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Gender lens investing (GLI) has gained traction globally with an increasing number of mainstream investors incorporating gender-based analysis into their investment decisions. While investing along a gender lens may be more pronounced in the west, the GLI landscape in Asia has shown rapid growth over the past few years. By investing in gender equity, Asia Pacific could see $4.5 trillion added to the annual GDP by 2025.

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Enabling equal participation of women and men in entrepreneurship could lead to a global economic expansion of up to 5 trillion USD. The world of entrepreneurship and investment, however, is still not equally accessible to or inclusive of all genders.

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Recent research has shown that there is an increasing amount of capital available for funds with a gender lens, that gender-balanced funds are outperforming their peers and that gender balanced portfolio companies are receiving increased valuations. Gender-lens investing is gaining traction in the region and is a key strategy for PE/VC firms looking to support a resilient recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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AVPN is delighted to invite you to our first hybrid event held in the post-pandemic reality. The in-person event is being held in Singapore but we wanted to open the invitation for others to join from overseas. The online audience will be engaged through a live stream as well as an interactive Q&A. Please join […]

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India continues to be among the world’s fastest growing economies and has made remarkable progress in poverty reduction and human development, which has generated new aspirations and expectations. To meet business needs and harness the potential of the youngest workforce in the world, India needs to rapidly upgrade relevant skills for its population, including youth, women and marginalized communities.

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While over 1.7 billion adults across the globe lack access to financial services, the increased digitisation and innovation of financial services and a rise in mobile platforms has led to an increase of financial inclusion across Asia. Financial service providers such as Kim An Group and Gopay are working to link MSMEs to credit and connect the unbanked and the underbanked to financial services.

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2020 was a year of transformation, particularly to the healthcare innovation ecosystem. The pandemic has exposed several vulnerabilities in health systems but it has also brought to the forefront immense opportunities for the health tech/MedTech players and innovators. The challenges in scaling indigenous innovations are more systemic and need collaborative approaches with coming together of stakeholders from governments, industry, multilateral, hospitals, foundations, and innovation enablers.

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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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