Youth unemployment is one of the greatest and most complex challenges of our time, and among many other factors, the widening gap between the education system and the labor market is a driving force of youth unemployment in many countries. Due to the complexity of the issue, the resolution of global youth unemployment requires the collective effort of a variety of stakeholders, including educators, public policy and employers. This webinar takes a deep dive into the crisis and seeks to disentangle the factors and actors that collectively led to it. Moreover, it provides insights into challenges and opportunities that arise at the intersection of the education system and the labor market. To conclude, it offers a variety of creative ideas for how each and everyone of us can get actively involved in his or her daily function to help and tackle youth unemployment.
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The Association of Microfinance Institutions in Kenya will host the East Africa Microfinance Summit at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre. This conference will bring together industry players from the region and across the world to assess the progress towards microfinance goals. Participants will have an opportunity to confront major challenges facing the field, accelerate technology, and innovations for microfinance while exchanging experiences and best practices. It will also conduct an exhibition and a customer conference simultaneously.
The 3rd annual Global Payment Summit (GPS) in Singapore is a leading forum
where key thought leaders, experts and practitioners in the payment and
transaction arena meet and discuss the innovation agenda. The Summit includes
two days of presentations and dialogue on key issues, and networking with senior
level professionals, delivered through a non-commercial agenda.
This inaugural conference will focus on how the latest technological developments have changed and revolutionized the Latin American banking industry. Learn how to effectively incorporate the mobile channel to improve customer relationships, strategies for monetizing mobile banking applications, marketing mobile banking ; also specific solutions for the banking sector will be discussed. The conference will showcase and discuss the opportunities of digital, especially mobile channels, and how are transforming banking from financial institutions to providers of digital solutions.
A forum to meet top performing microfinance institutions and the key
policy makers and practitioners within the microfinance sector in Ghana.
This year the event focused on the nexus between small social and green enterprises and businesses, and how to strengthen collaboration between them, and policy makers in supportive environments. What are the innovative small, micro and medium sized enterprises (SMMEs) that drive the change to sustainable development? How can linkages between social and green enterprises and businesses be strengthened for greater innovation and impact? What barriers do they face and how can their growth in Africa be fostered?
At the Unconvention|L Pitch, budding entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to present their idea for a for-profit business with social impact, to a panel of experts comprising Villgro mentors, successful social entrepreneurs, social incubators and seed investors.
Through this process you will learn how to deliver a sharp and impactful pitch and will also get valuable feedback and guidance that will help you refine your business model.
We bring together change makers and tech experts on a 7-day road trip across the continent, to turn business ideas into real projects.
Our goal is to empower highly talented young Africans to develop innovative solutions and make a tangible impact in their communities together with other entrepreneurs from all over the world.
Along the journey, the Ampioneers conceive and launch startups and contribute to creating a community of entrepreneurial talent in Africa.
The Ampioneers come from a breath of backgrounds and nationalities. They combine African ingenuity with international experience and global mindset.
Ampion Venture Bus Africa – embark on the road to success!
The 5th Annual Middle East Banking Innovation Summit (MEBIS) will take place on 14 & 15 September 2015 at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa. As the foremost banking technology event in the GCC, the summit’s 2014 edition was attended by over 400 Senior Executives, IT experts, retail banking specialists and senior finance professionals interested in keeping themselves abreast of innovative developments in technology specifically for the Middle East’s banking and finance sector. The UAE’s overarching commitment to sustained economic, financial and social development has led to a tremendous boom in innovation in general. With the Expo 2020 well poised to be the event holding the world’s attention, innovation has become the focal point like never before. It is of special importance in the banking and finance industry, where it can function as the backbone of any plan for economic development. And what of the banking and finance industry in terms of IT innovation? It’s on an upward swing, with industry estimates indicating that banking and securities companies in the Middle East and North Africa spent approximately $12.8 billion on IT products and services in 2014, an increase of 2.7 percent over 2013 revenue of nearly $12.5 billion. Other trends indicate that banks in the Gulf are investing in robust externally developed software to transform their legacy systems to keep up with the rapid pace of the modern technologically-driven market. The 5th Annual Middle East Banking Innovation Summit is the leading platform to know about the latest trends in banking innovation, discuss global best practices and network with key industry influencers and decision makers to restructure traditional banking systems using cutting edge technology.
Since 1998, Social Enterprise Alliance’s national conference has been convening the social enterprise movement and fostering learning, connections, and collaborations that have helped catalyze the growth and success of thousands of social enterprises across the US and beyond.
LEARN — More than 30 sessions and 75 speakers will give participants the opportunity to deepen their understanding of key social enterprise trends, successful strategies, and best practices for developing and growing a social enterprise.
CONNECT — Contact Summit participants through SEA Connect, our conference scheduling and networking tool, and make new friends during group dinners at a selection of Denver’s hottest restaurants.
EXPERIENCE — Enjoy a beer at historic Union Station during the Summit’s opening reception, take in keynote sessions at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, and get a jump on your holiday shopping at the Denver-area social enterprise marketplace event.
The FINPYME Forum aims to improve access to finance for SMEs in Latin America and the Caribbean by providing a dynamic space for dialogue and exchange of the latest knowledge, global expertise and best practices in financial innovation that can help financial intermediaries throughout the region to improve risk management capacities and customer service in order to expand their SME portfolios.
The Pacific Microfinance Week is an initiative of the Microfinance Pasifika Network and comprises of a series of events including workshops, field visits, seminars, and a formal conference, providing the region’s most comprehensive platform for Pacific financial sector stakeholders to share knowledge, network and engage in technical exchanges to further the effective, efficient and sustainable delivery of financial services within the unique constraints of the region.
The Social Innovation Tournament is the flagship initiative of the Institute’s Social Programme. It is organised every year in a different country to reward and sponsor European entrepreneurs whose primary purpose is to generate a social, ethical or environmental impact. Three prizes are awarded by a jury, composed of specialists from the academic and business world: General Category 1st and 2nd Prizes of EUR 25 000 and EUR 10 000 respectively and a Special Category Prize of EUR 25 000. In 2015, the Special Category Prize will go to projects addressing equal opportunities issues with a special emphasis on people with disabilities. Projects are typically related to fighting unemployment, marginalisation of disadvantaged communities and promoting access to education in a wide range of fields, from education and health care to natural or urban environment, through new technologies, new systems, and new processes. The Tournament runs in two rounds. A Selection Committee comprised mainly of EIB Group experts in innovation, the environment, and other relevant disciplines selects 15 projects. The finalists are invited to a mentoring boot camp to provide them with the necessary guidance for the finalisation of their proposals. In the Final Event, all the finalists have to present and defend their project to a jury composed of social innovation specialists.
The SEEP Network’s 2015 Annual Conference will serve as a platform to highlight this evolution while acknowledging the important challenges still before us. Under the dual theme of Inclusion and Resilience, together we will explore strategies that are extending the frontiers of market development. The productive engagement in market systems of still-marginalized populations including women, poor producers, and otherwise vulnerable or disadvantaged households requires innovation. This includes new methods of financing, sustainable business models, and mutually beneficial partnerships. Promoting resilience is central to this mandate. The ability to respond to shocks is essential to ensuring long term gains for poor households as well as the sustained transformation of markets.
Now in its 9th year, the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit is designed to increase the impact, scale, and sustainability of youth economic opportunity programming. On October 6-8, 2015, the Summit will convene 460+ leading stakeholders from 70 countries to exchange knowledge that results in changed practices and improved performance. Summit participants represent multiple perspectives across sectors that include economic growth, education, food security and health.
SOCAP15 is the world's leading conference on impact investing and social enterprise. Held in San Francisco, October 6-9, SOCAP15 will unite innovators in business, tech, the sharing economy, health, philanthropy, and more to advance environmental and social causes.
The Global Impact ForumTM supports the creation of transformative solutions to the world's most pressing social challenges through partnerships and investment. The Global Impact Forum is a two-day partnering event with a uniquely forward-looking and outcomes-oriented design. The forum presents exceptional social entrepreneurs and impact leaders to an audience of potential partners. Connections are made using an efficient system that allows attendees to screen potential partners and pre-arrange one-to-one meetings. Carefully curated presentations, high-level speakers and an exciting mix of participants make attending the Global Impact Forum a powerful experience.
Cordes Fellowships provide exceptional social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises the opportunity to participate as Delegates in the Opportunity Collaboration. The purpose of the Cordes Fellowship program is to (a) open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives, (b) enrich the Opportunity Collaboration with new, emerging leaders and (c) infuse the collaborative discussions with a diversity of perspectives.
Convene with thought leaders in social change from around the world. Learn best practices and the latest techniques & technologies to meet your greatest challenges. Connect with people who can contribute to your efforts. Find people with similar challenges and learn solutions. Find organizations with resources and capabilities to help you achieve your goals. Create new paths to success. Build new and better processes, more efficient organizations, and better business models. Forge alliances and partnerships to multiply your impact.
Innovation for Financial Services is a series of specialised international events for people working with innovation in the financial services sector. The aim is to visit prime financial services centres across the world, building connections between financial services professionals and academics and enabling them to present and discuss the latest developments relating to innovations for, and within, the financial services sector.
An important moment of reflection and discussion with international experts on the development of microfinance solutions for smallholder farmers through plenary sessions and parallel workshops.
Sanabel’s 2015 conference theme will focus on “Progress towards Financial Inclusion; Global Trends and Regional Initiatives”. This year’s conference will provide a platform for all concerned stakeholders to network and share experiences, progress towards objectives, and take a closer look at global trends and regional activities which seek to achieve financial inclusion.
HWW's 2015 Investing for Impact Symposium, held on October 21st in NYC, will bring together more than 300 investors, advisors, impact experts and practitioners for an exciting lineup of speakers, panels and breakout sessions to focus on how different investors are approaching the impact space and discuss the opportunities and challenges for growth.
The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), member of the IDB Group, has organized the Foromic since 1998 and held a total of 16 forums. Since 1998, the advancement of microenterprise, and in particular microfinance, has contributed to the development of one of the most successful, fastest growing and efficient mechanisms for the expansion of income generation activities among low income and underserved populations. Experience shows that financially active and empowered MSMEs constitute one of the most effective ways to overcome the challenges of poverty. When Foromic was launched, the region had just 205 microfinance institutions serving 1.5 million clients. Today, partly as a result of the work done by FOMIN, the IDB Group, and other organizations, Latin America has become one of the most highly regarded microfinance sectors in the world, consisting of more than 1,000 institutions, supporting an estimated 20 million clients and providing over $37 billion in loans annually.
This three-day milestone event will gather stakeholders and provide a catalyst for debate, best practice, knowledge exchange, and partnerships among practitioners, policy-makers, and other stakeholders seeking to achieve significantly greater financial inclusion in the Asia-Pacific region. Participants will have an opportunity to explore cutting-edge technology and product innovations presented by industry experts and discuss their impact on inclusion efforts. They will share knowledge with fellow advocates and practitioners and find best practice solutions to the challenges they have experienced in their programs. Participants will also discuss the potential for microfinance to be the catalyst for driving entrepreneurship and SME creation in underprivileged communities.
This conference aims to facilitate debate on payment issues and offers sessions on a range of topics, including the changing landscape of payments; “partnerships, interoperability and competition” in the payments sector; strategies for customer adoption and retention; ways of creating a future without cash; regulatory issues, frameworks and movements affecting mobile financial services; and “digitisation.” Additionally, the event will include an exhibition, where approximately 40 stands will showcase products of developers and software and security companies. In addition, a “Payments Dragon’s Den” platform will offer start-up organisations an opportunity to present their products. The conference will also include a “leader’s summit,” an award ceremony and a reception.
The conference will feature panel discussions on key topics addressing an interdisciplinary audience. Additional working group sessions will deal in depth with different subtopics. Interactive sessions of approximately 90 minutes will be a key part of the conference, facilitating dialogue in small groups on emerging issues. Keynote speeches will look at the latest international, national and local insights.
The SRI Conference - on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing serves thought leaders, investors, and investment professionals in the ESG, Shareowner Advocacy, and Impact Investing space. Together, we are catalyzing the shift to a more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable economy. Now in our 26th year, The SRI Conference continues to offer a robust agenda covering innovative financial products, emerging topics, and compelling industry issues as well as its legendary networking opportunities.
Through engagement of culture, technology, design thinking, community empowerment and collaboration, developing world educators are innovating around the severe resource constraints that have hindered past educational efforts. Representing much more than just MOOCs, these models are disrupting educational traditions and providing effective opportunities for people and markets where they work. Themed Disruptive Education Models From the Developing World, this conference will challenge business educators to use the inspiration and ideas these models provide to find better ways to deliver business concepts to students and differentiate themselves in their own markets.
We're excited to bring the 23rd Net Impact Conference to Seattle, where student and professional leaders will come together to tackle the world’s toughest social and environmental problems. The challenges we face are complex, and it’s time to come together and create innovative solutions. It’s time to suit up, push your limits, and leave it all on the field. Game on!
This event will provide an opportunity for networking with European microfinance actors working in developing countries. With a quality program, specialist speakers, professional moderators, and focused participation, the conference promotes good practice and facilitates synergy amongst associates. Expert panels and interactive discussions will offer attendees the opportunity to learn more about the strategies of fellow European microfinance actors. Participants can also contribute to European responses to global microfinance challenges and share experience on common topics of interest. e-MFP Action groups also provide a focal point for a range of specialist interests.
The largest and longest-running event in our series - TBLI CONFERENCE EUROPE - is returning to Zurich in 2015. We are excited to be welcoming you at the Gottfried Duttweiler Institut in Zurich. The conference offers an extensive program addressing the latest trends in ESG and Impact Investing across asset classes. You will also find ample opportunity to network with like-minded investors and new business partners. We invite you to share your ideas, challenges and solutions and to learn about innovation and investment opportunities.
Africa is fast becoming an economic hub and an investment destination for indigenous and foreign investors. The transformation is regardless of the tradition of skepticism generated by a spate of negative reporting on Africa. Amongst the momentum boosters for this rapid economic transition is the continued growth of local pension funds as well as a trail of existing investment opportunities that attract both local and external investors. Africa Investment Funds and Asset Management (AIFAM Forum) is becoming a house-hold name that brings together a delegation of government representative, asset managers, pension fund trustees, pension fund administrators, investment consultants, private equity specialists, insurance companies and many more to talk about issues around boosting investment in Africa.
Following the first competition in 2012/2013, the Award is again on the lookout for appropriate technologies to improve basic supply in crucial areas. Inventors and social entrepreneurs are called upon to submit their simple tech innovations and related business strategies in eight categories.
Siemens Stiftung has, since the last contest, developed a comprehensive and growing Solutions Database showcasing the most promising innovations. Putting such inventions in an international spotlight, making their social impact potential visible fosters a climate of cooperation between developer and user on the ground. As members of the “empowering people. Network” the showcased projects are also supported through virtual and regional workshops, training and coaching.
This conference is meant to bring together professionals in all aspects of the mobile money sector — including policy makers, technical experts and private companies — so that they may share their insights, opinions and strategies. The scheduled topics include “why cash is still king”, cultivating behavioural change to move from cash to mobile money, and the current landscape of financial inclusion in Indonesia.
The Payment Security & Authentication Asia conference has been designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the Asian payments security landscape. Leading experts from across the ecosystem will address innovation in fraud combating, biometric authentication and customer communication.
GreenBiz 2016 brings together GreenBiz Group, The Sustainability Consortium, and ASU's Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives. We leverage our vast networks, insights and domain expertise to bring you the brightest thinkers and most influential leaders. You'll get an unparalleled in-depth look at the key challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business today. This annual forum is framed by the annual State of Green Business report, the ninth annual edition of GreenBiz’s acclaimed accounting of key sustainability metrics and trends. The report, combined with the high-wattage stage presentations, workshops and networking opportunities that have become hallmarks of GreenBiz events, makes GreenBiz 2016 an unforgettable event.