Asian social sector faces technological challenges

Bangkok Post

Despite the rapid digitisation of the Asian social sector, social delivery organisations (SDOs) are struggling to keep up with technological changes because of inadequate access to digital infrastructure, lack of capacity and insufficient donor support, according to the Doing Good Index 2024. As technology continues to advance, a new type of digital divide is emerging that hampers the ability of the social sector to deliver products and services to the most vulnerable communities, said the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS), which created the index.

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DGI 2024 Report: Indonesian Policies Tend to Hinder Philanthropic Activities

Tempo.co

The 2024 Doing Good Index (DGI) report, recently launched by the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS), reveals that Indonesia’s policies related to philanthropic activities and social initiatives have been stagnant and even barely able to encourage the progress of these activities in the last six years. This lack of policy change and improvement is reflected in the DGI 2024 Report, released on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, which shows that Indonesia is ‘doing okay’.

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CAPS Published Latest Research on Government Procurement from the Social Sector in Asia

Alliance Magazine

Government procurement of goods and services from the social sector can help leverage the sector’s subject expertise and community links to deliver more efficient and cost-effective social services. However, the potential benefits are contingent on the ease and accessibility of government procurement and broader factors contributing to an organization’s capacity to fulfill needs.

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70% of social sector organizations are insufficiently prepared against cybersecurity threats

APN News

The Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society(CAPS),a uniquely Asia, independent, action-oriented research and advisory organization, released the 2024 edition of its flagship study, the Doing Good Index. The study finds that despite the rapid digitalization of the Asian social sector, social delivery organizations (SDOs) are struggling to keep up with technological changes due to inadequate access to digital infrastructure, lack of capacity, and insufficient donor support. As technology continues to advance, a new type of digital divide is being created that hampers the ability of the social sector to deliver products and services to the most vulnerable communities.

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70% of social sector organizations are insufficiently prepared against cybersecurity threats

Daily Guardian

The Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS), a uniquely Asia, independent, action-oriented research and advisory organization, today released the 2024 edition of its flagship study, the Doing Good Index.  The study finds that despite the rapid digitalization of the Asian social sector, social delivery organizations (SDOs)[1] are struggling to keep up with technological changes due to inadequate access to digital infrastructure, lack of capacity, and insufficient donor support.

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Sri Lanka’s atmosphere for NGOs improves

Daily Mirror

The atmosphere for the operation of the NGOs (non-governmental organizations) has improved in Sri Lanka in 2024 compared to the previous years, a report says.

According to the Doing Good Index used for the assessment of the social services delivery sector, Sri Lanka has been categorized as ‘Doing Okay’ and its promotion reflects a gradually improving economic situation and the clarification of the regulations by the government.

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Social sector groups lagging in digital skills

RTHK

A study has found many social sector groups in Asia are struggling to keep up with technological changes, due to insufficient donor support and lack of access to digital infrastructure. The Doing Good Index recently surveyed more than 2,100 social delivery organisations, or SDOs, across 17 economies, and found over half suffered from a lack of digital skills. Around 70 percent said they were insufficiently prepared against cybersecurity threats. Ruth Shapiro, co-founder and chief executive of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society, which conducted the survey, told RTHK it was important for the government and donors to support such groups and help them boost their digital literacy.

Listen to the full conversation here.

Doing Good Index 2024 – Examining the Readiness of Asia’s Social Sectors to Thrive

CAPS’ biannual Doing Good Index identifies the factors that drive or hinder the giving and receiving of private social investment to address social needs.

Now in its fourth iteration, the Doing Good Index 2024 looks at how the four components of the Index—regulations, tax and fiscal policy, ecosystem and procurement—have changed in the last two years. The findings are evidence-based, derived from original data from surveying 2,183 nonprofits and social enterprises and interviewing 140 experts across 17 Asian economies. This iteration of the report also includes a special thematic section on the impact of digital technology on Asia’s social sector.

Against the backdrop of the tumultuous Covid-19 years, the 2024 Index shows a continuation of the status quo with few major changes. However, the lack of change is not necessarily bad, as stability lays the groundwork for the social sector to thrive. The report also finds that Asia’s social sector is insufficiently prepared for the technological future, held back by inadequate access to digital infrastructure, capacity constraints and insufficient donor support.

The Index offers a blueprint of the policies and practices that can unleash private social capital and how the public, private and social sectors can work together to build a stronger and more equitable Asia.

Doing Good Index microsite

Our interactive microsite lets you explore and compare our Index data using visual and digestible graphics. The economy profile pages present a deep dive into each economy and provide a longitudinal overview of select data points. The data dashboard allows you to compare economies with each other, the Asian average and over time.

The Doing Good Index is published every two years. Read the inaugural edition from 2018, our 2020 edition, and our 2022 edition.

 

Government Is Overlooking Potential Of SDO Procurement, Research Finds

TBC News

The Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS) has unveiled its latest Policy Brief, “Procurement for Good: Government Procurement from the Social Sector in Asia.” This report emphasizes the untapped potential of government procurement from social delivery organizations (SDOs) in Asia, highlighting the mutual benefits for both sectors. CAPS recommends a policy framework to enhance social sector involvement in government procurement, addressing capacity constraints and complex processes.

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Only 32% of surveyed social sector orgs join government procurement in Asia

Daily Guardian

The Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS), a uniquely Asian, independent, action-oriented research and advisory organization, today released its latest Policy Brief, “Procurement for Good: Government Procurement from the Social Sector in Asia.” The report draws insight from 23 individuals and 2,183 social delivery organizations (SDOs)  in 17  Asian economies participating in the Doing Good Index 2024 Survey. The study highlights that government procurement of goods and services from the social sector can be a win-win for both sides but is underutilized in the region due to capacity constraints and procurement processes.

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