Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) is glad to have joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Social Enterprise Forum held last February 28, 2012 at the ADB Headquarters, along with representatives of social enterprises, impact investors, NGOs, corporate foundations, development agencies, and the Philippine government.
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. #