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…

Can Thai philanthropy move beyond religious giving and royal patronage?

by Stacey Choe APC introduced our work to a group of next generation philanthropists in Bangkok with the Thai Young Philanthropists Network (TYPN) on 7 September 2017. Many in the group felt that while collaborative philanthropy was little known in Thailand, its purpose and principles resonated with them and they were keen to support the movement and to promote the concepts. When presented with innovative models of early childhood education and inclusive education, there was specific interest in learning more and also in implementing these in Thailand. Education remains a key interest and focus in the country across the various different funders that…

Discovering aspiring changemakers

  by Madhurya Manohar The first edition of the ASEAN Social Impact Awards Community Judging Day was held on 29 September 2017. Philanthropists and social entrepreneurs convened at the National University of Singapore campus for the inaugural ASEAN Social Impact Awards Community Judging Day where they were tasked with identifying 12 stand out applications from a regional pool of social impact champions. The awards is a collaboration between the NUS Department of Social Work, Ashoka, the Asia Philanthropy Circle and the Ee Peng Liang Memorial Fund. The cohort present was treated to an intimate panel discussion – with Dr. Suresh…

Collaboration for Successful Ageing

by Wei Kong Starting in 1993 with the Hua Mei Clinic, Tsao Foundation led by Chairman Dr Mary Ann Tsao first provided medical and socio-emotional care to support home bound elderly. Today the foundation’s multidisciplinary team practices a comprehensive and range of aged care services, education and research work.  Their work covers primary health care (Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing), training in community-based eldercare (Hua Mei Training Academy), plus research and collaborations informing policy and practice (International Longevity Centre). Tsao Foundation’s latest project, the Community for Successful Ageing (ComSA) applies the knowledge and skills acquired from their community approach to…

Philanthropists well-positioned to lead innovation in Singapore’s aged care sector

by Aleithia Low Though already awash in the effects of the “silver tsunami,” Singaporean society has only begun to contend with the challenges of a rapidly ageing population. That we are an ageing society is a known fact – but few are aware that the young nation-state has since made the transition to being an aged society. Within a mere 19 years – between 1998 and 2017 — the number of above-65s had risen from 7% to 14% of the population. For Japan, the transition took 26 years; France took 115 years. By 2030 one in four Singaporeans will be…

APC tea session with Ashoka Founder Bill Drayton

by Tan Yu Ann APC hosted a joint-discussion with Bill Drayton, Founder of Ashoka, to discuss the role of philanthropy in an ever-changing world. The notion that “for big systemic shifts, the work that we are doing needs to be done in a vastly different way” underscored many of the discussions. Traditional philanthropy has long been criticised for not being truly transformative as many solutions often address symptoms rather than create systemic shifts for protracted issues. As a pioneer in the field of social entrepreneurship over the last 35 years, Bill Drayton knows a thing or two about change. If…

Is the Philippines primed for collaboration for real change?

by Noudhy Valdryno Singapore, 12 July 2017 – APC held the Philippines edition of the ASEAN Community Impact Funds workshop in Manila on 29 June 2017. This followed after the Jakarta workshop previously held on May 2017, with the same key objective of gathering insights and knowledge from sector experts to ensure effective utilisation of the ASEAN Community Impact Fund. APC CEO Laurence Lien pointed out that one of the most pressing issues in the Philippines is scaling up successful interventions, he mentioned that “in the Philippines, there are so many players and there are so many interventions in place…