This edition of faiVLive brings together expert practitioners and researchers to discuss how we should be thinking about the impact of COVID-19 and pandemic control policies on poor households in developing countries, what policy interventions are plausible and possible, what role does microfinance have to play, and what needs to happen to enable the global microfinance industry to be useful now and six months from now.
Greta Bull, CEO of CGAP and a director at the World Bank Group
Deborah Burand, Professor of Clinical Law at NYU and the Co-Director of the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship
Shameran Abed, Senior Director, Microfinance and Ultra Poor Graduation Programs, BRAC
Neville Crawley, CEO, Kiva
Jonathan Morduch, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, NYU-Wagner, and a founder and Executive Director of the Financial Access Initiative
Stuart Rutherford, Leader of the Hrishipara Financial Diaries; founder and Chairman of Bangladeshi financial services co-operative SafeSave, and
Supported by the Mastercard Impact Fund, in collaboration with Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
Time: 9 am ET
We recognize that things are tough, quickly changing, and finding the support founders need maybe even more difficult in these times. Yet, the solutions that many founders are working on are increasingly important.
Please join us April 13th at 1pm ET for a virtual conversation to hear about how one tool, Abaca, could support you in identifying where your business is currently at and help you plan for the future.
More about Village Capital: Over the last decade, Village Capital has trained more than 1,100 early-stage entrepreneurs through our investment-focused programs, across sectors (Finance/Fintech, Sustainability, and the Future of Work and Learning).
Village Capital helps entrepreneurs bring big ideas from vision to scale. Our mission is to reinvent the system to back the entrepreneurs of the future. Our vision is a future where business creates equity and long-term prosperity.
Webinar: Can Wood-Pellet Biomass Electricity be Sustainable? Examining Supply Chain and Market Impacts
Modern woody biomass energy has been around for more than 100 years, yet the global wood-pellet biomass electric industry has only started growing significantly and receiving a lot of attention in the last decade . The global wood-pellet market, for both thermal and electricity generation, is projected to grow at a rate of 8.6% CAGR for the next 4 years, largely as a result of European legislation, subsidies, global certification programs, and demand for clean renewable energy. The sustainability and carbon footprint of wood-pellet biomass electricity varies case by case as wood sourcing and supply chains differ. Europe is the largest market for wood-pellets for electricity generation, but the Asia-Pacific regions will occupy more of the market share in the coming years, especially in China, India, and Southeast Asia. North America, especially America, is playing an increasingly important role in wood-pellet production for electricity generation that influences other parts of the world and cannot be ignored.
To stay ahead of the wood-pellet market, which is projected to exceed USD 19 Bn by 2025, investors need to better understand the sustainability of wood-pellet biomass electricity generation. This Boundless webinar will be moderated by Robert Eckard, a Boundless Expert on life cycle modeling for biomass and the Senior Strategy Scientist at Momentum. The webinar’s panelists are Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP & Chief Sustainability Officer at Enviva, a prominent wood-pellet biomass company, Charles Levesque, a Boundless Sustainable Forestry Expert and President of Innovative Natural Resource Solutions, LLC, and Dr. Paul Meier, Director of Climate Impact at Boundless Impact Investing. Additionally, Boundless’s climate impact assessment tool and its application to Enviva will be featured. Don’t miss this fascinating discussion on sustainability of wood-pellet biomass electricity.
Funded by the U.K. Department for International Development and working in Jordan and Egypt, the Arab Women’s Enterprise Fund (AWEF) stimulates increased women’s economic empowerment through a market systems approach. AWEF has been one of DFID’s flagship women’s economic empowerment programmes and the first to innovatively apply a market-systems development approach to enhance women’s participation in markets.
Over the past five years of implementation we have learned a lot about the practicalities of applying a market systems development (MSD) lens to delivering access and agency benefits for disadvantaged women. Through our interventions we have aimed to embed new models and practices that change how market actors engage with and empower women as consumers, producers and workers.
As AWEF comes to an end in April 2020, the purpose of this webinar is to share emerging lessons and results on the unique AWEF approach and to present lessons from our upcoming Practitioner Learning Brief on Making Digital Finance Work for Women in the MENA Region. The webinar will focus on practical learning and aims to encourage others to apply a similar MSD-Women’s Economic Empowerment (MSD-WEE) approach within existing or new programmes in the MENA region and globally.
Time: 9 – 10 am EDT
Our session will include key advice based on readiness questions below, and 30 minutes of open Q and A.
Expert facilitators include:
Cathy Clark, Faculty Director of CASE and CASE i3 at Duke
Caroline Bressan, Managing Director of Open Road Alliance
Anushka Ratnayake, CEO of MyAgro
Key topics they will cover:
- Cash and cash management
- Managing internal and external stakeholders
- Time for a new business model? How do you adjust?
- Approaching new investors with the right ask
Background questions for entrepreneurs to consider:
- What can your board do to help you through this challenging time?
- What are your bad and worst case scenarios and how would you navigate through them?
- What has to change about your business model to survive this crisis?
- Mulago Foundation: Lessons from those who’ve been here before
- Westaway: The Entrepreneur’s COVID-19 Playbook
- Palladium Impact Capital: Supporting Entrepreneurs in a Time of Crisis
Time: 12 pm EDT
On April 16, 2020, Devex, Satellite Applications Catapult, IPP CommonSensing, and the UK Space Agency will convene a digital panel of experts to draw attention to the need for more and better financing to support climate resilience in Small Island Developing States. The high-level panel will generate insights and perspectives on the ways in which finance towards climate change can be improved in low- and middle-income countries, how financing mechanisms can be better tailored specifically for Small Island Developing States, and what the future of climate finance looks like. They will also explore the role of projects such as CommonSensing in helping to mitigate the devastating effects of climate change and extreme weather events in the Pacific region.Join the online conversation using #TurningtheTideTime: 3 pm ET
Despite breakthroughs in innovation, our generation is faced with serious challenges when it comes to addressing the reality of climate change, reducing economic and gender inequality, and tackling poverty around the world. In finance, the transition to sustainable investments is not yet happening at the pace and scale needed to meet the SDGs.
Yet these challenges can be met only if we can measure the effectiveness of our response.
In this Masterclass, learn how to measure impact and sustainability from our CEO, Professor Durreen Shahnaz as well as IIX Advisors from The Wharton School, Stanford University, and Social Value UK. By the end of the course, you’ll gain:
- A global understanding of the impact measurement ecosystem
- Knowledge of how to refine your impact measurement strategy to improve your investment portfolio
- Mastery of IIX’s widely-accepted impact assessment approach, valued by investors, donors, and enterprises