Philanthropy

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The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted marginalised groups in China, particularly the disabled population of 85 million people. At the moment, advocacy for extra care for the disabled mainly focuses on access to medical care and financial benefits from the government. Little attention has been paid to long-term challenges linked to education and employment, which the pandemic has worsened.

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“There’s never been such an existential challenge to the future of the nonprofit sector,” according to Ford Foundation President Darren Walker. This sentiment was echoed consistently by speakers and delegates over the course of the AVPN Virtual Conference 2020 Philanthropy Day, as was the view that the COVID-19 pandemic is placing the philanthropic ecosystem under the magnifying glass from several different perspectives.  

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Andre Shen, founder and CEO of Bridge Consulting in Beijing, argues that COVID-19 could mark a watershed moment for Chinese philanthropy, as donors turn their attention to pharmaceutical research and development.

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To fully empower girls and young women, EMpower’s Country Director for India, Nisha Dhawan, tells us how EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation embraces  “participatory philanthropy”,  anchoring the opportunity for girls to write their own futures through their Girls Advisory Council in India.

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In the midst of this watershed COVID-19 pandemic, companies recognise the reputational risks in ignoring the plight of vulnerable groups such as the minorities and gig workers. Lacking insurance coverage and job security, some 38% of the global workforce or 1.25 billion workers in the affected industries have experienced or are facing imminent job losses, putting renewed pressure on governments and the social services in addressing emerging needs.

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COVID-19 started its spread in Asia and has since become a global pandemic. It is clear that we are facing unprecedented challenges through the widespread disruption to healthcare, financial markets, economy, livelihoods, travel and supply chains. 

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Preventive measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak necessitated a global economic lockdown, prompting abrupt closures of all schools and educational institutions worldwide. As per UNESCO estimates, this has negatively impacted over three-quarters of the world’s roughly 1.5 billion school children impeding their learning and psycho-social development.

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Whether I am speaking with a small social purpose organisation just embarking on its impact journey or leaders of long-established foundations, we always circle back to the same conundrum: how do we allocate limited resources, like philanthropic capital, most effectively so that we do not compromise on one choice over another? Especially, as making a choice often means to allocate to some in lieu of others.

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Against the backdrop of the global epidemic, the COVID-19 outbreak has surfaced global role models whom we can learn from to respond effectively and efficiently to the threat. It has proven that no one-off responses can tackle such unpredictable outbreaks; instead, systemic, collaborative, and long-term efforts are required. As communities step up to tackle this disease, it is an opportune time to reflect on how philanthropy can take proactive steps to prepare for future outbreaks. 

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Two months since coronavirus (COVID-19) first made headlines, over 110,000 people in more than 100 countries have been diagnosed with the virus, and thousands of deaths have been reported. Described as a “once-in-a-century pathogen”, the virus has wiped $50 billion off global exports in February alone.

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It is painfully clear that investment for nutrition is not comparable to the scale of the issue at hand. Interventions in nutrition in Asia receive merely an estimated 1% of public sector funding despite the fact that 45% of all child deaths occur as a direct or indirect result of malnutrition. In fact, the triple burden of undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and overnutrition at today’s levels costs the global economy up to US$3.5 trillion annually.  In light of this, it is not only imperative that actors in the space consolidate their efforts to achieve global standards for nutrition but also make room for more private sector engagement.

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