FAQs on AVPN’s Social Investment Toolkit in Asia


January 3, 2018

Co-Author: Martina Mettgenberg-Lemiere

Quick Links:

1. Why the toolkit and what is it for?

There has been an increased interest in cross-border and cross-sectoral social investment in Asia. As such, the toolkit is a resource for social investors and resource providers – both new and existing – to assess opportunities and challenges for philanthropy and social investment in Asia.

The decision-making toolkit is also an important approach to furthering AVPN’s mission to increase the flow of financial, human and intellectual capital to the Asian social sector; it not only allows for customisation to your specific needs, but also provides analytical deep dives into specific causes and sectors, based on your interests.

2. How was the toolkit put together?

It was a combination of primary, secondary research and AVPN’s offerings such as the Deal Share Platform and case studies.  Quantitative data from World Bank, WEF, CAF, Bertelsmann Stiftung-Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and qualitative data from secondary sources and primary interviews were also used.

We put together a framework to understand key actors, factors and characteristics of each social economy, before assigning scores to key factors of all 14 social economies to better assist decision-making. Ultimately, the toolkit was built to be interactive and highly customisable by enabling cross-economy and cross-sectoral comparison.

3. I am starting with social investing – what do I do first?


  • Read in-depth reports by clicking on each social economy here.

  • Compare between 2 social economies to evaluate investment opportunities

4. I’m a seasoned social investor – how does this toolkit help me?

Considering where to invest?

  • Get a comparative overview of the 14 Asian social economies here, or compare 2 social economies here.
  • For more in-depth reports, read the individual social economies here.

Considering which cause(s) to invest in?

Get a comparative overview of SDG progress in the 14 economies here, or view the economy-specific SDG dashboard in the full report. You can also see how different economies fare for a particular SDG by filtering accordingly.

Looking to complement governments’ efforts or address existing gaps?

Visit specific economies to filter for ‘Government focus on development gaps’ to find out which sectors (agriculture, education, health etc.) policymakers are focusing on.

Example: Cambodia’s fact file, which allows you to filter for “Government Focus on Development Gaps” through our tabs at the top of the screen.
Example: A list of development areas that the government sector in Cambodia is focusing on.

Looking for partners?

Visit specific economies to filter  for ‘Social Economy’ to search for notable investors and enablers in the specific 14 social economies.

Example: A list of key players in Malaysia

Looking for investment opportunities?

List and support deals on our Deal Share Platform to increase visibility of your work and potentially collaborate with fellow members or Social Purpose Organisations (SPOs).
  • Read our case studies for key actors’ portraits and practices.

5. I’m a resource provider. How can I benefit from the toolkit?

Compare economic contexts across 14 social economies, from GDP growth to governance to labour force, and more. Hover over each statistic for a short explanation of its implications.
  • Read economy reports for contextual understanding of trends, ecosystem, legislative environment, opportunities, challenges and recommendations.
Example: click on “Singapore” on the “14 Social Economies” interactive map to take a deep dive into Singapore’s fact file, economic context (see image above), SDG dashboard, and more!
  • Identify potential partners in the ‘Social Economy’ section.
Example: Filter for various stakeholders in Singapore’s social economy – from SPOs to funders to enablers – to find out how key players are contributing to social impact.
  • Identify opportunities to support non-profits and social enterprises through our Deal Share Platform.
Example: To find deals in Singapore to invest or support, scroll to the “Social Economy” section at the bottom of the page.

6. Will the toolkit be updated in the future?

The tool will be updated when new data and insights come in, and when there are major developments in the 14 social economies.

7. How do I provide feedback?

We welcome your feedback and suggestions for improvements. Please write to us at knowledge@avpn.asia.





About Author
Anh Nguyen
Anh Nguyen Knowledge Manager AVPN

Anh Nguyen is Knowledge Manager at AVPN.

She brings into the role her passion for inclusive and sustainable economic growth and diverse experience in finance, academia and non-profit. Most recently, Anh was a Research Fellow at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS), where she co-authored two books on competitiveness analysis for ASEAN economies, a journal paper on economic development models for Singapore and Malaysia and an editorial opinion on Vietnam for the Strait Times. Prior to that, Anh worked as a Research Intern at the Mekong Institute in Khon Kaen, Thailand, an intergovernmental organization that implements capacity building programs for countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. In addition, she had worked at Bloomberg L.P., OCBC and DBS.

Anh holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA (Hons) in Economics from Nanyang Technological University.