Constellations AWARDS 2022

Collaborating for Social Impact

Introduction

The Constellations Awards celebrate the remarkable ways in which social investors across Asia collaborate to address the complex challenges of our times.

Asia is big, diverse, and complex - and so are its challenges. Our members meet those challenges through collaborations that pioneer solutions at scale. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us the cracks in the social impact landscape. The social investment sector has responded without flinching. Members have learnt to react to an unfolding crisis quickly, in the short term, and nurture systemic solutions, in the long term. Our members have established shared aims and pooled resources to meet the moment with imaginative action.

The Constellations Awards 2022 celebrate the ingenuity and effectiveness of our members. Inspire and motivate others to try projects like yours across Asia.

The projects we celebrate in the Constellations Awards are inspiring, but more importantly, they are practical. This year, AVPN is also celebrating 10 years of ecosystem building effort that has led it to become the world’s first Asian social investment network. As we reflect on Asia’s social investment trajectory, we invite you to establish your impact footprint on this past journey whilst mapping out how you can continue to be part of this global conversation in the decade ahead.

Demonstrate how you have harnessed the strengths of different actors, illuminate the ripples of positive impact you have triggered, share your game-changing point of view. Does your collaborative project have the potential to catalyse impact at scale by providing new means of accessing capital?

Are you a pioneer? Pave the way for others - inspire them to mobilise their capital towards impact and a more resilient Asia. Submit your application for a Constellations Award 2022, or recommend a friend.

This third installment of the Constellations Awards will be celebrated at the AVPN Global Conference 2022.

MASTER JURY

The panel of judges

Arnav Kapur

Lead - Philanthropic Partnerships, India and South Asia
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Gu Qing,

Program Officer, China
Ford Foundation

Chris Addy

Managing Partner, Boston Office
The Bridgespan Group

Wonyoung Kim

Executive Director
Crevisse Partners

Liza Green

Head, Corporate Citizenship
and Executive Director
Credit Suisse APAC Foundation,
Credit Suisse

Andrew Staples, PhD.

Regional Head, (APAC), Policy & Insights
Economist Impact

Categories

The Constellations Award categories reflect the spectrum of global social and environmental issues that the Constellations projects can rally around:

ABOUT THE AWARDS

Categories

The Constellations Award categories reflect the spectrum of global social and environmental issues that the Constellations projects can rally around:

Climate Action

Covers initiatives where the primary impact areas include and are not limited to championing climate solutions: Agriculture; Biodiversity; Climate Finance; Conservation; Environmental Security; ESG & Sustainability; Food Security & Food Waste; Low Carbon; Renewable Energy; Water Sanitation; and Recycling.

Gender

Covers initiatives that improve outcomes for women and girls where the primary impact areas include and are not limited: Health and Safety; Education; Economic Empowerment; Women in Leadership; and Gender Justice.

Healthcare

Covers initiatives where the primary impact areas include and are not limited to: Healthcare; Nutrition; Sanitation & Hygiene; and Mental Health.

Economic Opportunities

Covers initiatives where the primary impact areas include and are not limited to: Livelihood & Poverty Alleviation; Education, Employability; Financial Inclusion; Affordable Housing; Ageing; and Arts & Culture.

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People’s Choice

In addition to the 4 awards, we invite the public to vote for its favourite, most inspirational project from among the finalists, and decide the one that should be given the platform to scale and reach much-needed communities.

what we're looking for

Eligibility

  • Applications for recognition are open to teams that include at least ONE AVPN member. Applications will be disqualified if there are no AVPN members involved in the project.
  • Applicants are allowed to submit more than one entry.
  • Projects can be submitted as long as they have started, are in progress, or have been completed within the past 2 years.
  • Ongoing projects should have been running for at least a year at the point of submission.
  • The main activities of the projects should be located in the Asia Pacific.

ELIGIBILITY REVIEW

Once all applications have been submitted, we will comb them to check they are complete and all our questions have been answered. Our AVPN team will review everything and contact your nominated contact if we find anything missing. All applications must be fully completed in order to be considered by the judges.
EVALUATION CRITERIA

Our judges will then review all complete submissions. They will evaluate based on the submissions’ potential to inspire real, positive, and bold transformation that is collaborative, actionable and scalable. They will give a numerical score against these criteria:

    • Strength of Collaboration (30%): We are looking for projects that draw on expertise from a number of sectors and demographic backgrounds. We are especially interested in projects where actors have co-created and engaged proactively. You will get extra points if you have worked with multiple actors within the public sector, private sector, and civil society. It’s good if those actors are from along supply chains or within sectors or geographies. The key is that you collaborated with them to integrate their views and perspectives.
      Criteria
      • How many stakeholders are involved in this initiative and how did each contribute their different strengths to achieve the project goals? 
      • How have you used networks to achieve the project goals?
      • In what ways did collaborating benefit the project?
 
    • Impact Potential (30%): We are looking for projects that address one of the Asia Pacific’s most pressing problems. The project needs to include a coherent plan to drive change and achieve long-term impact.
      Criteria
      • Does the project have a clear theory of change framework?
      • What immediate and short-term outcomes did the project achieve?
 
    • Transformative Potential & Innovation (20%): We are looking for projects that can demonstrate the use of new ideas, including novel approaches, practices, and technologies. These ideas have high transformative potential if you can show how they potentially disrupt an unsustainable and unjust equilibrium positively to solve global, regional or industry challenges. The project is game-changing and future-oriented.
      Criteria
      • How is the project game-changing
      • How does the project change the future?
      • Please describe how the project uses novel and new ideas in approaches, practices, technologies, funding approaches or other culture-enhancing elements to solve the challenges at hand.
 
    • Growth Potential (20%): We want projects that can be replicated successfully in different regions or markets. Different enterprises should be able to implement the project and grow as more stakeholders join.
      Criteria
      • What factors make this project easily replicated in different markets or regions? Is there any intention to do so? 
      • Can the project be scaled up to allow other stakeholders to join?
MASTER JURY

An independent panel of judges with distinguished backgrounds will assess the entries following rigorous criteria. They commit to doing this with integrity, objectivity, impartiality, avoidance of conflict of interest, and transparency.  

Where a judge or an assessor has a direct connection with an applicant organisation, they will excuse themselves from the assessment and evaluation of that organisation.

    • Arnav Kapur, Lead – Philanthropic Partnerships, India and South Asia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Gu Qing, Program Office, China, Ford Foundation
    • Chris Addy, Managing Partner, Boston Office, The Bridgespan Group
    • Wonyoung Kim, Executive Director, Crevisse Partners
    • Liza Green, Head, Corporate Citizenship and Executive Director, Credit Suisse APAC Foundation, Credit Suisse

The winners will be ratified by our master jury, and they will be announced at the AVPN Global Conference 2022.

APPLICATION

    1. Application deadline: 28 February 2022, 23:59 Singapore Time (GMT+8)
    2. Application should be submitted in English only and follow the requirements of the application form
    3. The application is free of charge
    4. Applicants must not submit any false documents or information and they must follow the requirements of the overview. If the provided information does not meet the requirements, AVPN reserves the right to decline the application. Should the investigation prove the information provided by any organisations to be false, they will be disqualified from the award.
    5. Information submitted by applications may be used in marketing, promotion, and media engagement by AVPN
    6. For AVPN’s data protection policy, please visit: https://avpn.asia/data-protection-policy/ 
    7. AVPN reserves the right to change any specifications
    8. For any queries, please contact: constellations@avpn.asia 

5 COLLABORATIVE SOLUTIONS

Constellations Awards 2021 Winners

In 2021, we are proud to recognise 5 outstanding collaborative solutions that are addressing complex problems of our times.

5 collaborative solutions

In 2021, we are proud to recognise 5 outstanding collaborative solutions that are addressing complex problems of our times.

commendable collaborative projects

Here are some of the more commendable collaborative projects.

Social Equality and Inclusion

Explore

Discover the collaborative stories of our Constellations Awards 2020 laureates.