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What can the social sector learn from Silicon Valley?

Dan Berelowitz 16 August 2019

Silicon Valley is hardly the natural source of inspiration for those aspiring to do good.  Once heralded a beacon of progress, it is now famed more for being the hub of a sinister assault against …


Creating impact that makes sense to funders

Bradley Wo 1 August 2019

At the AVPN Conference last month, more than 1,200 funders and resource providers from across 40 countries gathered in Singapore to learn best practices to address critical impact areas. With collaboration as a central pillar …


Making the most of my AVPN networking experience

Jennifer Louie 25 July 2019

‘Come prepared!’ As the new kid on the block, I did not heed this advice as well as I should have as I embarked on my first annual AVPN conference. As the network rapidly grows …

Building a common narrative or just using buzzwords? What are we talking about when we talk about…

Nadya Hernandez 18 July 2019

What happens when you put 1,200-plus people in the same space for three full days? Somehow the dots start connecting themselves leaving enough room to ask questions, share thoughts and build some common points. After …

Breaking Boundaries: Coverage from the 2019 AVPN Annual Conference

Alliance magazine 9 July 2019

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 …

Listening to the voice of the beneficiary

Andrew Milner 9 July 2019

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 …

Energy, curiosity and urgent questions on the AVPN agenda

Andrew Milner 9 July 2019

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 …

Informal giving in India barely benefitting formal social sector, study finds

Alliance magazine 9 July 2019

Indians gave $5.1 billion to charity in 2017 according to a report just published by Indian non-profit research organisation, Sattva. Only six per cent of this sum, according to Everyday Giving in India, went to …

UK development sector backs India as the global home for impact investing

Alliance magazine 29 June 2019

India’s emergence as a dynamic hub for social enterprise and entrepreneurialism shows it is the best place in the world for impact investing, leading figures in business, government and philanthropy have said, as they gathered …

Brave new world

Liz Gillies 28 June 2019

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 …