An Innovative Approach to Investing in Climate Resilient Economic Growth

There is an urgent need to stimulate private sector investment into areas highly disrupted by climate change, such as food production, water and natural environment, infrastructure, disaster risk management and nature based solutions. Climate finance for these sectors is critical to advance the Sustainable Development Goals, including alleviating poverty and supporting the most vulnerable groups. The question remains: how can we significantly scale up investment into goods and services which build resilience to the effects of climate change?

Can ESG be the Silver Bullet for the Agriculture sector?

Agriculture is one of the world’s largest industries, providing daily sustenance and livelihoods for millions. However, there are growing concerns about agriculture’s contribution to climate change as the sector accounts for over 70% of freshwater use and 23% of greenhouse gas emissions.

Impact Management

Why is impact management not well understood? “These metrics and resources seem to complicate things, more than help in the due diligence process” seems to be a key concern among stakeholders along the value chain, from investors to enterprise to beneficiaries. With impact metrics and outcomes differing across different actors, what the investor thinks as an effective framework may not work as well for the enterprise or beneficiary group.

Investing in Technology to Enhance Impact in a Post-COVID World

Investing in Technology to Enhance Impact in a Post-COVID World

Asian technology enabled businesses are increasingly pivotal to the region’s economic growth and are sought after by investment portfolios around the world. As technology continuously proves itself as a platform with the ability to drive positive global change, the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects have only amplified the value it can bring to both portfolios and impact.

Navigating Philanthropy for the Next Generation

Working in next gen philanthropy is challenging. How does one deal with wrong perceptions, pressure, and proof-of-success? Amira Shah Chhabra, a participant in the Investing for Impact for the Next Generation program, shares her learnings from dealing with everyday limitations and experiencing the calming feeling of belonging.

Social Alpha Champions Investing that Puts Impact First

Impact investing has taken off in India over the past decade. Investors have channeled more than $11 billion into some 600 Indian enterprises aiming to create a positive social and environmental impact alongside financial return. Yet capital still remains scarce for social enterprises that require patient, flexible capital and  expect to generate only modest returns, at least initially. In other words, more investors are needed who are willing to put impact first. 

The Power of Collaboration

The Power of Collaboration

Asia is big, diverse, and complex – and so are its challenges. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us the cracks in economies and the social sector, but the social investment sector has responded unflinchingly to the unfolding crisis in the short term, and is nurturing systemic solutions for the long run. AVPN members have harnessed the strength of their networks to collaboratively pioneer solutions at scale.

Why Philanthropists, NGOs and CSR Must Collaborate With the Government to Augment Vaccination Coverage in India?

Why Philanthropists, NGOs and CSR Must Collaborate With the Government to Augment Vaccination Coverage in India?

It is assuring to see the fall in number of COVID-19 positive cases, and increase in the vaccination coverage. Maharashtra became the first state to fully vaccinate over a crore people and Bhubaneswar became the first city to vaccinate its hundred percent population. Many more such states and districts will accomplish their vaccination coverage goals in the coming months, but learning from India’s ‘Universal Immunization Program’ (UIP) on full immunization coverage (FIC), tells us that all states and districts may not be able to vaccinate their population with the same speed against covid-19 due to the various bottlenecks involved; scarcity of healthcare infra & trained human resources especially in the hard to reach areas, and vaccine hesitancy due to the lack of awareness are some of them.