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Kulsoom Khan Kulsoom Khan

3 min read

In 2020, the pandemic pushed technology to the forefront of our lives. Nonetheless, it also created spaces for new learning and approaches to our work. For non-profits like us who partner with community-based organisations around the world, we had to adapt to new ways of operating to ensure that the voices of grassroots leaders and community members stay at the forefront of our work. Here are some of the lessons that we learnt along the way.

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Brice Hoskin Brice Hoskin

4 min read

Through an iterative process that involved several redesign efforts and hundreds of interviews with Nepali villagers, the Ganesha Cookstove Project created a biomass stove design that is well-loved by villagers across the country.

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Anshu Bhartia Anshu Bhartia

5 min read

A majority of India’s 26.8 million persons with disabilities (PwDs) have faced hardships during the COVID-19 crisis. A WHO health advisory warns how PwDs may be at greater risk of contracting the infection.

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Amanda Kee Amanda Kee

3 min read

What have been some of the most meaningful reflections this year? As we crossed into the new decade, challenges arose unabatedly. They exposed our fragilities, blind spots, and systemic failures. Yet, we have also seen humanity rising to meet the moment, activating communities for action, and walking the talk towards collective impact. 

In our new podcast series, Money Meets Mission, we curated some of the most insightful conversations and lessons learnt from the network. These topics range from hidden pockets of sustainable finance to successful systems change initiatives to embarking on a unique impact investing journey.

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Vivien Sim Vivien Sim

6 min read

To initiate the shift towards a greener economy in a symbiotic manner with the private sector and civil society, governments need to first recognise where its comparative advantages lie and act in those spheres. Through a two-pronged approach, governments can pave a natural transition by creating the right fiscal environment for climate investments.

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Ernest Heng Ernest Heng

4 min read

For investors either looking to invest in or make better investments in climate-smart solutions, AVPN brought together investors and representatives of their portfolio companies to share about their investment journeys. We identified what investors are looking for and how we can forge through challenges together.

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Zahin Hussain Zahin Hussain

4 min read

Given that over half of Bangladesh’s 165 million population is under the age of 35, youth are at the core of Bangladesh’s economic recovery and vitality. One of the country’s prominent development challenges has been providing gainful employment for the 2.1 million young people joining the workforce each year. Not only is the country’s waning garment manufacturing base struggling to absorb the volume, the lack of diverse industries fails to meet the aspirational needs of highly educated young professionals. A promising pathway to nurture the creative potential of Bangladeshi youth is entrepreneurship.

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Annelies Schenk Annelies Schenk

5 min read

Currently, water stress affects more than 2 billion people around the world, a figure that is projected to rise. Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all are essential to human health and to environmental sustainability and economic prosperity.

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Priyaka Dhingra Priyaka Dhingra

5 min read

India ranks low at 129 among 189 countries in UN’s Human Development Index, reflecting the myriad of social issues that need addressing. Whilst not all issues can be quantified to translate social benefit into economic benefits, the ones that can should not hide behind narratives of activity and anecdotal stories.

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Loraine Choo Loraine Choo

5 min read

Only 9% of family offices interviewed in a recent 2020 UBS survey indicated that they currently employ impact investing practices, while 14% stated that they plan to incorporate the social investment approach into their investment strategies in the next five years. This is in stark contrast to exclusion-based investments which currently comprise the highest proportion of family office portfolio management strategies at 30%.

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Anshu Bhartia Anshu Bhartia

4 min read

Social entrepreneurs are unparalleled catalysts of social change. They question critical social issues, find innovative solutions and mobilise resources as well as communities to address pressing problems in the country. Based on the problem at hand, target segment, and their impact vision, they set up NGOs or social enterprises.

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Maxine Avasadanond Maxine Avasadanond

5 min read

In the developed world, accessing credit through banks is the most common method of obtaining financing. Taking out credit cards and mortgages, and applying for loans through these established and regulated institutions allow us the means to enhance our livelihoods by purchasing goods and services we deem contributory to our health, safety and well-being. Most of us meet the requisite criteria set by banks to qualify for financial products (e.g loans, insurance etc.) through the offer of collateral, credit history or salary, allowing them to secure a safety net for themselves during a crisis.

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