AVPN brings Largest India Social Investing Conference to Bengaluru

Bengaluru, 21st November 2019: Asian Venture Philanthropist Network (AVPN), Asia’s leading network for impact ecosystem-building, is bringing its convening power to Bengaluru this 27th November for its second annual India Policy Forum. Themed ‘Breaking Boundaries’, the closed-door forum brings together a diverse group of social investors including policymakers, private investors, intermediaries, and other key stakeholders on a neutral platform to discuss collaborative approaches around the proposed revision in the National Education Policy.

The AVPN Policy Forum (on 27th November) will see participation from key public, industry and market players, such as:

●        Ramanan Ramanathan - Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog

●        Amod Kumar - State Government of Uttar Pradesh

●        Abishek Gupta - Dept of Technical Education and School Education, Government of Delhi

●        Gurucharan Gollerkeri - State of Karnataka

●        Dr Ajay Khera - Karnataka Comprehensive Nutrition Mission

Please see full schedule here - https://indiasummit.avpn.asia/schedule-ipf/

In partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, AVPN is also launching its first Policy Leadership Lab (PLL) in India. The PLL selects policymakers who are committed to collaborating with impact-minded private investment communities to achieve their policy or programmatic objectives. In recognising that government, however sophisticated, should not work alone to drive impactful developments in the country, AVPN pools strategic resources, builds implementation capacity, and uncovers collaboration opportunities for policymakers to scale their impact with private sector support. This initiative is part of the larger, Asia-wide PLL that AVPN is running for the second year in a row.

Last year, the India Policy Forum was inaugurated in New Delhi and it leveraged NITI Aayog’s Aspirational Districts programme to convene the private investment community alongside local and national policymakers for impactful cross-sector collaboration.

The 2019 Forum will be followed by a full-day Summit, which will open to more than 350 representatives from the regional social investment network. Acknowledging that priority issues in India are complex and highly interdependent on diverse factors, AVPN has launched three India-specific thematic platforms for interested investors to take deep-dives into the following impact areas: early childhood education, healthcare, and nutrition. By taking on a multi-sectoral approach to accelerate progress in these areas, AVPN will nurture a coalition of impact champions, facilitate best practice knowledge-sharing, and support investors in scaling solutions for underserved communities.

In addition to deepening and strengthening these ecosystems, AVPN is also harnessing its unique positioning to mobilize capital to fund social enterprises and non-profits in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities in India. With most social investors being only active in Tier-1 cities, social enterprises and non-profits in more remote geographies find it hard to gain support and funding to drive impact at scale. In response, AVPN is mobilising more strategic philanthropy into Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities by kickstarting multi-stakeholder dialogue and collaboration to better understand local contexts. With a focus on Agro-based sustainable livelihoods, AVPN will set up working groups to allow diverse stakeholders to identify priorities within the states. 

The AVPN India Summit 2019 will see participation from key stakeholders in the industry such as:

●        M Hari Menon - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (IN)

●        Deepali Khanna - Rockefeller Foundation

●        Ashutosh Tyagi - Social Finance India (SFI Impact Foundation)

●        Lalita Sachdeva - UNICEF India

●        Rahil Rangwala - Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

Please see full schedule here - https://indiasummit.avpn.asia/schedule/

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