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A global pandemic, an economic crisis: What can foundations, philanthropists, and funders do?

Julia Unwin 30 June 2020

We always knew that this would be a precarious time. Countless commentators in the last five years have predicted economic volatility, climate chaos, cyber attacks and yes, the risks of a global pandemic. To believe …


Benban solar park in Egypt receives $4 billion in funding

Alliance magazine 25 June 2020

Egypt’s Benban park, a 37 square kilometre solar park in Aswan desert with over seven million photovoltaic panels, has received $4 billion in funding from thirty international infrastructure developers. Among the investors is infrastructure fund …


If this crisis is an opportunity, how do we seize it? – Part 2

Harvey Koh and Laura Amaya 20 June 2020

In our previous blog, we explained that crises help to create windows of opportunity for systemic change, and that the interplay of innovations across both business models and practices, and market rules, have helped to …

If this crisis is an opportunity, how do we seize it? – Part 1

Harvey Koh and Laura Amaya 18 June 2020

As we write this, the world is reeling from a calamitous health and economic crisis due to COVID-19. Infection numbers continue to climb, as is, tragically, the death toll from the disease. The economic impacts …

Africa’s Business Heroes prize competition launched by Jack Ma Foundation

Alliance magazine 17 June 2020

The Jack Ma Foundation has launched its ‘Africa’s Business Heroes’ prize competition for the second year in a row. The competition is organised by the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative, the Jack Ma’s flagship philanthropic programme …

#AVPN2020: Harnessing the power of networks for good

Alliance magazine 16 June 2020

The 8th annual AVPN Conference focused on the impact that networks can bring to scale solutions and advance global agendas. The virtual conference explored themes such as gender, climate action, nutrition and health, with a …

If not now, when?

Andrew Milner 16 June 2020

The power of networks was the official theme of AVPN’s virtual 2020 conference, but, inevitably there was another theme too – the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has torn up our intellectual maps and …

Philanthropy’s superpower!

Catherine Brown 16 June 2020

The session on Funding Systems Change in Asia was a powerful call to action for philanthropy to provide more risk capital to test and develop solutions to tough social and environmental challenges, with real potential …

Strategically leveraging corporate resources for social impact

Amy McGoldrick 16 June 2020

Last week AVPN held their 8th Annual Conference, this time entirely virtually, and Alliance asked our readers in a poll for the session you’d like to hear most about. The winner was ‘Strategically leveraging corporate …

AVPN creates new Gender Platform for members

Alliance magazine 16 June 2020

The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) has announced during its 8th annual conference that they have released their Gender Platform. This will allow for social investors to learn how to include a gender lens in …