Growing Social Investment in East & Southeast Asia:
Insights from Frontline Practitioners
The Asian Social Investment Community Report by Change Fusion Institute, Thailand, outlines the critical gaps prohibiting the growth of social investment in the region, and identifies concrete solutions to addressing those gaps. The report is a product of a mapping study, including, surveys and interviews with the region’s experts and a synthesis of expert discussion at the Asian Social Investment Community Workshop, which was co-hosted by Change Fusion and The Rockefeller Foundation in May 2012.
India NGO Awards 2012
Neelam Makhijani, Chief Executive, The Resource Alliance and Ashvin Dayal, Managing Director of The Rockefeller Foundation Asia with award recipients
The Rockefeller Foundation supports the India NGO Awards for the Third year. We continue to see value the awards bring to local NGOs and the civil society sector as a whole. These Awards are an extremely important effort to promote professional and ethical standards. By encouraging an accountable and effective nonprofit sector, we hope to see the emergence of more trust and a diverse range of effective partnerships between stakeholders.
Thailand NGO Awards 2012
Ashvin Dayal, Managing Director of The Rockefeller Foundation Asia, gave opening remarks at the Thailand NGO Awards on May 3, 2012. The awards are organized by the Kenan Institute Asia (K.I.Asia), the local partner of our grantee, Resource Alliance, UK. The awards were created to advance the country’s non-profit sector by promoting financial sustainability and strengthening community support of civil society.
San-kranti Student Challenge
The San-kranti Student Challenge, a contest managed by the Indian Institute for Human Settlement, actively engages Indian youth with their cities and encourages emerging leaders to shape its course. The top three teams are awarded a grant to implement their proposed solutions.
Photo: Patrick de Noirmont
In many Asian countries, especially during the past three decades, we have seen unprecedented advances. Poverty has been reduced. Health care has improved. Education has been strengthened. With these advances has also come a tremendous shift in the region’s economic structure and population distribution, with 60% of global population growth during the next 30 years expected to occur in Asia’s cities.
These changes have been driven by a combination of forces: a rapid expansion of economic opportunity, political will, increased civic engagement, and greater innovation and dynamism across many fields. The private sector, academia, and the sciences, along with the Rockefeller Foundation and other philanthropic institutions, have all contributed to these transformations. But there is also another Asia. Hundreds of millions of people have been left out of the positive picture.
Asia accounts for nearly 50% of the world’s poorest people (those living on less than a dollar a day), according to the World Bank.
Along with unstable and uneven progress toward good governance, the fact that so many millions are falling through the cracks is increasingly because some of the world’s most acute climate hotspots are found in Asia. Water supplies are threatened. Despite major improvements in food production, unequal access and distribution leaves millions still hungry. Health and safety are precarious for too many, in both rural and urban areas. Even rapidly developing countries, such as Thailand and Vietnam, remain especially vulnerable to natural disasters, economic shocks, and global volatility.