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Jeannette Gurung Jeannette Gurung

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Global frameworks for climate action, including but not limited to the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, have recognized that they must respect and promote gender equality and women’s rights to be effective and truly transformative. This requires climate finance architecture to be gender-responsive and inclusive to take into account solutions that individuals and organizations that have knowledge about gender and are working toward gender equality.

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Akanksha Sharma Akanksha Sharma

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With only a decade left to the agreed deadline for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, it will be of utmost importance for corporates to align business interests more closely with the standards of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) sustainability.

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Sanchita Talukdar Sanchita Talukdar

5 min read

Designed around dedicated impact themes to mobilize capital where it is most needed, AVPN’s 8th Annual Conference and its first carbon-neutral, virtual convening brought together more than 7000 people amidst the unsettling backdrop of the “Great Lockdown”. The well moderated discussions galvanized a clarion call for collaborative action by governments and businesses to prioritise climate action and sustainable investments as an imperative for building economic and social resilience to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

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Jennifer Louie Jennifer Louie

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Since joining Nexus for Development (Nexus) in 2018, one of my key focus areas has been to lead the fundraising activities for the Pioneer Facility – a debt facility which finances growth-stage clean energy and water enterprises across Southeast Asia. The facility was launched during a time when few players in the market were willing to take the risk of lending to smaller companies, especially those with limited track record and credit history.

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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

4 min read

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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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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November 15, 2019

Meet Pai!

Sangeetha Watson Sangeetha Watson

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He uses sustainable tourism as a tool for community development and empowerment across communities who would otherwise have been exploited by the unforgiving tourism industry.

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Faye Goh Faye Goh

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Ecodoe provides a platform for Indonesian creators to access the fast-growing souvenir market. She shares her journey and how conversations with widowed women living at the BoP led her to set up an e-commerce platform that has helped to grow their incomes & many others by over 600%.

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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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Andrew Milner Andrew Milner

20 min read

The 2019 AVPN conference in Singapore put its cards firmly on the table from the start. The focus would be on big themes: education, gender equality, hunger and malnutrition, and climate change – most of all on climate change. From the first session, speaker after speaker reminded us that we only have 15 years in which to reduce greenhouse gas emissions before the effects of climate change become irreversible.

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Christina Ameln Christina Ameln

5 min read

These are all synonyms for the word ‘impact’. In simple terms, to make an impact is to make an impression. In social impact terms, it is to make a lasting impression on social and environmental issues that are important to communities. Making an impact is a key component of corporate social responsibility (CSR) engagements that corporations use to seek to ensure sustainable models of change. And rightly so. If corporates pursue social impact without jolting, knocking, impressing, influencing or swaying the communities in which they work, how much difference can they hope to make?

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