupted NGO sector. She also oversees the cornerstone vision initiatives in James’ philanthropic and business portfolio – Adlens and Vision for a Nation.

In 2016, Jennifer was appointed as Asia Lead of CLEARLY. She is also a senior advisor to a number of NGOs dedicated to impactful social change – Bring Me a Book Hong Kong, Social Impact Partners, and the OneSky Foundation.

In 2009, she founded the Otto Wong Brain Tumour Centre at The Chinese University of Hong Kong after the sudden passing of her husband from a ruptured brain tumour. The Centre focuses on research, patient care, surgical developments and treatments.

Jennifer graduated from University of New South Wales with a degree in Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting & Finance.

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