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  • Silicon Valley, CA - 3 Days
    January 23

    Fifth African Diaspora Investment Symposium

    Welcome to the Fifth Annual African Diaspora Investment Symposium! 

    African Diaspora Network continues to grow in numbers, reach, content, and commitments. Over the years, with your help, we have made tremendous progress in advancing our vision of bringing Africans and friends of Africa together to learn, engage, co-create, and co-imagine possibilities in order to better the continent of Africa and the communities in which we live. 

    Our intention is and has always been to build a global community around these four themes: Investment, Innovation, Human Capital Development, and Entrepreneurship.  For the past four years, African Diaspora and Investment Symposium (ADIS) has been our signature launchpad for reaching and catalyzing our goals. The fruits of the symposium have led to outcomes including a new series of events, initiatives, and partnerships that leverage the ingenuity of our community.

  • Virtual - 1 Day
    January 24

    Webinar: A Virtual Conversation on Decolonizing International Development Aid

    This webinar will also take place on January 29.

    Population Works Africa is committed to amplifying diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives in international development. To do so, they have developed a 30 minute presentation to introduce the concepts behind the decolonization of international development. Intended to give a brief overview for audiences who are just starting to think of how race + privilege show up in the development sector

    Conference, Webinar
  • Virtual - 1 Day
    January 24

    Webinar: Using Data to Better Understand Smallholder Farmers

    Not all smallholder farmers are the same. How can we gather meaningful information to understand the unique experiences of smallholder farmers and the specific challenges and barriers they face to increasing their income and resiliency?

    Join a diverse group of practitioners in a virtual bonfire chat about leveraging data to better understand, benefit and serve smallholder farmers. We will be joined by a number of discussants, including:

    Anthony Connor, Director of Partnerships, Dimagi
    Brent Chism, CEO, Taroworks
    Jennifer Himmelstein, Director of Corporate Analysis & Technical Assurance, ACDI/VOCA
    Nick Ramsing, Technical Director, Market Systems, MEDA

    Drawing insights from MEDA’s INNOVATE learning series, our discussion will explore questions including:

    – How can we better understand the perceived value and intra-household decision-making dynamics of smallholder farmers from a data model perspective?
    – What farm business data do we track? How do we employ a “lean” approach to collecting, storing and analyzing data?
    – How do we effectively channel insights into the design of products and services to target smallholder farming households’ value proposition?

    Conference, Webinar, Webinar
  • Virtual - 1 Day
    January 26

    Deadline: Call for Proposals – Pears Program-IsraAID Pilot Fund

    The Pears Program for Global Innovation and IsraAID, the Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid, invite Israeli companies with innovative solutions in the fields of:

    Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Technology

    Education Technology


    to apply to the IsraAID-Pears Program Pilot Fund. This is a unique opportunity to field test your technology in one of IsraAID’s humanitarian and long-term development operations around the globe.

    We are looking for affordable, off-grid, durable, and sustainable technological solutions, addressing one of the challenges described here. Selected startups will receive mentorship for pilot designing and funding for field testing in one of IsraAID’s locations.

    Conference, Webinar, Webinar, Challenge
  • Sonoma, CA - 3 Days
    January 29

    2020 World-Changing Women’s Summit

    Imagine being in the heart of wine country, connecting with hundreds of other women-identifying change agents who are using the power of business to make the world a better place.

    Picture yourself meeting fellow female business leaders on a guided hike overlooking vineyards or laughing with your peers over a meal of locally sourced ingredients from women-owned vendors.

    This is the World-Changing Women’s Summit:

    a heartfelt retreat of mission-driven women* among the rolling hills of Sonoma — a place to intentionally slow down and incubate connection, inspiration, and rejuvenation with other incredible women.

    Conference, Webinar, Webinar, Challenge, Conference
  • Virtual - 1 Day
    January 30

    Webinar: Expanding the Cashbox: Linking Saving Groups to Financial Services

    Join this special webinar to hear speaker Karen Lewin, Product Director of VisionFund International, as she presents the results and lessons learned by VisionFund in implementing a savings group linkage loan product in four countries: Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana and Zambia.

    The aim of the report is to share practical findings on keys to success in linking with savings groups in ways that improve household well-being and are sustainable and scalable. The report outlines the key risks for financial service providers (FSPs) in lending to savings groups (including portfolio quality, fraud and over-indebtedness) and describes practical ways of mitigating those risks.

    Conference, Webinar, Webinar, Challenge, Conference, Webinar
  • New York, NY - 1 Day
    February 13

    Investing for Impact: 2020 Vision

    Investing for Impact ‘2020 vision’ will explore how after years of advocacy to become mainstream, the impact investment community now faces a different challenge: as more institutions and actors pile in, there is a growing fog and confusion about what impact investing really means, and how it intersects and overlaps with other linked domains like sustainable finance. Long-time impact investment voices also worry that charlatans are moving in, offering products with questionable impact credentials.

    Who are the real deal socially conscious visionaries who have a plan to save or upgrade capitalism? What do they have to say to the sceptics that already dismissed social impact investing as a public relations exercise for an industry with a poor image? How to separate and capitalise on the authentic desire to do good from plain salesmanship rhetoric?

    The Economist Events’ Investing for Impact summit returns to its fourth year in New York to take stock of an eventful time for the industry, to examine how it can deepen its reach, learn from failures and roadblocks, and leverage the latest developments in technology. We will dissect and analyse interlinked issues including the emergence of a new generation of young investors; the rise of fintech, robo-advisors and digital finance platforms, and the implications of political fragmentation.

    We will convene, under the chairmanship of Economist editors, leading financiers, institutional investors, policymakers, academics, impact investors and philanthropies to also discuss and debate how large-scale financial institutions are thinking about their impact ventures, the rising investor appeal of disruptive environmental technologies, from renewable energy to alternative protein, and the alignments between faith-based investing and social impact.

    Conference, Webinar, Webinar, Challenge, Conference, Webinar, Conference
  • Nairobi, Kenya - 3 Days
    February 18

    Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo 2020

    GOGLA and The World Bank Group’s Lighting Global Program are excited to invite you to the next edition of the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo, 18 – 20 February 2020 in Nairobi.

    The Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo is the premier meeting of the off-grid solar sector providing a unique platform for knowledge exchange, networking and showcasing off-grid solar products and services. The event aims to accelerate the development of the global off-grid solar market contributing to achieving universal energy access by 2030.

    Conference, Webinar, Webinar, Challenge, Conference, Webinar, Conference, Conference
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