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Atika Benedikta

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The landscape of social entrepreneurship and impact investment in Indonesia keeps evolving. While more are contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), some have become less active or even left our ecosystem. With fragmented information, newcomers (international or domestic) often find it challenging to map out key players in the space.

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Henry Motte-Muñoz Henry Motte-Muñoz

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With a population of 100 million and a $330+ billion GDP growing at 6 percent per year, the Philippines is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Amidst its growth, the developing nation, like others in Southeast Asia, still faces significant challenges, particularly affecting its youth. These challenges include access to relevant, quality education, and paths to sustainable careers.

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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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Diana Chiu Diana Chiu

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Can you imagine moving from a tiny rural village in Vietnam to take a job in a big city? Can you imagine doing it without savings? Without wider family support? Now imagine taking your child with you. The whole point is to find work but who looks after the child? Just how does Vietnam address challenges prompted by urban migration? Its need to find workers for factories? Specifically, how does Vietnam continue to grow AND look after its children?

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Akanksha Rath Akanksha Rath

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As the AVPN 2019 conference was underway, news reports were coming in of over a hundred children dying in Muzaffarnagar, in Bihar, India. Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) was identified as the root cause, with the children showing symptoms of seizures and severe disorientation. Upon investigation, a team from the Indian Medical Association found that malnutrition “contributed substantially” to the epidemic. The numbers are telling – almost 48% of children under five in the state are stunted, which is among the highest in India.

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Lucy Moore Lucy Moore

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It’s hard to imagine a for-profit company that does not incorporate customer feedback into its business model. Whether it’s Apple smoothing out glitches in a software update based on user experience or hotel staff responding to comments posted on TripAdvisor, customer reviews are integral to a company’s success and in turn enhance those customers’ engagement and empowerment.  

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AVPN Deal Share Team AVPN Deal Share Team

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AVPN’s Deal Share Live works hard to deliver high quality pitches and demos from Social Purpose Organisations (SPOs) covering varying markets, geographies and levels of maturity.

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Sharath Jeevan

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Consider global education as a garden. Since 2000, physical access to education has improved greatly, and most kids are now enrolled in school. And we’re planting better and better technical seeds, from reading programmes to adaptive learning software. But outcomes around the world aren’t improving quickly enough, as the motivational soil simply isn’t fertile: teachers have fallen out of love with teaching. Officials have fallen out of love with their teachers. And as a result, children have fallen out of love with learning. No matter how good the access and the technical seeds are, the soil is essential for the garden to grow healthily and sustainably.

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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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Lucy Moore Lucy Moore

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Although AVPN Conference 2019 is over, the discussions and partnerships it inspired have just begun. During the Conference plenary sessions, delegates heard from influential experts who shared their experiences overcoming roadblocks, achieving milestones and pursuing future progress. Here are five key takeaways for philanthropists looking to achieve deeper impact in their work.

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Andrew Milner Andrew Milner

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Funders are too far away from the end-beneficiaries of their programmes. Hearing what they have to say about them can help refine and improve those programmes. It sounds obvious, doesn’t it? And yet the practice tends to be the exception rather than the rule.

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