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Prachi Seth Prachi Seth

5 min read

Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG), though slow to gain traction, has captured the focus of investors, corporates, and financial institutions in Asia. It is a term that is hailed frequently in the financial sector, but it lacks universal benchmarks and a consensus on how it can be applied practically across different industries.

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Vijaya Balaji Vijaya Balaji

2 min read

When 2020 began, we all looked with anticipation to what the year would bring as we defined the goals and plans for our organisations. However, when the pandemic was unleashed, these plans and goals dissipated immediately. We were unprepared for the sudden changes, which left us confused and uncertain. It called for us to rejig our approach, pushing us to do what was needed now while planning for the few months amidst constant uncertainty looming ahead.

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Anita Toy Anita Toy

2 min read

Aussie philanthropists faced steep barriers to international giving. That is now changing. Australians are among the world’s most generous people. In a year gone haywire punctuated by the bushfire crisis and a pandemic, Australians ranked among the top five givers (behind only Ireland, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada). And giving is still on the rise: in 2018, Australians donated about $3.75 billion to various causes, up eight percent from the previous year.

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Kalyani Prasher Kalyani Prasher

4 min read

India is still home to one-third of the stunted children in the world, and has the highest number of wasted children globally. Stunting impairs cognitive potential and productivity, and wasting, which implies extremely low weight-for-height, is a serious condition that threatens the child’s ability to survive and thrive.

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Prae Sunantaraks Prae Sunantaraks

2 min read

To support the people of Myanmar, initiatives such as AmaAko and a public health scholarship backed by Aung Htun have taken flight. But these individual efforts are not enough – we need more support from the philanthropic community to scale the impact and bring well-targeted aid to Myanmar.

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Sohini Bhattacharya Sohini Bhattacharya

4 min read

Just a month back, before the second wave of COVID-19 reared its ugly head in India, on my first field visit in a year to a small village in Uttar Pradesh, a young girl of 16 was narrating how the lockdown affected all of them in some ways. Rabia (name changed) was saying how her brother, the eldest male member of her family, would beat her, sometimes brutally, at any pretext almost every day during the lockdown. And how her mother would not say a word to the patriarchal family head. It was only when Rabia got her courage up, remembered her lessons from her Taaron ki Toli classes and went and spoke to the village head who came and spoke to the brother, that the ordeal finally stopped.

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Paul Shoemaker Paul Shoemaker

3 min read

Here’s the deal – we are moving into the most inequitable, complex decade the world has faced in nearly 100 years. That complexity is philanthropy’s context and the inequities are the reason philanthropy exists.

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Sue McCabe Sue McCabe

4 min read

Aotearoa New Zealand has escaped the worst impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our country has had comparatively few cases of Covid, and we have only experienced one major lockdown nationwide, although our biggest city Auckland has been more impacted by four lockdowns.

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Athanasia Price Athanasia Price

2 min read

Impact measurement is a topic on everyone’s lips, but how to get started is not always clear – especially when you’re dealing with small organisations and projects.

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Pritha Venkatachalam Pritha Venkatachalam

3 min read

Recent research focusing on India’s nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) is upending conventional funding wisdom. By and large, funders prefer to bolster programmes and restrict most of their contributions from being used on non-programme-related expenses.

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Sonali Manimaran Sonali Manimaran

7 min read

What do the game-changing EU Sustainable Finance Regulations mean for the wider ESG Industry? “The European Green Deal is our new growth strategy – for a growth that gives back more than it takes away. It shows how to transform our way of living and working, of producing and consuming”. These were the sentiments expressed by European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, when she introduced the European Green Deal in late 2019, a roadmap for the regional bloc to transition to a more sustainable economy.

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Liz McGuffee Liz McGuffee

3 min read

As wealth grows in Asia, so is philanthropic giving from within the region. And yet a recent report by the Lien Center for Social Innovation revealed the seeming lack of focus of philanthropic capital towards gender equality and SDG5. In examining trends in gender philanthropy across three Asian countries (China, India and Indonesia), the report identified growth opportunities for philanthropic entities across the region, including transnational approaches, strategic and collaborative giving, and talent and capacity building.

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