8 May 2017

The Department of Social Work at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences announced the establishment of a new award to encourage social innovations that can make a positive impact on communities in ASEAN countries. 

Known as the ASEAN Social Impact Award, this initiative is a partnership with the Ee Peng Liang Memorial Fund, Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) and Ashoka Innovators for the Public. The long-term goal of this award is to build communities of social innovators who work together to transform society and design new ways for communities to be more entrepreneurial, productive and connected. The award will also convene philanthropists committed to collective action for community betterment in the ASEAN region.

Inspired by the selfless drive of Singapore’s Father of Charity Dr Ee Peng Liang in uplifting communities in need and supporting causes that make a lasting change, the Award, in its first year, will be in honour of the late Dr Ee and his charitable contributions. 

The ASEAN Social Impact Award

The ASEAN Social Impact Award will recognise individuals, who have a strong drive and vision to resolve social issues and create positive social impact in their respective communities in ASEAN countries. 

To be considered for the award, candidates’ organisation would need to fulfil three key criteria: benefitted the disadvantaged community in the ASEAN region; achieved a demonstrable scale of impact, and in operation for at least three years.

Candidates and their initiatives would also be assessed based on social impact, entrepreneurial quality, innovation quality and sustainability. The candidate’s area of work can include sectors such as: 

  • Economic development
  • Migrants
  • Environment
  • Health and nutrition
  • Ageing
  • Learning and education

Three winners will be selected, and each winner will receive a cash prize of up to S$50,000 to further scale the impact of their work. 

Applications are open until 15 July 2017. For more details on the award and the application process, please refer to https://www.ashoka.org/en/story/asean-social-impact-awards


Source: National University of Singapore (NUS)

Illustration Photo: Mangrove forests in Cambodia (credits: Charles Pieters / Flickr Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))


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