AVPN’s South Asia Social Investment Summit 2023 concludes with emphasis on collective action

– The event was hosted by Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, addressed crucial challenges faced by the developing world.

January 23, Mumbai: The South Asia Social Investment Summit 2023, organized by the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), brought together leaders from across policymaking, social investing, and impact organizations to discuss ways to drive transformative collective action in the region.

The summit, which took place in Mumbai, featured notable speakers such as Karen Klimowski from USAID, Richard Hawkes from the British Asian Trust, and Poonam Muttreja from the Population Foundation of India, among others. The event, which was the fourth edition of AVPN’s signature event, aimed to shed light on the key issues facing sustainable development in South Asia, including the slow progress of developing countries towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the need for collective efforts to promote gender equality, economic opportunities for the youth, energy transition, and health equity.

On the occasion, Naina Subberwal Batra, Chief Executive Officer, AVPN said, “AVPN makes possible catalytic collaborations between policy makers, family offices, foundations, and the private sector to collectively increase the impact and flow of capital deployed towards closing the SDG gaps in Asia. Our endeavour with the event was to support the Indian Government with their SDG realisation, by identifying where capital needs to be moved to make the most impact. Due to India’s immense influence over Asia and its role as the G20 President for this year, it is vital to make the country the centre of conversations among venture philanthropists.“

With the South Asia Social Investment Summit 2023, the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) aims to bring together leaders from the private and social sectors to discuss ways to drive transformative action for social development in South Asia. The summit will focus on addressing key issues that hinder sustainable development in the region, such as the slow progress towards achieving United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the collective efforts needed for promoting gender equality, livelihood opportunities for the youth, energy transition, ecosystem development and health equity. AVPN hopes to continue the important conversations begun during the G20 Presidencies of Indonesia and India, and to promote Asian perspectives and solutions for global challenges.

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