About the AVPN Knowledge Centre

Social investing ranges from philanthropy over venture philanthropy to impact investing. Within these methodologies, the practices and opportunities vary widely. To help novices as well as seasoned practitioners to maximise impact, the AVPN Knowledge Centre provides insights into practices and opportunities through reports, cases and workshops.

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To help new entrants and seasoned practitioners make sense of available best practices and frameworks and overall increase their ability to create social impact in partnership with their investees, AVPN has developed the Capability Development Model (CDM).

Capability Development Model

The CDM captures five social investing practice areas. Under each area AVPN curates content (workshops, cases, publications, webinars, articles, news, etc.) to help members chose practices to improve their efficiency and effectiveness in creating social impact and solving social issues.

The first step


This is the first step on the journey of social investing. It includes three activities: sourcing, screening (including due diligence) and structuring social investment deals.

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Best practices & approach

Capacity Building

At the heart of social investing is an engaged approach with the funded organisation. Ideally what is provided by the social investor or resource provider matches what is needed by the SPO.

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Measuring social mission

Impact Assessment

Measuring the outputs and outcomes of a social mission are crucial to understand how and if social missions are being achieved.

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Value clarity

Portfolio Management

Crucially, managing a portfolio requires clarity on which SPOs to add and which to exit and how to add value to the portfolio SPOs during their investment period.

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Systematic change

Multi-sector Collaboration

This practice area examines the different collaboration constellations between the social sector and business and government.

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Case studies
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By RS Group

RS Group’s approach involves Investing through a value-based lens so that the Group’s strategy and activities are always in alignment with its mission.

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Shape Effective Practices

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to effective social investment across the world, and certainly not in Asia. The AVPN Knowledge Centre invites you to share your organization’s experience and journey and contribute to what works in practice.

Share Your Own Case Study

We encourage members to share their organization's experience and insights in the 5 practice areas. Write to us

Quick Portrait

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Partner with AVPN

Members can partner with AVPN to conduct surveys or in-depth research to shed light on selected topics. Partner with AVPN

Join Workshop

We encourage members to share their organization's experience and insights in the 5 practice areas. Write to us