Why a Green Paper on Effective Public-Philanthropic Collaboration in ASEAN?

As social problems becoming increasingly complex, APC believes that more can be done if governments and philanthropists work in concert. There is value in coming together to align goals and harness each other’s unique strengths. This would leverage the collective intelligence and capacity for better social outcomes.   The Green Paper on Effective Public-Philanthropic Collaboration in ASEAN is a first attempt to draw attention to the benefits of governments and philanthropists working together for social good. It examines the current public-philanthropic landscape in ASEAN and suggests practical ways that governments and philanthropists can work together in the near to long…

ASEAN Philanthropy Dialogue: How can Government and Philanthropy collaborate more effectively?

by Atikah Amalina Philanthropists and government officials need to do more to build mutual trust and to align vision and strategies, in order to reap the synergies from public-philanthropic collaboration (PPC). Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) members, ASEAN ministers and senior officials, and the ASEAN Secretariat discussed this and more at the inaugural ASEAN Philanthropy Dialogue in Singapore on 21 March 2018. Hosted by APC and part of the fringe events accompanying Singapore’s ASEAN chairmanship, the Dialogue provided a platform for active discussion on PPC in growing social impact jointly. The benefits of PPC and the various modalities of its engagement…

Indonesian social entrepreneur on micro-hydropower wins inaugural ASEAN Social Impact Awards

by Atikah Amalina The inaugural ASEAN Social Impact Awards culminated in the awards presentation on 21 March 2018 at the Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore. Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) members, ASEAN ministers, senior officials, and other philanthropists and social sector leaders gathered to celebrate and highlight the power of social entrepreneurs and the positive transformational changes they can make to the communities they serve. Six award finalists, who were chosen out of 160 applications, had the opportunity to showcase their work at the event. Stanley Tan, Chairman of APC and the awards committee, opened the ceremony with a call for…

The Global Landscape of Philanthropy report by WINGS

Read the full report here and share your thoughts with us! From a description of various forms of individual giving to the growing importance of community philanthropy and structured, institutional giving, the current report is an effort to bring back the diversity of the field of philanthropy at the center of the debate, by drawing a comprehensive and provocative picture of current trends and challenges of the field. The report also raises some of the questions and issues most critical and central to its development – from technology and shrinking civic space to power dynamics within philanthropy practice and concepts, to the…

Launch of APC’s First Project in Malaysia: Catalysing School Leadership

by Wei Kong Conceived as a principal leadership development initiative at venn2015, APC went on to catalyse what became Global School Leaders (GSL) Malaysia, which is championed by APC member, Kathleen Chew (YTL Foundation), and with support from APC member, Chew Kwee San (Tan Chin Tuan Foundation), and partner, Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad. If it takes a village to raise a child, then bringing up GSL Malaysia has been the focus and efforts of hearts and minds spanning countries, communities, multiple disciplines, and government support to prepare the pioneering batch of 25 schools and 75 school leaders to start their…

Bridging the Talent Gap – APC Lays the First Research Brick in South East Asia

By Kwan Jinyao That good talents make an organisation sounds like a tired truism, and in the philanthropy and social sector too organisations are cognisant that they need to assemble a team of professionals with expertise and interest so as to implement and fulfil their philanthropic aspirations.  Yet there appears to be a mismatch: Potential candidates (or “the supply”) are reporting challenges in the recruitment, integration, and retention phases, while the philanthropic organisations (or “the demand”) have had difficulties identifying these talents at the senior level. Defining the key characteristics of what makes a leader in this sector What has…

Mapping the Philippines Education Sector for Collaborative Impact

by Mijail Santos Lujan  In the search for catalysing sustainable impact in the Philippines’ education sector, Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC), Ayala Foundation, and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (LKYSPP), have joined forces to develop an Education Giving Guide that will assist philanthropic efforts in the sector.  This Giving Guide was inspired by a report conducted by APC members in Indonesia: Catalysing Productive Livelihood, which was launched on 5 December 2017.  (To learn more about it, please visit https://www.asiaphilanthropycircle.org/edu-giving-guide-indonesia/). The team conducting this project understands that education is critical to improve economic and social…

The SDGs: A call to collective action

by Myles Wickstead *This article by Myles Wickstead was originally published by Alliance magazine on 28 November 2017. The original article can be found here. For more philanthropy coverage, please visit www.alliancemagazine.org. The SDGs are universal – they apply everywhere and to everyone. So where does philanthropy come in? Let’s begin with a bit of history. The broad framework for aid and development from 2000 to 2015 was governed by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – essentially a compact, though not a formal agreement – whereby the developing countries would put in place the conditions to achieve a number of Goals, mainly around basic health…

Indonesia Education Giving Guide: Catalysing Productive Livelihood

By Mijail Santos Lujan Committed to creating a greater impact through collaboration, two of APC’s Indonesia members Belinda Tanoto and Victor Hartono came together to spearhead an Education Giving Guide in Indonesia, with the aim of providing recommendations to private funders on education interventions with an accelerated path to scale and impact. With a vast trajectory in the field, the two APC members acknowledged that despite valuable efforts, education continues to face pressing issues. Thus, the motivation behind this project has been to broaden people’s access to quality education and to improve their livelihoods. By providing these recommendations, those who…

Where should philanthropy come in on issues like radicalism?

by Stacey Choe APC members convened on the sidelines of the Peace and Preventing Violent Extremism conference in Manila on 21 September 2017 to hear from experts and practitioners on their work in the region on preventing radicalism. We were joined by Ambassadors Ong Keng Yong and Delia Albert from Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and ASEAN Society respectively. RSIS Profesoor Rohan Gunaratna gave a comprehensive overview on the evolving trends in terrorist groups in the region, and how the community and authorities should combat the rise in such activities. Members listened attentively to accounts from local…