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?
Even as different countries experience varying degrees of physical lockdown and restrictions from COVID-19
Building Consensus for Impact Management and Measurement in Japan: A Case Study on the Japan Social Innovation and Investment Foundation
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.
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.
AVPN member, Intellecap shared their insights on the Impact investing ecosystem in India, highlighted emerging trends.
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.
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.
Lessons From 3 Social Distancing Campaigns in Vietnam: How Learning Through Play Contributed to Avert a Learning Crisis
Vietnam was one of the first countries to detect local COVID-19 cases in January 2020. The country took decisive action. With remarkable success: in the first 15 months, less than 3000 COVID-19 cases were detected in this country of 98 million citizens – equal to the daily rate of Belgium early 2021.
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.
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.
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.
Among the many lessons learned during this pandemic, COVID-19 has emphasized the need for health equity. Already, we are seeing a disproportionately low distribution of lifesaving resources to low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Nature-based solutions are one of the most efficient and effective tools for climate change mitigation. Not only does nature provide critical resources that all lives depend upon, but it also absorbs up to 50% of carbon dioxide emissions from human activities.
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.