The forum served as a venue for 1) sharing insights on the regional and Philippine social enterprise landscapes, 2) showcasing examples of promising social enterprise models with prospects for growth and replication, 3) identifying possible resources for social enterprises seeking to scale up their activities, and 4) providing a platform for Philippines social enterprises to connect with domestic and international impact investors.
The day-long affair began with Bart Édes, ADB Director for Poverty Reduction, Gender and Social Development Division welcoming the participants. Harvey Keh, the Director for Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship of the Ateneo School of Governance then spoke on the State of Social Enterprises in the Philippines.
This was followed by four sessions led by esteemed panelists: Characteristics of a Successful Social Enterprise, How to Scale Up a Good Idea: Replication and Expansion, How Emerging Social Enterprises can Attract Capital and Nurturing the Philippine Social Enterprise Ecosystem.
ASSIST was represented by Managing Director Sreeni Narayanan and Group Associate Mahnaz Zanganeh.
ASSIST is an international non-profit organization focused on capacity-building. It seeks to promote sustainable practices to address social problems in the developing world, with focus on Asia and Africa. It takes pride in its process-oriented approach to capacity building towards social improvement and sustainable transformation. Its goal is to empower its target groups to make them resilient to the social, economic and environmental challenges.
It is presently based in Makati City, but also has operations in India and Vietnam and manages projects in over 10 countries. Through its Partner to Progress philosophy, it has successfully implemented such projects in collaboration with the European Union, United Nation Environment Program (UNEP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), USAID, International Finance Corporation (IFC), GIZ, and DEG/ KFW amongst other organizations.#
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Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) is an international non-profit focused on capacity building. It seeks to promote sustainable practices to address social problems in the developing world, with focus on Asia and Africa.