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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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While the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clear that there is an upcoming shift to rethink sustainability practices, business models, and investment priorities. With ESG standards being one of the most powerful and globally recognized tools to advance progress in sustainability, it is critical to ensure that we are well-positioned to integrate ESG in our current context.

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The philanthropic response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the sector at its best. From the launch of community-based rapid-response funds and crowdfunding platforms to the development of diagnostics, philanthropy is showing up both to help flatten the curve in the short term and to address inequities the crisis will exacerbate over the long term. What is striking is not only the scale of philanthropic capital being committed, but also how it is being given: at record speed, with fewer conditions and in greater collaboration with others.

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Technological innovations have the capacity to accelerate social impact. They have the power to solve global development challenges across domains such as agriculture, healthcare, education, financial inclusion, and others. Technology has brought real-time information access, localized advice on weather, crops, and rural livelihoods to farmers in remote villages, resulting in overall qualitative development in life […]

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This virtual meeting is the first of our AVPN Mekong Meet-up Series. The Mekong region is one of the most dynamic regions in the world for investors, and one where women play a disproportionately more important role in SME and social investment ecosystems than many investors realize. In this virtual convening we will provide concrete examples […]

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The two biggest challenges women in rural India face are the lack of financial independence as well as lack of say in local governance. Both of these push women towards dependency for access to resources, be it in the family or the public space. Supporting women in rural areas through creating entrepreneurship opportunities, an enabling ecosystem, and systemic capacity building is an effective way of ensuring financial independence for them.

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