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  • New York, NY - 1 Day
    Tuesday
    September 26
    2017

    Innovations in Financial Inclusion: an evening with the CEO Working Group

    The Microfinance CEO Working Group (MCWG) cordially invites you to join an intimate cocktail reception with the CEOs and their Digital Financial Services staff to discuss digital technology and the innovations that are shaping the industry.

    The evening will feature presentations from Michael Schlein of Accion; Shameran Abed of BRAC; Rupert Scofield of FINCA International; Steve Hollingworth of Grameen Foundation; Maria Cavalcanti of Pro Mujer; and Mary Ellen Iskenderian of Women’s World Banking.

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  • Washington, DC - 3 Days
    Tuesday
    September 26
    2017

    OFN Conference 2017: CDFIs Invest

    CDFIs are an essential part of our nation’s financial ecosystem. And we are here to stay. Our work takes us where mainstream capital is scarce. We empower people to act in the best interests of their communities, themselves, and future generations.

    Highlights:

    Keynote Sessions: The OFN Conference features top industry leaders speaking on our general session stage. Confirmed speakers include Counselor to the Secretary of the US Treasury Craig Phillips and CDFI Fund Director Annie Donovan.

    Industry Awards: The OFN Conference is the place where we recognize leadership, commitment, and innovation in our field. Awards to be presented  include:

    • Ned Gramlich Lifetime Achievement Award for Responsible Finance: Our industry’s highest honor, it is presented annually to an individual who has advanced the opportunity finance field through a lifetime of action and results.
    • Native Awards Ceremony: The 12th Annual Native CDFI Awards ceremony on Wednesday night honors this year’s Circle of Honor and Visionary Leader awardees.
    • Justice Grant: Selected by the Conference Co-hosts, this award is made on behalf of OFN Conference attendees to a nonprofit organization whose mission is consistent with OFN’s core purpose of aligning capital with social, economic, and political justice.

    OFN Membership Meeting: This year, OFN Members convene to welcome new OFN President and CEO, Lisa Mensah! Members will cast votes to fill four open seats on the OFN Board.

     

    CDFIsInvest on the Hill: As Congress continues to work on the FY18 budget, they need to hear from constituents like you who know first-hand about the impact CDFIs have nationwide. Register by Friday, August 25 to advocate for the CDFI industry on Capitol Hill! This event is open to all Conference attendees. Participants are responsible for scheduling their meetings with members of Congress and their staff.

     

    Breakout Sessions: More than 60 breakout sessions across 12 tracks, including Financial Resources, Financial Management and Operations, Healthy Communities, Impact, Collaborations, Public Policy, and more!

     

    Networking Opportunities: From facilitated networking sessions to designated networking locations to informal networking at the OFN Expo and in the halls, you’ll love all the opportunities to interact with your colleagues from across the country, and meet exhibitors serving the CDFI Industry.

     

    Tours: Get out of the hotel and into our nation’s capital to see CDFI impact in action. This year’s Conference tours highlight D.C. neighborhoods, giving attendees a feel for the breadth and depth of CDFI impact by showcasing a variety of CDFI financed projects in each neighborhood.

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  • Park City, San Francisco, New York - 3 Days
    Tuesday
    September 26
    2017

    Five Fund Forum 2017

    An opportunity for institutional investors, family offices, investment advisors, foundations to meet impact and sustainable funds.

    The event profiles five investment funds with differentiated criteria to Family Offices, Foundations, Institutional Investors and Advisers. Funds are selected based on multiple criteria including: management team, track record, and investment strategy. This event showcases innovative fund managers in the diverse sectors. The event is structured to include group presentations and one-on-one meetings to maximize attendees ability to interact with the fund managers. There is no fee for attendees.

    September 26: Park City

    September 27: San Francisco

    September 28: New York

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  • Washington, D.C. - 3 Days
    Wednesday
    September 27
    2017

    Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit

    The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit is a global convening that brings together 500+ leading stakeholders from 55 countries to connect, exchange, and collaborate. Now in its 11th year, the Summit is the largest convening of its kind in North America for the youth economic opportunities community.

    The 2017 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit theme will explore what the future of work holds for young people in developing contexts and for professionals working to expand youth economic opportunities globally in a changing world of work.

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  • Nairobi, Kenya - 2 Days
    Wednesday
    September 27
    2017

    Africa Food Security Conference

    THEME : CLOSING THE ‘PRODUCTIVITY GAP’

    Africa’s economic future depends on success in agriculture, which in turn depends on empowering famers (especially smallholder farmers (with less than two hectares) – who constitute about 80% of all farms) – to increase productivity by adopting modern farming methods. However, success in agriculture which in turn ensures food security can be a daunting task. There are myriad factors and interrelated parts that, in combination, make food security a complex challenge.
    This 2 day conference will kick start discussions addressing the needs of a dynamic food security program. Climate change, agri inputs, water scarcity, land rights, fairer agricultural policies, technological developments- all of these issues and more will be addressed as we seek ways to infinitely maximize the crop yields on existing resources in- face of ever-decreasing farm size due to land subdivision as Africa’s population grows. The Exhibition will run alongside the event and will show case latest technologies and other innovative products and solutions.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    September 27
    2017

    WEBINAR SERIES: Reaching Scale to Access Energy

    5.30pm Mumbai | 3pm Nairobi | 2pm Paris | 8am Washington D.C.

    Overcoming challenges for solar success beyond peri-urban areas of East Africa and India

    While energy access has increased as a proportion of the population, in absolute numbers there are still almost as many households without access as there were 8 years ago. More than one billion people still do not have access to electricity, most of them living in remote rural areas. With the tremendous momentum observed in the energy access space over the recent years, why have solar energy companies only been able to serve a fraction of the off-grid population?

    In this two-part webinar series, Hystra, in partnership with the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business and the Inclusive Business Action Network, draws on learnings from over 26 pioneering practitioners to explore how to overcome the two critical challenges to the replication of off-grid solar energy companies: distributing in frontier markets, and scaling up financing.

    20th September 5.30pm Mumbai | 3pm Nairobi | 2pm Paris | 8am Washington D.C.

    This webinar will explore solutions for distributors of solar lanterns and home systems to scale up beyond the peri-urban markets of East Africa and India. With inputs from solar company Lumos and experience from USAID, Hystra will share lessons drawn from the observation of pioneering models. These will range from rural areas, where margins on entry-level products are too low to pay for sales agents, and where consumer reassurance and quality of service are critical, to emerging markets with less favorable regulatory environments (e.g. lower solar awareness, higher landed costs, absence of mobile money, lower income levels), where alternative distribution models are needed.

    About the Panelists

    François Lepicard, Network Partner at Hystra, will introduce the discussions with insights drawn from Hystra’s latest report on access to energy.

    Ron Margalit, Principal, Blended and Impact Investments, will share his experience of the Nigerian market.

    Maurice Kent, from the USAID Global Development Lab, will talk about the support USAID is bringing to companies entering new geographies.

    Markus Dietrich, from the Inclusive Business Action Network, will facilitate the webinar.

     

    Webinar 2: Scaling up financing

    Innovative structured financing for solar companies

    27th September 5.30pm Mumbai | 3pm Nairobi | 2pm Paris | 8am Washington D.C.

    Solar companies cite financing as the primary bottleneck of their growth. While the equity space is crowded, the need for working capital debt will likely keep growing with the entry of new players, the acceleration of leaders, and replication to new countries. With under-developed local capital markets, solar companies struggle to cover currency and duration risk. The securitization of future payment streams is being increasingly considered, with little experimentation. Given the size of solar companies, a multi-issuer, subprime-type vehicle could be a solution. In this webinar, Hystra will share findings on innovative structured financing in this space and guest panelists will share their experiences of finance models on the ground.

    About the Panelists

    François Lepicard, Network Partner at Hystra, will introduce the discussions with insights drawn from Hystra’s latest report on access to energy.

    Piyush Mathur, CEO of Simpa Networks, will share his experience about securitization and Pay-As-You-Go.

    Molly Doyle, from USAID Scaling Off-Grid Energy, will provide insights on USAID’s efforts to encourage local financing.

    Markus Dietrich, from the Inclusive Business Action Network, will facilitate the webinar.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    September 27
    2017

    Webinar: How are we changing humanitarian action?

    As humanitarians we spend a lot of time debating what needs to change in our sector and why. But do we look enough at how that change happens?

    Humanitarians, willingly or not, usually find themselves surrounded by change in some shape or form. It can come as an unexpected shift that escapes any plans or structure, or it can happen as a planned programme such as Humanitarian Reform, The Transformative Agenda (TA), and now the Grand Bargain.

    Yet despite the ubiquity of change, and the time, money and energy that is spent on change initiatives, very little attention has been paid to the processes that make change happen in the humanitarian system.

    At a time when there are many calls to transform the fundamentals of humanitarian action, join Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) for a discussion around how change can be effectively achieved, focusing on one of the most significant change initiatives underway, the Grand Bargain. The conversation builds upon ‘Transforming change’, a new ALNAP study that captures the ideas and insights around change processes from the panels, presentations and discussions at the 31st ALNAP Annual Meeting in Stockholm this past February.

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  • Stockholm, Sweden - 2 Days
    Thursday
    September 28
    2017

    TBLI CONFERENCE NORDIC 2016

    Explore investment opportunities and learn about latest trends in the Nordic Market on ESG & Impact Investing!

    The Fourth TBLI CONFERENCE NORDIC will be held in Stockholm, hosted by Nasdaq.

    What to expect
    • A carefully curated program tailored for both ESG and Impact Investors
    • Practical Workshops with case studies, market analysis and lessons learned
    • Interactive TBLI Masterclasses on opportunities, innovation and risks
    • High-Level Plenary Sessions with seasoned ESG investors, entrepreneurs, CSR and SRI specialists
    • Entrepreneur Pitching Salon featuring pre-qualified businesses

    Curious to explore our previous TBLI CONFERENCES NORDIC? Click here

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