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Naina Subberwal Batra – “The World Is Becoming a Much More Borderless Place”
Naina Subberwal Batra – “The World Is Becoming a Much More Borderless Place”
Lucy Browett and Anna Rawe 
Naina Subberwal Batra is the CEO and chairperson of AVPN. Her leadership has grown the AVPN membership by 254% and elevated the organization into a truly regional force for good. She is a Salzburg Global Fellow, having participated in New Horizons in Social Investment: Global Exchange for Action and Impact, part of the long-running series on Philanthropy and Social Investment. Salzburg Global spoke with Batra to discuss AVPN, philanthropy in Asia and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This Q&A has been edited for length and clarity. Salzburg Global: Could you start off by introducing yourself and AVPN? Naina Subberwal Batra: I am the CEO and chairperson of AVPN. AVPN is a membership platform for funders and resource providers. We have 520 members from 32 countries and our members range from foundations, family offices, corporates, intermediaries, impact funds, government[s], [and] universities. Anyone who deploys capital, whether that’s financial, human or intellectual capital to the social sector in Asia is qualified to be a member of AVPN.   SG: Why do you think it’s so important to have these partnerships and all these relationships between different institutions? NSB: If you look at the scale of social problems - and Salzburg Global is very focused on the SDGs - if we were truly to achieve the SDGs by 2030, we need to deploy capital across the spectrum. If we only look at philanthropic capital, it’s only in the many millions or maybe a few billions. In order to achieve the SDGs, we need trillions of dollars, and that will only happen if you have partnerships, if you have coalitions and if you bring different groups and stakeholders together, which is why I think platforms like AVPN are crucial and environments provided by organizations like Salzburg Global that bring people together are very important. SG: What kind of things do you think are important for a good partnership? Do you have an example of something that’s worked well or something that’s come to fruition through AVPN? NSB: So I think for partnerships, mutual trust, aligned expectations, and constant communication are very important. A good example is the partnership that Salzburg Global and AVPN have formed. It started out by an initial exploration of [a] common interest. The moment we agreed that we had some synergies, it led to a lot of open communication between our teams, the building of trust, and then finally executing it in the form of this program. SG: Do you think maybe it’s good for Asia to have collaborations with cross-continental organizations and is that why you brought people from different areas around the world to this program? NSB: I think global co-operation and collaboration and sharing is very important. There are lessons that we’ve learned. And I’m not saying that the sector is more advanced that it is in the south, it’s just there have been different experiences in the north than there have been in the south. There can be sharing of these experiences and then tweaking based on our own regional needs and our regional make-up. The tweaking of those experiences can really help. Also, what we realize increasingly, the world is becoming a much more borderless place. People are moving far more than any other generations before them, and therefore we have a lot of Asian diaspora[s] that live in the US, that live in Europe that are interested in giving back to Asia. It’s only when we understand each other and we understand the different organizations working across geography are we able to make those connections happen. SG: How do you think AVPN or any of its member partnerships are innovative or maybe have the organizational capacity for innovation? NSB: I think innovation, especially in Asia, is across the board. I think we Asians tend to take a little bit of time to learn new things, but the moment we do, we replicate and innovate at the speed of light. Philanthropy is no different than any other sector where that has happened. What we find is that, if you look at philanthropy and how it’s developed or is developing in Asia, we’re finding a lot more collaborations that are happening at a faster speed than they did in the US or in Europe. Where it’s different in Asia is that there’s much more tendency to form multi-stakeholder groups. So you’d find a corporate coming together with a foundation, coming together with government to actually collaborate on a project. It’s much rarer to see that with more established foundations in the West. SG: How has the history of philanthropy in Asia changed over the years you’ve been working in it? NSB: I think philanthropy in Asia has really changed. Philanthropy in Asia has been around for eons, right? We’ve always given to temples, to churches, to religious giving, but now what I find is that there’s a lot more institutional giving. In the last five years, I find that millennials are much more excited about giving, and there is now a sort of spectrum of giving. So it’s no longer just grant-making through philanthropy, but it’s actually looking at grant-making, looking at debt and looking at equity. So how to do we bring in innovative financial structures to our giving? SG: What talent management approaches do you think are necessary to further the Sustainable Development Goals? NSB: I think talent management is crucial. We don’t have enough of it in the philanthropy sector, and definitely not much in Asia, which is why AVPN has launched an academy to actually help develop the human capital that is needed to grow this sector, whether it be entry level positions or it be people who are looking at a mid-career change. So how can we equip them with knowledge and secondly, and more importantly, with experiences of the sector so that they can look at building a career in this sector, but also looking at finding jobs that can match their expertise? The program, New Horizons in Social Investment: Global Exchange for Action and Impact is part of Salzburg Global Seminar's multi-year series Philanthropy and Social Investment. This program was held in partnership with the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, a network committed to building a vibrant and high impact social investment community across Asia.
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Moving Toward More Effective Collaborations in Philanthropy
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Moving Toward More Effective Collaborations in Philanthropy
Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu 
  “You can definitely not stay in your solitary corner and do a great job,” says Vincent Faber. Reaffirming his view with a well-known proverb, he says, “If you want to go quickly, go alone but if you want to go far, go together.”   Faber, the executive director of Trafigura Foundation, was one of 40 participants at the latest program of Salzburg Global Seminar’s Philanthropy and Social Investment multi-year series - New Horizons in Social Investment: Global Exchange for Action and Impact. This program was held in partnership with the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network and took place at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria from October 27 to October 30, 2018.   Collaboration was the subject on one of the panel discussions at this year’s program. While there was consensus about the importance of working together, there was also a recognition of how difficult this can be sometimes. Salzburg Global asked some of the participants for their reflections on the importance of collaboration in the philanthropic sector and for tips on how foundations could work together effectively. “Collaborating is hard and it takes a lot of effort,” says Heather Grady, vice president at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. “I think the key to collaboration is mutual respect and each side thinking ‘I am going to spend some time on this because I will get something in return,’ she adds. “We say that the network is as strong as its weakest partner,” says Ludwig Forrest who is the philanthropy advisor at the King Baudouin Foundation in Brussels. Forrest is responsible for coordinating the Transnational Giving Europe Network, which is a collaboration of 20 philanthropic organizations across Europe. Forrest says, “You can imagine how difficult this can be especially with organizations of different sizes, maturities and means.” Faber’s tip for effective collaboration hinges on “trust.” Faber says, “I have seen too many prejudices and mistrusts being [put] in the way of success. And how do you get trust? By dialogue - by just speaking to each other, by just being open about your objectives, purpose, what you do, how you do it, [and] why you do it. Just put on the table what your agenda is, your modus operandi but also your philosophy in regards to the choices that you make - as a grant maker or grantee [that] is essential.” Openness and clarity about the terms of any collaborative venture is among Grady and Forrest’s tips for achieving success. Organizations can’t placed themselves above one another. Forrest says, “We succeed together and we fail together as well.”. Grady offers an expansive list of strategies to use when working with other organizations. She says: “Collaboration, I think fails sometimes because one side doesn’t get enough out of it so it ends up not being worth their effort... So, find potential collaborators who you are sure you can offer something to [because] they will want something from you… [and] put people in charge of the collaboration who are actually collaborative…” The session New Horizons in Social Investment: Global Exchange for Action and Impact is part of Salzburg Global Seminar's multi-year series Philanthropy and Social Investment. This year’s session is held in partnership with the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, a network committed to building a vibrant and high impact social investment community across Asia. To keep up to date with the conversations taking place during the session, follow #SGSphil on Twitter and Instagram.
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Is Blockchain the Future of Philanthropy?
Lina Lim at Salzburg Global Seminar
Is Blockchain the Future of Philanthropy?
Anna Rawe 
In a world where terms such as block chain and bit-coin increasingly appear in our media, our businesses, and our culture, the time to understand its potential for the philanthropic sector has arrived. This is the view of Lina Lim who works as the director of impact investment at the Blockchain Philanthropy Foundation. The Foundation was founded last year to research and collaborate on the ways to use blockchain to improve the philanthropic sector’s capabilities and service delivery. The Foundation also looks at how blockchain can help charities access funding and is currently partnering with Melbourne’s La Trobe University to develop a platform for digital currency donations. Of blockchain’s potential, Lim says, “Everyone says technology is a tool, [and] I agree. However, blockchain can add more value beyond just being a tool of technology… it open[s] up opportunities of new ways of process[ing].” Blockchain was initially developed to support bitcoin. Lim, however, is more interested in using this new technology to empower people who are left out of the financial system. Lim’s passion for financial inclusion involves helping the estimated 1.7 billion people who, according to the World Bank, are unbanked. This lack of a paper trail and reliance on cash makes it harder for them to have access to financial institutions and services like bank accounts and credit. Lim says, “Blockchain has been very powerful in opening up that opportunity… the bank will say, ‘We don’t have any record of you’ but with the blockchain, we can create this community-based information… they can start building their information and profile into the blockchain. “[Then] the bank can come into the ecosystem so they will be able to access the same information transaction, so with that, it’s opening up for that particular individual… to build an identity transaction… with that, they can later go to the bank [who will see] ‘Ok, there is that history of information.'” Other uses of blockchain are for those working overseas to be able to send remittances back to their families a lot faster, or for donors to track where their donations are being used. Lim says, “It brings a lot of applications [for both philanthropic and business institutions] starting from building better efficiency, automation, reducing costs… and increasing the trust component.” Trust may become one of blockchain’s most valuable characteristics, particularly in an age where hacking scandals have rocked several companies and a lack of faith in governments and corporations continues to simmer. The fact that blockchain can make information “tamper proof” or “immutable” means that once data is entered into the chain, it can’t be changed. This immutability is also down to what Lim describes as the difference between “the current database model… [where information] just stays in one place, but with blockchain it allows the data to be shared amongst the other participants, or what we call nodes.” The lack of a centralized set of information may help people to trust NGOs to collect and use their data. While Lim’s foundation is still new and running on the enthusiasm of volunteers, she suggests blockchain is an area that needs further development and has the potential to become an integral part of the philanthropy sector, especially in its ability to foster collaboration. She says, “It’s kind of like the Internet when it first came, and everyone’s not sure ‘What is that?’ But then there is more adoption, and it becomes more familiar… in this sector, we look to solve common issues… we do similar projects everywhere so why can’t we have an infrastructure and storage of data then we can actually then share all of this? “Blockchain is a network, and it requires collaboration… it can bring together the ecosystem, [the service providers and the communities that benefit from this impact] we can actually build that within this technology.” The session New Horizons in Social Investment: Global Exchange for Action and Impact is part of Salzburg Global Seminar's multi-year series Philanthropy and Social Investment. This year’s session is held in partnership with the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, a network committed to building a vibrant and high impact social investment community across Asia. To keep up to date with the conversations taking place during the session, follow #SGSphil on Twitter and Instagram.
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Philanthropists and Social Investors Explore Strategies for Social Impact
Participants of New Horizons in Social Investment – Global Exchange for Action and Impact pose for a group photo outside Schloss Leopoldskron
Philanthropists and Social Investors Explore Strategies for Social Impact
Oscar Tollast 
Philanthropists and social investors from all corners of the planet have left Salzburg with a renewed focus on talent management and its relationship with action, scale, and impact. Thirty-nine participants from 19 countries were brought to Austria by Salzburg Global Seminar and the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) to facilitate relationship building, knowledge exchange, and idea generation. During the four-day program - New Horizons in Social Investment: Global Exchange for Action and Impact - participants of different sectors, regions, and expertise worked together to explore talent management practices which could help increase their social impact globally. In Salzburg Global’s historic home at Schloss Leopoldskron, participants were welcomed in conditions of trust and openness, which helped encourage the spread of ideas. The scene was set for participants on Saturday evening as they considered the new frontiers in philanthropy and social investment. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) estimates it will take five to seven US trillion dollars to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with an investment gap in developing countries of about two-and-a-half trillion US dollars. Social impact investment can help bridge this gap. One of the ways organizations can make the world better is by thinking how they can work differently across organizational boundaries and become co-creators. Where do these organizations already align with others and how can assets be mobilized in different ways than before? On the second day of the program, participants engaged with several panel discussions. In the morning, participants explored current and future trends in philanthropy and concrete ways in which to build engagement to increase the likelihood of achieving the SDGs by 2030. This conversation moved forward during the next panel discussion where representatives from different organizations and regions shared their experiences – good and bad – of developing new approaches to philanthropy. Here participants learned about case studies in South America, China, and the Middle East. The day concluded with a conversation on managing talent for effective philanthropy and how best practices could help achieve specific social investing goals. On Monday, participants learned new methods of collaborating, measuring impact, and managing risk beyond environmental, social and governance criteria. They took this information on board as they went on and examined two case studies, focusing on sustainability and climate change and improving access to education. Participants were asked to consider what specific collaborations and approaches had been effective and what practices to replicate. In addition to panel discussions, participants took part in workshops, including one oriented around scaling impact and systems change. Participants learned how to create and align impact strategies to meet the SDGs. Participants were encouraged to open up about their own experiences throughout the program. On Monday evening, a fireside chat took place in the Great Hall of Schloss Leopoldskron where participants asked themselves: how do we align organizational culture and systems for effective philanthropy and impact? As the program concluded, participants were asked to reflect on how their experience in Salzburg had benefited them. They spoke of the value of hearing perspectives from different parts of the world, hearing from different generations, and hearing how their peers had also faced challenges and dealt with them. One participant said they had soaked up “1,000 years of experience.” Andrew Ho, US development director at Salzburg Global, led the program. Ho said, “The program sparked candid and honest conversations about the role of innovation, collaboration, and talent management in increasing philanthropic impact within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. It demonstrated the power of learning from the experiences of participants from nineteen countries and six continents in the spirit of finding solutions together.” The session New Horizons in Social Investment: Global Exchange for Action and Impact is part of Salzburg Global Seminar's multi-year series Philanthropy and Social Investment. This year’s session is held in partnership with the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, a network committed to building a vibrant and high impact social investment community across Asia. To keep up to date with the conversations taking place during the session, follow #SGSphil on Twitter and Instagram.
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Driving the Change: Global Talent Management for Effective Philanthropy
Driving the Change: Global Talent Management for Effective Philanthropy
Louise Hallman 
The corporate sector puts great emphasis on hiring “the best of the best.” With the increasing importance of private philanthropy in the wake of public sector austerity and growing global challenges, how can we attract top talent to the philanthropy sector – one known for its altruism, not huge salaries?     In a period of mistrust of our institutions, and crisis in our governance and corporate systems, the philanthropic sector is playing an important role in bridging divides, re-establishing trust, and addressing the need for a new civic imagination that is inclusive of all people in a globalized connected world. While significant attention is paid to the financial resources at stake in philanthropy, less focus is given to the skills that make grantmaking for the public good possible. In philanthropies, human resources can often be viewed simply as an administration function responsible for payroll, benefits administration, and logistical aspects of recruitment.  As the global philanthropic sector continues to expand, there will be a greater need for philanthropic institutions to recognize the importance of human resources in attracting, recruiting, and engaging talented staff who can help take their organizations forward. In an effort to redress this imbalance and examine and highlight the importance of investing in human resources for philanthropy, Salzburg Global Seminar, together with partners, convened the program Driving the Change: Global Talent Management for Effective Philanthropy in September 2017. The four-day program, supported by the Ford Foundation, The Hewlett Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the ZeShan Foundation, brought together 30 human resources professionals and executive directors of foundations at Schloss Leopoldskron, home of Salzburg Global Seminar, to discuss the challenges surrounding talent management, and the practices which can be implemented to achieve better results. The new report features discussion summaries, interviews with speakers and recommendations for the sector. Read the full report from this session now online.
Driving the Change: Global Talent Management for Effective Philanthropy is part of the multi-year Salzburg Global Seminar series Philanthropy and Social Investment.
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New Horizons in Social Investment - Global Exchange for Action and Impact
New Horizons in Social Investment - Global Exchange for Action and Impact
Anna Rawe 
When we think of progress, we often jump to visions of futuristic cityscapes with towering high-rises and lush garden vistas. This year’s forum on New Horizons in Social Investment: Global Exchange for Action and Impact, in partnership with Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, looks at how we can make progress toward a more equitable, sustainable and ultimately better world for all. Salzburg Global Seminar started its series on Philanthropy and Social Investment in 2008, and during the multi-year series’ span, the philanthropic landscape has changed and expanded beyond traditional grantmakers to include social investors and impact investors. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been established for two years, and continue their rousing call to ”leave no one behind.” While the SDGs have started to become an integral part of the philanthropic framework, the cost of reaching them has a price tag, in particular in developing countries where the UN estimates that there could be an investment gap of $2.5 trillion. This could be an exciting opportunity for philanthropic enterprise, but also raises questions about how to scale up initiatives while fitting with localized contexts. Other challenges arise within organizations themselves, and one element of this is effective talent management. Involving and collaborating with certain people and talent profiles can be transformative, and similar transformations may be needed in the way we evaluate performance to include leadership potential, as well as to measure the impact of social investment measures taken. This is all while balancing brand and bottom line considerations, particularly for corporate philanthropies and social enterprises, which must also be taken into consideration to utilize philanthropic strategies. As every sector takes technological leaps forward and social trends fluctuate, can philanthropy keep pace and use these opportunities to increase impact and empower people through new models of social investment? What are the benefits of experiments with new models of social impact bonds, collaborative philanthropy, and impact investment funds, as opposed to more traditional philanthropic avenues? How can we work together and foster partnerships across geographies and sectors to ensure the global nature of the SDGs is achieved in time while working in a range of cultures and contexts? The four-day program held at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, takes aim at some of these questions, inviting philanthropists, social investors, and nonprofit executives from all over the world to share their insights. Through plenaries, and small group workshops, the program aims to accelerate the effectiveness of changemakers and highlight innovative approaches, enabling participants to develop innovative practices within their organizations, expand collaborations with others regionally and globally, and shape the way talent is recruited, developed, and expanded in their organization. Andy Ho, the US development director at Salzburg Global Seminar and person responsible for this multi-year series, said, “Salzburg Global Seminar is pleased to partner with AVPN to facilitate the relationship building, knowledge exchange, and idea generation with a group of forty philanthropists and social investors from Asia and around the world. I look forward to seeing how this group will innovate, collaborate and develop strategic talent management practices to increase their social impact globally as a result of this seminar." The session New Horizons in Social Investment: Global Exchange for Action and Impact is part of Salzburg Global Seminar's multi-year series Philanthropy and Social Investment. This year’s session is held in partnership with the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, a network committed to building a vibrant and high impact social investment community across Asia. To keep up to date with the conversations taking place during the session, follow #SGSphil on Twitter and Instagram.
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Salzburg Global President's Report 2018
Salzburg Global President's Report 2018
Louise Hallman 
“How does a relatively small but influential NGO help shape a better world? That is the question Salzburg Global Seminar set out to answer as we entered our 70th anniversary year,” explains Salzburg Global President & CEO, Stephen L. Salyer in this year’s edition of the Salzburg Global Chronicle.  Founded in 1947, Salzburg Global Seminar has the mission to challenge current and future leaders to shape a better world. Our multi-year program series aim to bridge divides, expand collaboration and transform systems.  Features This year’s edition of the Salzburg Global Chronicle puts forth this renewed mission and strategic framework of the 70-year-old organization through a series of features and mini profiles of our Fellows and their projects. A Positive Space in a Polarizing World From Students to Statesmen Combined Efforts, Maximum Effect  From Ideas to Impact Radical Reinvention From Local to Global Campaign The Chronicle also announced the launch of Salzburg Global’s largest-ever fundraising campaign. Inspiring Leadership: The Campaign for Salzburg Global Seminar will seek to raise $18 million over the next three years to expand our scholarship program, invest in developing innovative solutions to complex problems and secure this organization and our historic home of Schloss Leopoldskron for generations to come.  “Campaigns are about vision. They support critical, compelling and transformational priorities,” states Salyer. “The Campaign Inspiring Leadership  — gift by gift, investment by investment — will empower people, policies, and placemaking that can transform the world.”  For the Love of Humankind From Scholarships to Schloss Renovations Yearbook Now in its fifth year, this year’s Chronicle is for the first time accompanied by a “Yearbook.” As Clare Shine, Salzburg Global Vice President and Chief Program Officer explains: “Our 2017 Yearbook draws these rich strands together. It provides an overview of our activities and partnerships in Salzburg and around the world, highlighting our multi-year program goals and the concrete outcomes driving short and longer-term impact. We wish you good reading and look forward to working with you in the future.” Download the Yearbook (PDF) You can read all the stories and download both sections of the 2018 President’s Report on the dedicated webpage: www.SalzburgGlobal.org/chronicle/2018 
 
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