Learning Communities in Asia

Doing Good Together

What is a Learning Community? It is a group of stakeholders which may include funders, grantees and related government agencies committed to learning from success as well as failure in order to improve impact around a particular issue or challenge. A successful learning community takes collaboration to a different level. CAPS’ latest report, Learning Communities in Asia: Doing Good Together, shares findings on which factors contribute to vibrant and sustainable learning communities within the Asian context.

The Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Vietnam

Management and Sustainable Development Institute (MSD)

This report provides an overview of the impact of Covid-19 on the social sector in Vietnam. It is based on a survey of 101 civil society organizations (CSO) conducted between 31 March and 10 April 2020. Almost all (96%) of CSOs report their operations are impacted as a result of the outbreak. Mobilizing funds and coordinating with others in the social sector has become more difficult. Some CSOs are adapting to be able to continue supporting their beneficiaries. Recommendations for how stakeholders can support CSOs during and after this outbreak are also discussed. Read it here: English, Vietnamese.

Healthcare in Asia: The innovation imperative

Economist Intelligence Unit

This report analyzes healthcare systems across Asia and the challenges faced in improving access and quality. The report notes it is harder for low- to middle-income countries to overcome these challenges. Innovation is needed not only in new drugs or better technology, but in new approaches to healthcare financing, regulation, models for delivering healthcare services, and forging partnerships between different healthcare organizations. Read it here.

Doing Business 2020

World Bank Group

The Doing Business Index is a high-profile benchmarking index that tracks the “ease of business” across 190 economies. The 2020 iteration is the 17th in this series of annual reports and provides quantitative analysis and insights into the regulations that constrain or enhance the activities of businesses.  Read it here.

Measuring Value Created by Impact Incubators & Accelerators

I-DEV International, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) & Agora Partnerships

This report analyzes the role of impact incubators and accelerators in the social innovation ecosystem. Their popularity has grown as interest in entrepreneurship has risen. This report quantifies the value created by incubation and acceleration programs and proposes an assessment framework to compare and benchmark them against each other. It draws upon more than 100 stakeholder interviews and surveys, including from Asia.  Read it here.

Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2018: Piecing Together the Poverty Puzzle

World Bank Group

This series provides the most up-to-date estimates and trends on global poverty and shared prosperity. The 2018 edition broadens the way poverty is defined and measured, introducing a multi-faceted measurement approach connected to household consumption and the international poverty line (US$1.90 per person per day). Lack of access to infrastructure and education is also included as a facet of poverty. Relative poverty within households, sliced by gender and age, is also analyzed. The report shows that countries in East and South Asia have made impressive progress in poverty reduction. The poverty rate in countries in East Asia and the Pacific dropped from 62% in 1990 to less than 3% in 2015. And the number of poor people in South Asia dropped from half a billion in 1990 to 216 million in 2015. Read it here.

Advocacy, Rights & Civil Society: The Opportunity for Indian Philanthropy

Centre of Social Impact and Philanthropy, Ashoka University

This report examines the changing trends in nonprofit funding in India. Restrictions on the flow of foreign funding and its impact on Indian civil society organizations receive special attention. Opportunities for Indian philanthropists to play a more enabling role in this changing landscape are also discussed.

The Doing Good Index 2018 by CAPS found that several Asian economies are regulating receipt of foreign funding including Pakistan, China, Indonesia, and Vietnam. As regulations on foreign funds seem to be on the rise across Asia, this report serves as valuable insight on the consequences. Read it here.

Building the Bench at Indian NGOs: Investing to Fill the Leadership Development Gap

The Bridgespan Group

This report examines the link between investment in leadership development and organizational ability to create impact. The competence of the senior leadership team plays a critical role in the success of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Yet, investment in these teams by both NGOs and their donors remains low. This report draws upon data from surveying approximately 250 NGO leaders and interviewing 50 funders, intermediaries, and NGO executives in India. Read it here.

Impacting Investing Simplified: A guide to making and receiving impact investments in India

Thomson Reuters Foundation, Nishith Desai Associates & Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

This report serves as a guide to India’s regulatory landscape for impact investment. India has seen a growing interest in impact investment in recent years along with the rise of social enterprises. Social enterprises offer investors the dual benefit of meeting social objectives while achieving financial returns. But the impact investment market has much room for growth. A mismatch between funders’ preferences and the ability of social enterprises to absorb what is on offer has led to lower-than-expected deal flow. Difficulty in navigating the complex legal, tax and regulatory frameworks is another impediment.  Read it here.

India Philanthropy Law Report

International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL)

This report provides an overview of national laws and regulations affecting philanthropy in India. Rooted in a culture of Daana (giving) the country’s legal framework is considered supportive of civil society and philanthropy. The report provides an in-depth look at the organizational structures, registration processes, activities and funding policies that govern the philanthropic sector. Read it here.