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Kelly Ong Kelly Ong

5 min read

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the lives of millions around the world with several countries already experiencing a second wave of infections, what started out as a health crisis has not only unearthed fundamental gaps in social protections systems, but also set back global economies.

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John McIntosh John McIntosh

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COVID-19 presents the most significant challenge to global education in a generation. Unprecedented numbers of children are suddenly without access to schooling, while governments are trying to recalibrate how they deliver educational services almost overnight, causing considerable anxiety and stress for children, parents, teachers, school leaders and policymakers.

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Yifei Xu Yifei Xu

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COVID-19 has underscored the importance of public health capacity in the fight against the pandemic and for future recovery. Investing in R&D provides a firm foundation for capacity building in the health sector. Accordingly, China has seen a tremendous increase in private donations toward health R&D since the outbreak. Chinese philanthropists have donated over $250 million to R&D investments in COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics, accounting for an estimated 5-10% of the total private giving in pandemic response, compared to only 1.3% in 2018.

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Regina Rossmann Regina Rossmann

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Advancing gender equality is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To improve women and girls’ access to, and control over, resources and capital, money must move towards projects that integrate gender comprehensively – from design to delivery and assessment.

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Prachi Seth Prachi Seth

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While the pandemic has resulted in disruptions and uncertainty in the market, asset owners, fund managers and impact investors have remained active. Many have undertaken fundraising and investment in a more climate-aware portfolio.

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Ariel Xu Ariel Xu

3 min read

Japan Social Innovation and Foundation (SIIF) plays a key role in building a viable impact investing ecosystem in Japan by providing risk capital and impact management expertise to address pressing social issues, measuring and managing social impact generated by investees, and advocating system and policy changes.

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Pranav Kumar Choudhary Pranav Kumar Choudhary

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Allied and Healthcare Professionals (AHPs) make a significant contribution to the healthcare delivery system. During any health crisis, they are the front warriors who help to scale up healthcare services under the supervision of Doctors and Nurses. Despite a huge demand for their services, this sector is highly fragmented in India mainly due to the absence of a central regulatory authority.

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Pritha Venkatachalam Pritha Venkatachalam

4 min read

An understanding of community engagement models can be illuminating for those working—or aspiring to work—with slum communities in the context of COVID-19. The Bridgespan Group has identified critical ways for policymakers, funders, and practitioners to better engage communities and build back better.

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Komal Sahu Komal Sahu

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Australian Communities Foundation (ACF) has had a vibrant history of community giving. Over the last two decades, the Foundation has provided more than AUD $83 million in grants to improve social, economic, cultural and environmental justice in the country.

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Laura Lee Laura Lee

3 min read

While COVID-19 is impacting everybody, everywhere, eye care is among the health interventions most significantly affected by the pandemic. Like many other “non-urgent” health services, eye health care was suspended in many countries to increase capacity to fight the pandemic.

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Yifei Xu Yifei Xu

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The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted marginalised groups in China, particularly the disabled population of 85 million people. At the moment, advocacy for extra care for the disabled mainly focuses on access to medical care and financial benefits from the government. Little attention has been paid to long-term challenges linked to education and employment, which the pandemic has worsened.

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Erin Sweeney Erin Sweeney

6 min read

Responsible financing models, platforms and activities have skyrocketed in the last few years. Trends show that stocks with sound environmental and social targets may fare better than those without these targets, even in times of crisis. At the basic level, a claim of responsible finance indicates that investments catalyze positive outcomes alongside financial returns. Responsible finance can also help investors reach their sustainable development goal (SDG) targets. In Southeast Asia, there is growing interest in one responsible financing approach that focuses on women’s economic empowerment, often called “gender-lens investing”. Gender-lens investing can have positive impacts on women (and their families’) health, safety, education and livelihoods.

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