Paving the way for greater impact investing in Asia Pacific

Oct 05, 2018

Since 2017, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation has been taking steps to embark upon the journey of impact investing by carving out around US$100 million of our endowment and set up 'Asia Women Impact Fund'. We at the same time put endeavor into the advocacy work in encouraging our foundation peers in Asia to explore financial tools other than grant-making to achieve their missions - as we believe there are limitations to grant-making to create impact despite its necessity in some cases.

As part of this endeavor, earlier this year, we commissioned Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) and Amala Paradigm to conduct eight case studies in Asia and the US to learn about the various pathways of how foundations started with impact investing, and the lessons they have drawn throughout the way. The report was showcased at a workshop we organized at AVPN 2018 annual conference, and was furthered being featured on Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) in September this year. Please see more detail from the below links: 


Collective action has the power to accelerate the advancement of women’s economic empowerment and gender equality across Asia. We are actively seeking innovative solutions and models, knowledge sharing opportunities and partnerships with like-minded leaders.

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