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Public-Private Partnerships for Social Good: Rethinking PPPs

July 2, 2021

There is a growing trend in Asia of governments and the private sector coming together to address social needs, and our latest study spotlights these "public-private partnerships for social good." With 88% of top business leaders in Asia believing such partnerships will become even more common over the next five years, it is more important than ever to understand what they are and how they work. This study conducted an in-depth analysis of 20 notable PPPs for social good spanning 11 Asian economies and 9 sectors to find out. The report showcases why this trend is taking root, what best-in-class PPPs for social good look like, and how they maximize impact.Read on to learn more about the 6 strategies that enable public-private partnerships for social good to achieve greater impact, how they can prepare for sustainability, and how they can navigate risks.

Asia-Pacific; Impact investment, corporate, blended-finance

Digitalization of the non-profit sector: readiness, barriers and effects

June 3, 2021

The goal of the study is to identify digital practices, key barriers and incentives for the digitalization of Russian NGOs. The objectives of the study are: form an inventory of digitalization practices amongst Russian NGOs and assess their prevalence; identify key barriers to digital adoption and integration in NGO operations, including in terms of staff digital competency and NGOs' resource capabilities; identify the existence and nature of the effects of digitalization practices on individual aspects of the organization; identify the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the digitalization of NGOs; compile an inventory of best digital practices for NGOs (including by organization size and activity area) anddevelop recommendations for digitalization of the non-profit sector.

Asia-Pacific; Data and technology, Information and Communications; Europe

Why we need to invest in the infrastructure for scaling, not just the product or organisation being scaled

December 9, 2020

The dominant approach to scaling and replicating impact has been to scale-up one organisation or model at a time. Warren Ang, founder and Managing Director of GDI's East Asia office and Yanni Peng, CEO of Narada Foundation argue that more investment needs to be made in the infrastructure for scaling up, not just in the product or organisation being replicated.

Asia-Pacific; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

Philanthropic giving behaviors and attitudes in South Korea

November 30, 2020

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy has been conducting the Global Philanthropy Tracker study every two years to measure the flow of charitable giving across countries. The Beautiful Foundation became a partner in the project in 2019 to provide information on Korea's cross-border giving.This report was written jointly by The Center on Philanthropy at The Beautiful Foundation and Dr. Sung-Ju Kim, assistant professor of social work at North Carolina State University.For the full report of the 2020 Global Philanthropy Tracker, please go to* The data for this report were provided by Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation (KCOC) and GuideStar Korea.ContentThe philanthropic giving environment in South KoreaInformation on philanthropic giving in South Korea, including the amounts, sources, and uses of domestic philanthropic contributionsNew forms of philanthropyFuture trends in the philanthropic landscapeKey recommendations to improve the environment for philanthropy

Asia-Pacific; Cultures of Giving

Impact Investing in Asia: Overcoming Barriers to Scale

October 1, 2019

Impact Investing in Asia: Overcoming Barriers to ScaleWhile the Asian social investment ecosystem is maturing, growth is uneven and impact investment remains less developed here compared to the rest of the world. As a result, the impact investing industry in Asia remains less understood compared to its counterparts elsewhere.Against this backdrop, AVPN and GIIN have collaborated with Oliver Wyman and Marsh & McLennan Insights to explore the current characteristics of impact investing in the region, with special focus on China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and the Philippines. This report captures the experiences and insights of stakeholders from the AVPN network who serve different roles within the broad impact investment ecosystem in Asia.Impact Investing in Asia: Overcoming Barriers to Scale serves as a resource for impact investors and other key stakeholders in Asia to better understand the growing industry within a regional context while providing key recommendations to develop the ecosystem further.For more information about AVPN:

Asia-Pacific; Impact investment, corporate, blended-finance

Everyday Giving in India: Harnessing the potential of a billion givers for social impact

April 30, 2019

From September 2018 to April 2019, Sattva undertook a first-of-its-kind study on the everyday giving ecosystem in India, with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies. The study does a comprehensive mapping of the giving ecosystem, including the givers, the NGOs that engage with retail givers, online and offline giving channels, and the enabling ecosystem, their practices, successes and barriers, and provides actionable recommendations into unlocking more potential from India's everyday giver.

Asia-Pacific; Cultures of Giving

Philanthropy in China

April 8, 2019

Philanthropy in China today is expanding and evolving rapidly. This report presents an overview of the philanthropy ecosystem in China by reviewing existing knowledge and drawing insights from influential practitioners. It also provides an analysis of the key trends, opportunities as well as a set of recommendations for funders and resource providers who are inspired to catalyze a more vibrant and impactful philanthropy ecosystem in China.

Asia-Pacific; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

Grassroots Giving, Philanthropy and Identity, Singapore 1919-1959: Philanthropy in Asia: Working Paper No. 6

March 31, 2019

This exploratory paper examines giving and philanthropy in Singapore's grassroots community when the "Pioneer Generation" was young.Follow their journey from settling in Singapore, struggling through the Japanese Occupation, and onwards to building a new Singapore just before nationhood.With little money and many mouths to feed, pioneers and their parents still gave generously. They helped families in their old homelands survive while building new communities in Singapore. How did they manage?Join ACSEP Senior Research Associate Yu-lin Ooi for a discussion on the place of giving in Singapore's traditional Asian societies; how it is deeply embedded in our sense of self; and how philanthropy became part of grassroots life in Singapore.

Asia-Pacific; Grassroots and community philanthropy

Exploring Family Philanthropy in Singapore

January 30, 2019

This study explores family philanthropy in Singapore, as practiced through the family foundation. Throughout the documented history of Singapore, private philanthropy has played an important role. This study looks into why some philanthropists decided to institutionalize their giving by setting up and funding a private family foundation, and how they go about their different ways of expressing and sustaining their philanthropy.

Asia-Pacific; Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy


November 1, 2018

This report examines the current state of philanthropic activity in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. While there is a growing body of research on Central Asia's non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the development of the so-called 'third sector', little formal research is available on the culture and practice of philanthropy and charity in the region. The existing literature demonstrates that charitable activities in these countries take a number of forms, ranging from smallscale volunteer initiatives to nationwide campaigns supported by the private sector.

Asia-Pacific; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

Philanthropy in Asia: Working Paper No.4 The Emergence of Chinese Women Philanthropists in Singapore, 1900-1945: The Sisterhoods of the "Sor Hei"

October 1, 2018

In the late 19th century, an extraordinary cohort of unmarried women left their native Chinese shores in groups called sisterhoods, to boldly carve out a life for themselves in distant lands. They did this to earn their own money and be mistresses of their own fates.Many of these brave women were determined not to be forced into marriage and while remaining celibate became Sor Hei, meaning "those who bun up their hair" (the hallmark of married women). In sworn sisterhoods, the Sor Hei found work in the British colonies of Singapore and Hong Kong and became icons in Singapore social history as Samsui por (construction workers) and Amahs (domestic helpers).This paper briefly examines how these humble women broke new economic and social ground for Chinese women. It explains why they left Canton to live in the British colonies, and how they survived in these alien lands. It also examines the social constructs and networks that they evolved for their own community, as single women living within larger overseas Chinese migrant groups. We also trace how their financial independence enabled them to become among the first Chinese women diaspora philanthropists.

Asia-Pacific; Gender and Philanthropy

Going beyond Charity: How can Government and Philanthropy collaborate more effectively?

April 19, 2018

APC has compiled the narratives of 25 such impactful philanthropists from across the region to form ASEAN Impact 25: a catalogue that  outlines the overall impact of their efforts, the motivations that drive their philanthropic work and the milestones they have set for their philanthropy in the coming years. Our hope is that these stories will encourage fellow philanthropists to introspect on their own journey, take risks, create unique opportunities to make a difference and redefine traditional philanthropy.

Asia-Pacific; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure; Trends and innovations (#NextPhilanthropy)

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