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The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Tokyo, Japan
Last updated on 11 Oct 2022
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The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) is a Japanese private foundation established in 1986 with an endowment from the Nippon Foundation to enhance international cooperation. After merging with the Ocean Policy Research Foundation in 2015, SPF has set its focus on five key areas: to address a variety of societal challenges that fast-emerging Asian countries currently face, to stimulate greater socioeconomic progress through women’s empowerment, to promote understanding and strengthen relationships with Muslim-majority countries, to further strengthen Japan – U.S. relations, and lastly, to develop programs to promote the long-term sustainability of the world’s oceans. Under the Gender Investment and Innovation Department, we plan to co-design and fund initiatives to support women entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial ecosystem development (via incubators, accelerators and GLI) and women’s economic empowerment in South East Asia. In 2017, we launched the Asia Women Impact Fund, a 100 m USD carve out from our endowment to leverage blended finance approaches (grants and investments) to support women's economic empowerment, entrepreneurship and gender equality in SEA.