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Kordant Philanthropy Advisors;
Interest in impact investments is growing worldwide, with Asia in particular holding great promise for innovation. But who are impact investors and what causes do they support? Which organizations are working in this sector?
Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP) in National University of Singapore, The;
"How philanthropy in Asia will develop in the coming decade matters. Despite
economic progress having lifted millions out of poverty in the last 20 years, one half of Asia's 1.63 billion people live on incomes of less than $2 a day. We don't yet fully understand the impact of the 2008 global financial crisis on Asia, but the Asian Development Bank predicts that the number of poor in nearly half of its 25 developing member countries will increase" (Page 14 - www.bschool.nus.edu.sg/acsep)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP);
Asia and the Pacific has made good progress towards the MDGs, though the region will still need to make greater efforts if it is to meet some important targets. Now it has the opportunity to set its sights higher when considering priorities for a post-2015 framework.
Asian Development Bank;
The Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2014 is the flagship annual statistical publication of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The Key Indicators presents the latest available indicators for the 48 regional ADB members. It contains analyses and statistical tables on the Millennium Development Goals and eight other economic, financial, social, and environmental themes. The Key Indicators also includes a special chapter -- "Poverty in Asia: A Deeper Look" -- that reviews the direction and pace of Asia's poverty
Asian Development Bank;
The report provides insights on the "buy" side of impact investing in Asia, covering insights from investors, financial intermediaries that advise SEs on capital raising, and developers of platforms seeking to connect SEs in the region with impact investors. It seeks to understand what engages investors in impact investing and what their interest in a social stock exchange is like.
Impact Investment Shujog;
This paper was written as part of Shujog Research's Financial Innovation for Poverty Reduction Series. It studies the challenges and gaps in the funding of healthcare provision in Asia, and evaluates several innovative financing solutions that can help countries achieve the goal of universal access to healthcare.
Authored in collaboration with Oxfam, this report analyzes the effectiveness of development programs in addressing the effectiveness of SME agricultural value chains, and dissect whether these interventions would be Social Enterprises (SEs) in agriculture in Asia. The paper makes recommendations for donors and development agencies that seek to support SEs in agriculture.
Much is known about the growth in wealth in Asia over the past few decades. Yet the accompanying transformation of Asian philanthropy remains largely undocumented. UBS and INSEAD investigated the changing face of family giving in the region to shed new light on family philanthropy and support its development.
European Foundation Centre (EFC);
That publication has been released by the FFSC (Funders' Forum on Sustainable Cities), a thematic network of the EFC (European Foundation Centre). It is a collection of short profiles presenting the different priorities, entry points and approaches of twenty foundations working in the urban landscape in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. Despite the diversity of perspectives, there appears to be some similarities in the overall priorities and challenges that accompany them. This initial overview seeks to highlight the many opportunities for foundations to connect with one another in the urban context to share experiences in order to leverage knowledge and maximise their impact.
Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium;
This is an overview of the papers presented by speakers from the 12 Asia-Pacific countries/regions participating in a conference held in 2003 in the Philippines. The overall topic is the participation of civil society organisations in these countries in the governance of society. One major issue is the linkage between the improving governance of societies on the one hand, and the improvement of internal governance and organisational effectiveness of civil bodies, on the other.
Funders for LGBTQ Issues;
A first-ever research report on giving to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) organizations and projects in the Global South and East. The report measures giving by grantmakers -- private, public, bilateral, corporate, individual donors and non-governmental organizations -- around the world to LGBTI efforts in those regions. The report also describes the infrastructure of LGBTI organizations working in the Global South and East.
"Happiness research" studies the correlates of subjective well-being, generally through survey methods. A number of psychologists and social scientists have drawn upon this work recently to argue that the American model of relatively limited government and a dynamic market economy corrodes happiness, whereas Western European and Scandinavian-style social democracies promote it. This paper argues that happiness research in fact poses no threat to the relatively libertarian ideals embodied in the U.S. socioeconomic system. Happiness research is seriously hampered by confusion and disagreement about the definition of its subject as well as the limitations inherent in current measurement techniques. In its present state happiness research cannot be relied on as an authoritative source for empirical information about happiness, which, in any case, is not a simple empirical phenomenon but a cultural and historical moving target. Yet, even if we accept the data of happiness research at face value, few of the alleged redistributive policy implications actually follow from the evidence. The data show that neither higher rates of government redistribution nor lower levels of income inequality make us happier, whereas high levels of economic freedom and high average incomes are among the strongest correlates of subjective well-being. Even if we table the damning charges of questionable science and bad moral philosophy, the American model still comes off a glowing success in terms of happiness.