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Frontier Brokers Frontier Brokers

4 min read

Impact investment is a growing trend that is strengthening our ability to address the world’s most-pressing issues captured in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through investment directed towards businesses with a social or environmental mission, we are able to “unleash the power of capital for good”, as GIIN states. However there is an estimated annual funding gap of USD 2.5 trillion in order to achieve the SDGs. Impact investment holds the potential to bridge this gap by harnessing private sector investment to scale impact.

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HKelly Shin HKelly Shin

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In 2007, the Korean government kicked off the country’s impact ecosystem by promoting social enterprises and launching the Social Enterprise Certification. After 10 years, the second phase to reform the impact ecosystem began, this time with the private sector and large stakeholders, including corporations, educational institutions, and intermediaries, in mind.

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Sangeetha Watson Sangeetha Watson

5 min read

It is painfully clear that investment for nutrition is not comparable to the scale of the issue at hand. Interventions in nutrition in Asia receive merely an estimated 1% of public sector funding despite the fact that 45% of all child deaths occur as a direct or indirect result of malnutrition. In fact, the triple burden of undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and overnutrition at today’s levels costs the global economy up to US$3.5 trillion annually.  In light of this, it is not only imperative that actors in the space consolidate their efforts to achieve global standards for nutrition but also make room for more private sector engagement.

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Seoyoon Choi Seoyoon Choi

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At the scenic Jeju Island, we curated a group of social purpose organisations that are providing a diverse range of solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental concerns. These solutions are at different stages of funding and provided investment opportunities for funders of varying types and interests.

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Prachi Seth Prachi Seth

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Over 8 billion kilograms of plastic enter the world’s oceans every year. Marine plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental concerns facing the world today. Asia, in particular, has been detrimental to the oceans, with 5 countries – China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam – generating ~60% of this marine plastic waste leakage.

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Naina Subberwal Batra Naina Subberwal Batra

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We are drowning in plastics. Unless we change our behavior, there will be more plastic by weight than fish in the ocean by 2050. Solving this crisis requires us to do more than just banning plastic straws. We need a paradigm shift. We must adopt deep structural changes to our plastic production and consumption patterns in order to move away from the extractive linear model of ‘take, make, use and dispose’ towards a ‘closed-loop’ circular economy – an economy that is intentionally restorative.

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Naina Subberwal Batra Naina Subberwal Batra

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Social investors who partner with policymakers can scale their impact, but finding the right avenues to kickstart conversations is difficult.

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Tim Hanstad Tim Hanstad

5 min read

Are today’s global-development philanthropists the equivalent of Wall Street day traders in a world that needs more patient capital?

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Kristin Siegel Kristin Siegel

4 min read

Impact investors are fueling solutions to the systemic challenges framed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — and they include Asian investments that catalyze solutions to social and environmental problems, finds a new report from Toniic, the global action community for deeper impact investing.

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Naina Subberwal Batra Naina Subberwal Batra

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No one country, group or person can fight climate change solo. Sustainable investing needs an ecosystem where all kinds of capital works together.

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Allison Sanders Allison Sanders

4 min read Based in Thailand, the Baan Dek Foundation provides access to education, health and safety services for 1,500+ vulnerable children every year. These children live in slums and construction site camps, as many of their parents are migrants who have come to Thailand seeking manual labor work. These families live in extremely precarious […]

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Christina Ameln Christina Ameln

6 min read

Measuring impact is hard. Why is this so? Impact means different things to different people. Every different sector – including non-profits, impact investors, foundations and corporations – have differing views on the definition of impact. While these perspectives differ in many ways, a few themes are common.

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