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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 …

Privatizing failure, socializing success

Liz Gillies 27 June 2019

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 …

Which session at the 2019 AVPN Conference would you most like to read about?

1 Alliance magazine 17 June 2019

As we approach the annual AVPN conference next week, we hope to be able to share the topics and themes from the conference with those who are unable to attend — and hear comments from those …

New report reveals Big Society Capital made £90 million of new commitments in 2018

Alliance magazine 16 June 2019

Big Society Capital has released its latest Annual Review covering the year 2018, revealing £90 million of new commitments were made over the year. Alongside other investors, the organisation has also made £1.7 billion available …

How to build a community that works towards your goals

Asian Venture Philanthropy Network 6 June 2019

Credit Suisse is leading a movement to help social enterprises thrive Challenge Funders and resource providers are often working in silos and unable to find a strong pipeline of investment-ready opportunities. At the same time, …

Pan-African investor network unveiled

Alliance magazine 26 April 2019

The African Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA) was unveiled this month, which has been described as a unique network for social investors to fund innovative organisations tackling the continent’s social, environmental and economic challenges. Headquartered in Nairobi, …

Socrates’ recipe for systems change: know thyself

Priscilla Boiardi and Alessia Gianoncelli 15 April 2019

Systems change calls for more collaboration among public, private and civil society actors. But how can you collaborate if you’re not transparent about your impact, financial returns expectations and how much of a risk you …