2nd Ten Photos to Shake the World opens today!

13 08 2012

Happy Monday morning everyone! 🙂 We are accepting entries to the 2nd Ten Photos to Shake the World National Photo Competition starting today until September 13, 2012. This year’s theme is: Challenges and Triumphs in the Pursuit of Sustainable Development. Visit and ‘like’ the TPSW Page to know more!





ASSIST, DBP, ECCP, EMB-DENR and ADFIAP sign partnership agreement

24 04 2012

Green Financing aims to support environment-friendly processes and systems such as cleaner production, waste minimization, resource conservation, and energy efficiency.

Affirming their commitment to promote sustainable development in the Philippines, ASSIST, Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (ECCP) and the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (EMB-DENR) signed a memorandum of agreement for the Green Financing project last April 12, 2012 at the DBP Executive Lounge.

Green Financing aims to support environment-friendly processes and systems such as cleaner production, waste minimization, resource conservation, and energy efficiency. For this project, DBP earmarked 20.6B for industries and local government units to use on green initiatives.

DBP Program Development Head Vice President Paul Lazaro welcomed the attendees, after which ASSIST Managing Director Sreeni Narayanan, EMB-DENR Director Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna ECCP President Hubert D’ Aboville and ADFIAP Secretary General Octavio Peralta signed the partnership agreement.

In his closing remarks, DBP President and CEO Francisco F. Del Rosario Jr. commended the partners for their collaborative effort especially in this effort for sustainable development.

ASSIST Executive Director Murali, Group Executive Matthias Wichmann, Group Associate Mahnaz Zanganeh and Projects and Grants Management Associate Melba Tutor were also present..

See related article on Manila Bulletin.





ASSIST joins ADB Social Enterprise Forum

16 03 2012

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. #





Warm holiday greetings from ASSIST!

27 12 2011

International NGO Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) sends warm holiday greetings!





ASSIST hosts research team from Hand in Hand Micro Finance

23 12 2011

ASSIST is proud to have hosted the visit of Hand in Hand India’s team who sought to conduct a scoping research of the micro-finance situation in the Philippines last December 19 to 23, 2011.

Together with partner Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia Pacific (ADFIAP), ASSIST facilitated the research schedule of the team, to meet with leading microfinance and small enterprise organizations in the country: the Grameen Foundation, Small Business Corporation, People’s Credit and Finance Corporation, University of the Philippines Institute of Small Scale Industries and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Inclusive Finance Advocacy.

The team includes Managing Director Hemantha Kumar Pamarthy, and Directors Jeyaseelan N., and Srinivas Krishnaswamy.

Hand-in-Hand is an Indian public charitable trust founded in 1988 in Kancheepuram District in Tamil Nadu.

It undertakes partnership networks, education, and CSR initiatives and extends consultancy and hand-holding services for smaller NGOs / MFIs across the country. #





ASSIST Mekong and GBA gather businesses in a learning and networking session

18 11 2011

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) Mekong and the German Business Association successfully gathered businesses in a Learning and Networking Session dubbed “Partnering towards Progress and Prosperity: an innovative model to build and promote your business while achieving social good” on November 10, 2011, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the New World Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

GBA Chairman Elmar Dutt and ASSIST Mekong Director Aru David welcomed the participants, while Mr. Arnel Go of ASSIST presented on the organization’s social venture as a model initiative for businesses.

For his part, DEG First Vice President for Special Programs Hans-Joachim Hebgen talked on how social initiatives can meet entrepreneurial interests.

Members of the automobile industry, manufacturing, technical services, banking, electronics attended the event. #





DEG Vice President to headline ASSIST Mekong Learning and Networking Session

5 11 2011

ASSIST Mekong, in partnership with the German Business Association (GBA) will be holding a Learning and Networking Session dubbed “Partnering towards Progress and Prosperity: an innovative model to build and promote your business while achieving social good” on November 10, 2011, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the New World Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Hans-Joachim Hebgen, First Vice President for Special Programs of the DEG (Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH) will be the guest speaker.

For queries, please contact ASSIST Mekong Project Manager Truong Thi Thuy Vy by emailing vy@assistasia.org.