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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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Grace Lim Grace Lim

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Investors’ interest in sustainable finance has reached a fever pitch, with the impact investing sector doubling in size over the last 2 years, according to Global Impact Investing Network’s 2019 Report on Sizing the Impact Investing Market. As sustainable finance moves from niche to mainstream markets, it has piqued the interests of MNCs, while policymakers see an opportunity to make greater reforms to harness the financial sector’s power in unlocking the potential of sustainable finance in building a more climate-resilient future.

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Kelly Ong Kelly Ong

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As the COVID-19 pandemic presents one of the most urgent and widespread global challenges today, it is also a defining moment; the efficacy of a country’s response reflects how well-coordinated efforts are across public, private, and people spheres in society. In the current scenario, we discuss how increased joint collaboration between public and private sectors can present plenty of benefits and drive resources to where it is most needed now.

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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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Sangeetha Watson Sangeetha Watson

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Inclusive Business (IB) is a novel concept in Asia, but highly relevant. Aiming to catalyse social impact in a financially viable way, it provides opportunities for private and public sector players to work alongside communities at the bottom of the pyramid (BoP) to enable sustainable livelihoods for all.

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Rachel Chan Rachel Chan

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Policies encouraging the growth of Inclusive Business (IB) models need to complement the state of maturity, readiness and willingness of the larger ecosystem to capitalise on opportunities. In the Philippines, some see the need for strong policy involvement to institutionalise IBs, while others see it as a market-driven process to stimulate IB investment and model creation.

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Rachel Chan Rachel Chan

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Indonesia is poised for continued economic growth, with a steady real GDP growth of 5.1%.  Accompanying this is a critical need to address social and environmental issues brought on by the growing urban-rural divide and resultant income disparity. 

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Naina Subberwal Batra Naina Subberwal Batra

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You may have come across Anand Giridharadas’s razor-sharp critique in ‘Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World’’. In his deeply reflective book, Giridharadas undercuts the ‘do-good’ narratives that the wealthy and privileged – himself included – have been perpetuating. While these systemic challenges cannot be repaired overnight, I see three ways that you may find useful in holding yourself accountable to serve the public good.  

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Naina Subberwal Batra Naina Subberwal Batra

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When I was first approached to become AVPN’s next CEO, I could not be less hesitant. Not only had I not managed a non-profit organization before, but I was also not convinced that a network could ultimately improve lives on the ground. 6 years on, I have witnessed, first-hand, how AVPN can influence mindsets, build communities, change the status quo and have a multiplier effect on the impact that its members can achieve.

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Vipin Yadav

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According to the Brookings Institute recent report, titled “The Promise of Impact Investing in India”, India faces a financial gap of around $564 billion for achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030. The report also mentions that in a survey of social enterprises, 57% identified access to debt or equity as a barrier to growth. 

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Tomoko Kitagawa Tomoko Kitagawa

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In a world where social issues are becoming more intertwined and complex, more resources from different angles are necessary to tackle them. Cross Fields believes that the private and public sectors in Japan can provide that necessary human and intellectual capacity building capital to the social sector. Thus, with the mission, “Make a difference to the society by bridging beyond the border and empowering challengers,” we act as the “bridge” by matching skilled-professionals of Japanese corporates to the specialized needs of Social Purpose Organizations.

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David Kugler David Kugler

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As a human resources professional, I believe that an organization’s most valuable asset is its people – their skills, individual identities, and uniquely lived experiences that employees bring with them when they arrive to work. When these attributes are harnessed, social purpose organizations can increase their impact and work toward solving socio-economic crisis that matter most to them.

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