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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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Panelists addressed the current uncertainty of the recovery trajectory in India and noted that with skyrocketing unemployment and mass urban-rural migration, public-private partnerships and unconventional thinking will be key. ‘The role of government is vital, as is flexible capital and digitisation,’ said Saleem Khan, of The British Asian Trust.

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Despite the widely held belief that impact measurement and management is needed, questions remain: What is considered a “good” impact is highly debatable

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Asia is the largest manufacturing base in the world which has resulted in high carbon emissions

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The Indonesian Vice Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy underlined the attractiveness of Indonesia as the largest impact market in ASEAN. With a culturally diverse population of over 270 million people

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As impact investing is becoming more mainstream across Asia and there are several investors who have been leading this movement.

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In recent years there has been a significant shift towards impact and ESG. The main drivers have been attractive returns

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