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What does a world-leading framework of charities law look like?

1 Sue Barker 9 February 2021

Although charities have a proud history of catalysing much-needed social change, there is mounting concern that governments might be using newly-minted charities law frameworks as a mechanism to ‘crack down’ on the legitimate activities of …

What is the role of philanthropy in lobbying and policy-making?

Alliance magazine 9 February 2021 For Subscribers

As the global philanthropy sector has grown in complexity, so too has the intersection of philanthropy and law. Ahead of Alliance magazine’s March issue on law and philanthropy, we wanted to understand how the philanthropic …

Why Disaster Tech in Asia holds great potential, and how to scale the field

Natasha Rynjah 3 February 2021

A person who lives in the Asia Pacific region is five times more likely to suffer from disasters than anywhere else in the world. Indeed, the ruin from disaster events is catastrophic: over 500,000 lives …

What does feminist funding really look like?

Lisa Houston, Ginger Norwood, Patrick Pierce and Rebecca Wolsak 1 February 2021

It has almost become a donor mantra: invest in women and girls. But the vast majority of international aid is allocated without a feminist analysis, and that’s a problem. Feminist analysis is about more than …

Tech, strategic philanthropy, and giving trends in India: Philanthropists Nandan and Rohini Nilekani

Alliance magazine 14 January 2021

In a new interview series titled The Business of Philanthropy, Badr Jafar, Emirati philanthropist and Founding Patron of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at the University of Cambridge, speaks with fellow philanthropists Nandan and Rohini …

Philanthropy must invest in tackling non-communicable diseases

Mukul Bhola 8 January 2021

‘We had to ask a trader going across the border to China to buy insulin. This was animal insulin, it was very hard to get and very expensive,’ shared Sai Sam Noon, a 49-year-old public …

Invest in scaling infrastructure, not just products and organisations

Yanni Peng and Warren Ang 4 January 2021

The dominant approach to scaling and replicating impact has been to scale-up one organisation or model at a time – an effective non-profit or intervention is recognised, and resources are given to that non-profit to …

What will it take to prioritise climate change?

Moutushi Sengupta 30 December 2020

From engaging new champions, to promoting local narratives, here’s how we can strengthen action on climate change mitigation. India ranks third in terms of absolute levels of carbon emissions after China and the United States. In a …

Community, access and citizenship: the pandemic and technology

Dr Sarayu Natarajan 28 December 2020

The word access contains a bit of a paradox within – you cannot have access unless you have access! Especially in the context of technology deployed between the state and the citizens, access is impossible …

AVPN launches new podcast “Money Meets Mission”

Alliance magazine 27 December 2020

The Asia Venture Philanthropy Network, the largest social investing community in Asia, has launched a new podcast hosed by its CEO Naina Subberwal Batra that brings in leaders from across the business, philanthropy, and impact …