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Asia has become a sweet spot for investors and businesses globally. Home to over half of the world’s population, the US$31 trillion economy is fuelled by rapid population growth, increasingly tech-savvy consumers, and a growing digital economy. While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions and uncertainty in the economy, technology and impact investors have remained active and taken a more responsible approach into a more ESG driven portfolio.

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The global pandemic has posed major development challenges affecting the lives of millions of people around the world. COVID-19 response measures have curtailed economic activities and placed a growing number of individual’s livelihoods at risk, with many slipping below the poverty line with narrow options for recovery.

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While the pandemic has resulted in disruptions and uncertainty in the market, asset owners, fund managers and impact investors, have remained active and many have undertaken fundraising and investment into a more climate aware portfolio. This event was hosted by AVPN’s Climate Action Platform in partnership with AWR Lloyd Asset Management.

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Since the start of the pandemic, Chinese philanthropists have donated over $250 million towards COVID-19 R&D-related initiatives. This includes funding for R&D around diagnostics, therapeutics as well as the coveted COVID-19 vaccine both within China and abroad. This wave of private donations to health R&D represents a new trend, which has the potential to reshape China’s philanthropic sector and contribute positively to collaborative international efforts.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has upended routines we once considered normal. Overnight, education systems around the world are forced to digitise education as students move towards home-based learning. It is a historic moment in education as we are being made to confront difficult questions and challenge the traditional methods used in the formal schooling experience.

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It is critical for social impact enterprises to understand whether they are ready for investment as part of their fundraising journey. AVPN has been working closely with our members to develop the Social Enterprise (SE) Development toolkit for SEs to acquire a common language investment readiness framework to communicate with funders, while supporting SEs with resources to address their needs.

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The effects of the pandemic are reverberating, with varying degrees of severity, across all the sectors of the Indian economy. As the world prepares for the ‘new normal’ after COVID-19, every stakeholder, needs to take action to adapt to their new reality. It presents an opportunity for the Public sector, Private sector and Civil Society […]

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Aligning a foundation’s endowment with the values, principles and focus areas that guide its grant making brings more opportunity for impact, but barriers remain to understanding, accepting and embarking on this ‘Journey to Impact’. This webinar traced the journey of the Australian Communities Foundation, as it transitioned to 100% responsible investment of its endowment.

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COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global crisis. The crisis has impacted almost every nation. Caught off guard, nations, organizations and sectors are reeling from its impacts  and several small and large organisations are likely to face an existential crisis.

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While India has made tremendous progress strengthening its healthcare system, ensuring access to affordable and quality healthcare to a population of over one billion population remains a challenge. Close to 63% of total health spending in India is out of pocket, depleting savings and leading to catastrophic healthcare expenses that push people into debt and poverty.

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Data has shown that women and girls across Asia and the globe are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Whether it is the exacerbated burdens of unpaid care work on women and girls, or the increasing rates of gender-based violence during quarantine, the gendered impacts of the current pandemic requires an urgent response from funders and philanthropists.

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This session highlighted that many see conventional investing and social impact on different poles but in fact asset owners should consider aligning their full portfolio with their values, leveraging various asset classes to achieve different goals. On one side of this spectrum there is conventional public securities using ESG-integration, then there are impact funds that can offer deeper impact with still competitive risk-adjusted returns, and on the other end of the spectrum there is concessionary capital for social enterprises or more impact-first funds and finally philanthropy which of course would focus only on impact returns with no financial return expected.

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