Each year, the Annual Conference is the largest gathering of ANDE members. The event is targeted at senior executives of ANDE member organizations, including leading investors, capacity development providers, foundations, banks, corporations, DFIs, and research institutions. The highly interactive agenda features workshops on solutions to common challenges, networking sessions, and plenaries with leading thinkers in the Small and Growing Business (SGB) space.
This year, given the recommendations to continue social distancing practices as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, they are excited to convene members across geographies and time zones in a virtual format. To accommodate their global members, the conference’s core hours will be 8-11 am and 6-9:30 pm ET.
In response to ANDE’s strategy and current events, this year’s conference will focus on four thematic pillars:
- Climate and Environmental Action: How can we support SGBs to scale to address climate change within their communities while increasing environmental sustainability in their own operations?
- Gender Equality: How can we support women entrepreneurs and improve opportunities for women in the SGB sector?
- Decent Work and Economic Growth: As COVID-19 has dramatically impacted SGBs, how can we ensure the sector continues to be a driver of economic growth in emerging markets?
- Diversity and Equity in Action: How can we create equitable spaces, elevate underrepresented voices, and drive change towards justice within our own organizations and the broader SGB sector?
ANDE has designed an interactive and solution-focused event framework which will encourage opportunities for reflection and accountability in their actions. They hope that participants will feel reinvigorated and supported by this network to continue action beyond the event itself.
Please continue to refer to this page leading up to the event, as we will make updates as additional details are finalized.
Time: 8:00 – 11:00 AM ET & 6:00 – 9:30 PM ET
In the moment we’re in today — months away from a pivotal presidential election, in the midst of a global pandemic and a reckoning around social and racial justice in our country — many are concerned that climate issues may be pushed to the back burner.
Despite this, we’ve seen many climate activists become further galvanized by all that’s happening, pointing out how climate justice and racial justice are inextricably linked and warning that the horrors of the coronavirus pandemic are merely a dress rehearsal for what’s to come in a scenario of unchecked climate change.
Join Hannon Armstrong CEO Jeffrey Eckel and 3BL Media on September 22 at 1 p.m. ET for a conversation on how business leaders can harness the moment we’re in to push for greater urgency on climate action.
Hannon Armstrong is the first U.S. public company solely dedicated to investments in climate change solutions, providing capital to leading companies in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainable infrastructure markets.
Time: 1 PM ET
Periods of uncertainty often provide the dynamic conditions within which innovation accelerates, and it’s increasingly important for investors to get ahead of those catalysts of change.
There’s no shortage of variables making daily life and long-term planning difficult right now. This means that it’s never been more important to take action toward achieving financial goals. A well-designed investment strategy can help investors protect assets in downturns, and accelerate growth in upturns.
Please register for this webinar to hear thoughts on current and expected market conditions, and how one might position their investment portfolio to get ahead of what’s next…and benefit from it.
Time: 2:00 PM MT / 4 PM ET
Contact: Rebeca Yoshisato
In 2018 and 2019 the global impact investing market continued to grow, now estimated at approximately USD $715 billion. The Latin American market reflects similar trends, though it faces unique challenges and opportunities, and there is relatively little data available to characterize the specific nature of investors and deals in the region.
This report aims to capture characteristics of the impact investing sector in Latin America over the past two years based on a sample of impact investors active in the region. Through institution-level and deal-level data shared by these investors, this report gives a snapshot of where and how capital is being allocated and identifies challenges that the ecosystem faces.
Time: 3pm – 4:30pm CDMX and Bogotá | 5:00pm to 6:30pm Brasília | 4pm – 5:30pm ET
Presented by The Social Impact Exchange & Morgan Stanely.
This year has laid bare the truth and consequences of leadership in all forms, interpreted in many different ways. What do we mean when we talk about leadership? And what sort of leadership do we need right now? In this year of existential issues—a growing imperative to achieve racial equity, coping with a global pandemic, addressing an emerging recession, and perhaps the most consequential U.S. presidential election of our lifetimes—we need leaders who can bring us together to achieve true systems change.
The Exchange 2020 offers funders of all types and leaders from the nonprofit, corporate, and public sectors, two full days of thought-provoking and inspiring conversations and tangible solutions that consider unifying leadership as a key that will help us unlock doorways to addressing a series of critical challenges:
- Racial inequity
- Philanthropy’s moment of truth – how can the field act now to transform society?
- The future of capitalism
- Health and climate change – a global threat
- Recovery, resilience, and transformation in the wake of COVID-19
- Equitable financing of education, economic development and health
Space is limited; register today!
Behavioral Economics Guide 2020 Launch – What Can Behavioral Economics Contribute To Tackle the Threat of Climate Change?’
The Think Forward Initiative have joined forces with BehavioralEconomics.com, to bring you the forthcoming online event – ‘Behavioral Economics Guide 2020 Launch – What can behavioral economics contribute to tackle the threat of climate change?’
This two-hour live streamed panel will be introduced by Mark Cliffe and will feature the following guest speakers:
Moderated by Ian Bright (ING New Horizons Hub) Elke Weber (Princeton)
Paula Papp (Frontier Economics)
Helena Rubinstein (Innovia Technology)
Henry Stott (Decision Technology)
Aline Holzwarth (Center for Advanced Hindsight)
Time: 4pm (BST) / 5pm (CEST) to 6pm (BST) / 7pm (CEST).
In the wake of COVID-19, millions of workers and students are facing new financial challenges brought on by business and school closures, disrupted income, and more. To support these struggling workers and students, the 2020 Accelerator Companies are building solutions that create opportunity and catalyze financial health.
Join them for this free live event to:
- Explore emerging trends in worker and student finhealth
- Hear challenges and solutions for navigating a volatile economic environment as an early-stage fintech
- Meet the 2020 Accelerator Companies Climb Credit, Edquity, Finli, and Summer
- Learn more about their platforms and how they’re innovating to meet changing customer needs during the pandemi
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm CT / 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Digitizing Payments: A Critical Path To Inclusion and Resilience? Lessons and Insights From Emerging Markets
As part of Mastercard’s goal to connect one billion people to the digital economy, this event explores lessons and insights from digitizing payments in the government and private sectors and why it’s so important in the age of COVID-19.
COVID-19 has underscored just how critical inclusion in the digital economy is to financial security: The World Bank estimates that over one billion people have received a COVID-related cash transfer from their governments since the crisis began to help them meet basic needs.
Digital payments enable rapid social protection payments to low income households. They enable workers to receive payments remotely without having to travel when workplaces are suspended. And they enable cashless services, such as sending remittances or topping up airtime without having to visit busy markets. But digitization doesn’t guarantee inclusion on its own: For digital payments to lead to financial inclusion and security, digitization efforts need to address usage, behavior change, and the needs of women from the beginning.
This event will convene a discussion on inclusive digitization and share insights from key pilots and programs around the world. As COVID-19 accelerates the digitization of the world’s financial systems, it’s imperative that we learn from what has worked to ensure maximized financial security, inclusion, and impact.
Confirmed speakers include:
• Payal Dalal, Senior Vice President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth (moderator)
• Marjolaine Chaintreau, Private Sector Digital Innovation Lead, Better Than Cash Alliance
• Peter McConaghy, Policy Advisor, Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA)
• Christine Svarer, Director, HERproject
• Matthias Thorns, Deputy Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers
Time: 8:30 AM ET