AVPN 2020 | How Will COVID-19 Affect the Outlook for Impact Investment in Southeast Asia


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Session Highlights:

  • Even as different countries experience varying degrees of physical lockdown and restrictions from COVID-19, the repercussions on corporate liquidity will pose major challenges for funds and businesses alike.
  • COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on minorities and underprivileged communities. Panelists believe this magnifies the need to focus on gender lens investing (GLI), which would prioritize the needs of women and women-led businesses.
  • Investors on the panel pointed to blended finance innovations as an effective tool to attract a broader pool of capital by fulfilling both returns-driven and impact-driven objectives.

Session Description:

    Spaces are limited and you are encouraged to log in early for this session. If you are unable to join via Adobe Connect, please choose the Zoom option. Your questions will be passed through to the moderator.

    Explore how COVID-19 will impact the availability of funding for impact investor in Southeast Asia that are typically dependant on capital from more developed economies.

    Through a lively ‘fireside debate’ between an LP and GP, we will look at the business case for impact investing in the region and consider compelling opportunities despite the current climate.

    This will be followed by a showcase of 2 innovative and accomplished fund managers who are active in the market and will share information on how they are deploying their capital for social, as well as financial, returns. This promises to be an interactive session and delegates will have the opportunity to engage directly with the fund managers.

    This session will be of particular interest to investors who are deploying capital in the region as well as those considering doing so. It will also be of interest to GPs, Impact Funds, Intermediaries and Corporates who are interested in impact investing and applying a gender lens to their investments.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Business case for impact investing in the region despite the challenging environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Two key funds operating in the region and the reasons behind their success
  • The financial and social return possible from applying a gender lens to your portfolio


A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

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