Webinar: Asia Society Hong Kong Center Program Charting the Path Forward

Catching the world unaware, Covid-19 has sent the global economy and the lives of billions into a tailspin. In the wake of this pandemic, the public, private, and social sectors must come together to work towards a stronger and more equitable Asia as we build our way out of this crisis. At a time when foreign funding is declining across the region, “Asia for Asia” philanthropy must fill the gap—and the Doing Good Index shows how.

CAPS’ Co-Founder and Chief Executive Ruth Shapiro and Director of Research Mehvesh Mumtaz Ahmed present the key findings of the index and showcase how governments, philanthropists, companies and the social sector can work together for mutual benefit. This discussion was moderated by Ronnie C. Chan, Co-Founder and Chairman of CAPS and Chairman of Asia Society Hong Kong Center.

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.

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.

People First: Scaling Impact through Talent Management


This report spotlights the importance of talent and talent management in India’s social sector.

To help nonprofit organizations achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) investments must be made in building and retaining talent. This report offers actionable insights for nonprofits and funders to better approach and manage this challenge. Read it here.

Building a Partnership for Social Service Delivery in Indonesia: State and Faith‑based Organisations

Minako Sakai (The Australian Journal of Social Issues)

This paper explores the relationship between Indonesia’s government and religious and faith-based organizations (FBOs). FBOs are booming in contemporary Indonesia and have strong community support. However, the paper shows that the Indonesian government is keen to remain the key provider of social services and often perceives the services of FBOs as a threat. It examines the challenges these organizations face, including the regulation of funding sources and impediments to effective FBO partnerships. Read it here.

Japan’s Civil Society from Kobe to Tohoku: Impact of Policy Changes on Government­-NGO Relationship and Effectiveness of Post-­Disaster Relief

Harvard University

This article explores the development of Japan’s civil society through the lens of citizen volunteerism and the role of nonprofits in natural disaster relief and reconstruction efforts. The development of civil society organizations in Japan occurred relatively late compared to Western countries. However, their numbers and civil society activism as a whole have surged in recent decades. The article explores the changing relationship between the state and civil society in Japan in light of these trends. Read it here.

Giving to Myanmar: A Guide for Asian Philanthropists

Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC)

This report provides insights into Myanmar’s social sector. It offers a toolkit for philanthropists looking to enter this unfamiliar and under-developed market. Recommendations from experienced practitioners related to the regulatory framework and cultural nuances are included. Read it here.

Talent: The Key to Developing the Social Sector in China

Ding Li & Anne Merkle (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

This article sheds light on the talent gap in China’s social sector. Misconceptions about the relatively young sector coupled with changing regulations have made it difficult for organizations to attract and retain talent. This article provides recommendations for how social enterprises can overcome this challenge, including changing the discourse around what it means to work in the social sector. Read it here.

Study on Leadership Transition in the Philippine NGO Sector

Association of Foundations

This study provides an analysis of how nonprofit organizations (NPO) in the Philippines can plan for and navigate leadership transition. Effective leadership is an important aspect of ensuring the sustainability of an organization. The study is based on surveys and focus group discussions with NPO executive directors and staff, and university students. It focuses on how organizations can attract, retain, and upskill talent to serve as future leaders in the sector. Read it here.