Is Technology the Key to Winning the War on Poverty?

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Is Technology the Key to Winning the War on Poverty?

Buksh Foundation (Pakistan), The Lighting a Million Lives model sparks women empowerment by showcasing the Light Ladies as breadwinners in communities where they are previously oppressed. Buksh Foundation was the AFCSR’s Asian CSR Awards Poverty Alleviation Category Winner in 2015.
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Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 9:00am

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Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, July 21, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The 15th Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR) will feature its annual conference debate with the motion, “Technology is the key to winning the war on poverty.”

The Asian Development Bank estimates that more than 700 million people in Asia and the Pacific live below the global poverty rate of USD 1.25 per day. This comprises two-thirds of the world's poor, with most of them living in rural areas lacking basic amenities. 

Today, technology has become pervasive and drives significant change not only in middle class families but likewise among less privileged communities. The mobile phone for example provides new ways to access public health, medical care, education, banking, commerce, and entertainment, in addition to communications. Many things thought of as unimaginable in the past are now an everyday routine.  However even with rapid advancement, the question of technology’s place in addressing our most pressing problems is still the subject of much debate.

As the world quickly evolves in the digital era and innovation is the norm, is technology the key tool in improving and eventually eliminating poverty? This year’s AFCSR Debate will take a look at technology’s place in the fight against poverty.

The AFCSR Debate will feature four thought leaders and practitioners: Mr. Chandran Nair, renowned author of the best-selling book “Consumptionomics: Asia’s Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet” and Founder of Global Institute for Tomorrow, Hong Kong; Prof. David Grayson, one of the UK’s leading authorities on corporate citizenship and Director of Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, UK; Ms. Runa Khan, one of the most distinguished social entrepreneurs in Bangladesh, an Ashoka fellow, Schwab Foundation social entrepreneur and Executive Director of Friendship organization and Ms. Maria Ressa, an experienced Asian journalist, former CNN’s bureau chief in Manila and Jakarta and CEO of Rappler, Philippines.

The AFCSR is Asia’s most established conference on CSR thought leadership and best practice with over 25 countries represented annually. Now on its 15th year, the agenda will focus on Corporate Social Innovation (CSI) to address social challenges, uplift communities, transform countries and create a better future.

It is an annual international conference co-convened by the Asian Institute of Management – Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. Center for Corporate Responsibility and Asia Inc Forum together with Intel as the Strategic Partner.  This year’s AFCSR is also supported by leading Myanmar conglomerate SPA Group as Host Sponsor; regional engineering and manufacturing group Jebsen & Jessen as Diamond Sponsor, Thailand’s largest banking institution Bangkok Bank as Gold Sponsor and City Love & Hope Foundation of Citi Mart, Myanmar’s retail industry icon and KT Care, a foundation fostering self-empowerment and sustainable development in Myanmar as Country Sponsors. Also participating as forum partners are AMCHAM Myanmar, ASEAN CSR Network, Australia-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce, CCI France Myanmar, EuroCham in Myanmar and the League of Corporate Foundations. 3BL media is a media partner.

To register or find out more about the AFCSR, visit, email or call +63 2 752 1208.

About the Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility
The AFCSR is the premier platform for showcasing CSR thought leadership and best practice in Asia. It was founded in the Philippines by the RVR Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM).  The AFCSR is the longest-running and most-established CSR conference in Asia, with a record of close to 600 delegates from 30 countries.  It convenes annually in a different Asian location each year.  The AFCSR features prestigious CSR Awards: the Asian CSR Awards and the Intel-AIM Corporate Responsibility Award for outstanding initiatives in four key areas – education, environment, health and poverty alleviation.  It is co-convened by the AIM RVR Center for CSR and Asia Inc Forum.

About AIM-RVR Center for Corporate Social Responsibility
The AIM RVR Center is a research and program center within the Asian Institute of Management (AIM).  The main thrust of the AIM RVR Center is to undertake CSR-focused research relative to the competitiveness of corporations and their impact on society.  The AIM RVR Center is one of the first research centers in the region to concentrate on CSR issues. The Center also provides consultancy and training services on CSR issues to organizations throughout Asia.  The AIM is the Asian pioneer in international management education.  

About Asia Inc Forum
Asia Inc Forum (AIF) is a leading facilitator of business and public policy dialogue in the ASEAN and Asia Pacific regions. AIF is the convener of the influential ASEAN 100 Leadership Forum and the co-convener of the Asian Forum for Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR). The company has a proud history of partnership with the APEC CEO Summit - the foremost meeting of business and government in the Asia Pacific region.

For more information about this release, please contact:
Khristine Dizon at email

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