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As consumers increasingly demand that corporates demonstrate leadership and responsibility in social and environmental issues, corporates are paying heed and responding by becoming increasingly sophisticated in their impact strategies. They are not doing this alone. By leveraging appropriate partnerships, corporates are able to contribute to social issues, identify appropriate projects and develop a coherent theory of change to connect their various impact projects. Intermediaries are increasingly becoming such ideal partners, evolving to address investment needs expressed by corporates who are intent on growing their impact through the social economy.

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The COVID pandemic has forced millions of daily wagers and low-wage gig workers to return to their villages stretching the frail rural livelihoods sector to its limits. This will soon force the workers to eventually return to the urban areas for work or remain in a life of perpetual penury. The rural to urban migration can be mitigated If better skilling opportunities are made accessible and contextualized to the demand in local communities.

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In partnership with Singtel, AVPN is pleased to invite you to join us for our upcoming Virtual Deal Share Live to showcase five finalists of the Singtel Future Makers Programme with a focus on leveraging technology and data to unleash social impact in the areas of Ageing (GenConnects), Health (Senzehub, Wiz.Ai), Financial Inclusion/ Employability (TicTag, Fairmarch).

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Increasingly, investors are moving capital towards value creation for “all stakeholders, not just shareholders”, seeking positive returns that are not only financial but also environmental and social. Against this backdrop, various impact measurement metrics have been developed and adopted, allowing investors to monitor and report their impact under standardized frameworks.

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While the Philippines comes second place among East Asia and the Pacific region in gender parity as reported by the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Gender Gap Index report, much more needs to be done. In partnership with Investing In Women, this session focuses on uplifting women-founded/led enterprises with the aim of further narrowing the gender gap in economic participation and opportunity through Gender Lens Investing.

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Join this interactive workshop and explore what Gender Lens Investing is and how we can apply this to practice. Through practical examples and case studies of its application in impact portfolios, learn how advancing gender inclusion can simultaneously enhance business performance and promote social outcomes.

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Less than 1% of water sources on earth is available for human consumption. Water scarcity is amongst the most serious and threatening issues facing the world today, jeopardizing our food and water security systems, destabilizing agricultural economies and communities, and reversing decades of developmental progress overall. As the effects of climate change become stronger, these challenges will be further exacerbated.

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Before COVID-19 swept through the world, the Asian social investment ecosystem that supports economic empowerment was maturing yet growth was uneven. The impact investment sector remained relatively underfunded and access to financing for entrepreneurs, particularly women entrepreneurs, was difficult. Post COVID-19, there is an imperative for the sector to bridge this gap in order to realise the full potential of these organisations.

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While the world is still reeling from the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, there is a growing vision to build back better into a greener economy and to decarbonise the planet. This response to climate change is no longer the ‘right thing to do’ but an imperative in creating a sustainable future, placing an incentive for investors to include climate-smart solutions into their portfolio.

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The COVID-19 crisis is an enormous challenge to economies and societies across the world, but it must not derail global efforts to limit warming to well-below 2°C. Forthcoming stimulus packages governments design to shore up their countries’ economies must orient investment towards sectors and technologies that can accelerate the transition towards a low carbon future and improve resilience to future shocks from climate change.

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As India continues to grapple with the pandemic that has sent millions of migrant workers back to rural villages, extreme poverty and inequality threaten an entire generation. Can rural entrepreneurship be the key to resilience in rural India? Can smallholder agriculture be made profitable enough to stop rural migrants from returning to the cities for their livelihoods?

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As per WHO, 15% of the world’s population has some or the other form of disability. India alone has 26.8 million persons with disabilities as per Census 2011 which is 2.21% of the total population. People with disabilities face many challenges, starting from early education to employment to gaining respect in the society. Low education and skills results in just 0.1% getting linked to stable jobs. This has a negative impact of 5-7% on country’s GDP, according to ILO.

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