Breaking Boundaries: Coverage from the 2019 AVPN Annual Conference

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Alliance magazine is proud to have been a media partner at this year’s AVPN Annual Conference in Singapore. Now in its seventh year, the AVPN Conference brought together a diverse group of funders and resource providers from around the globe to take part in the largest gathering of social investors in Asia.

Energy, curiosity and urgent questions on the AVPN agenda

The 2019 AVPN conference in Singapore put its cards firmly on the table from the start.

The focus would be on big themes: education, gender equality, hunger and malnutrition, and climate change – most of all on climate change. From the first session, speaker after speaker reminded us that we only have 15 years in which to reduce greenhouse gas emissions before the effects of climate change become irreversible.

Andrew Milner reports here.

Reader’s poll winner – Creating greater impact in grant-making: Listening to the voice of the beneficiary

Funders are too far away from the end-beneficiaries of their programmes. Hearing what they have to say about them can help refine and improve those programmes. It sounds obvious, doesn’t it? And yet the practice tends to be the exception rather than the rule.

Andrew Milner reports here.

Conference Corner: Kevin Teo, AVPN

We spoke to Kevin Teo, Chief Operating Officer AVPN, to capture his reflections of the conference.

Read Kevin’s Q&A here.

Privatizing failure, socializing success

Day one of the 2019 AVPN Conference opened with a brilliant opening keynote from James Chen, Founder of Clearly, a global campaign which aims to bring clear vision to 2.5 billion people as quickly as possible.

Liz Gillies reports here.

Brave new world

One of the more contestable issues at the conference is the influence of the for-profit sector on the impact agenda.

The Investing in Better Nutrition panel at the end of Day one openly canvassed corporate motivations for partnering on nutrition initiatives and appeared to imply that a for-profit orientation often impeded progress at best and might be exploitative at worst.

Liz Gillies reports here.


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