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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Friday
    August 12
    2022

    Cryptocurrency and Sustainability: The Energy Debate Lunch & Learn Virtual Series

    The power consumption of blockchain technology has become its latest flashpoint. Critics condemn it as an energy hog while proponents hail it for being less intensive than the current global economy.

    The trading of Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalisation, currently consumes an estimated 150 terawatt-hours of electricity annually — more than the entire country of Argentina, a population of 45 million. It represents not only a climate dilemma – when the world is still heavily reliant on fossil fuels, but possibly a social one – cryptocurrency operations have already been blamed for blackouts in places like Iran and Kazakhstan due to its strain on national power grids.

    While there are those who think the very foray into blockchain is a profligate misallocation of resources, others say the technology’s youth means there is still much room for innovation in using power more efficiently and connecting systems to greener grids.

    There’s also the benefits which blockchain technology brings to the world – especially in making financial transactions faster, safer and more transparent. The technology is also already being developed to improve the integrity of ESG mechanisms like verifying sustainability reports and monitoring supply chains.

    How do these benefits weigh against the industry’s power consumption and the need to rapidly decarbonise? Is the technology a zero-sum game against the environment, or are there ways to exploit it sustainably? How do we get stakeholders to care more about its risks to environment and people?

    Join the discussion on Cryptocurrency and Sustainability: The Energy Debate.

    12:00 SGT | 12:00 AM EST

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Tuesday
    August 16
    2022

    Increasing Impact Data Capacity for Social Entrepreneurs: Session Two: Survey Creation / Data Collection

    Welcome to the Sopact and Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship Summer Data webinar series.
    Why is having data so crucial to social enterprises?

    1) Data helps you learn more about your stakeholders.
    2) It improves resource allocation and program decision-making.
    3) You may need it for reporting and forecasting.
    4) Understand what is essential to your customers on a deeper level.
    5) It helps serve your customers better, increasing revenue and delivering better experiences.

    The webinars will take a step-by-step approach to learn how to map the data to already prioritized outcomes, collect or connect data sources, and get insight that is material to the enterprises.

    The participants will have three hands-on sessions.

    This session is about filling the gaps identified in session one. For example, organizations often lack outcome data. In that case, you most likely have to design stakeholder surveys.
    We will share our knowledge about framing the questions that align with the Five Dimensions of Impact.
    Go over different methodologies to collect stakeholder data.

     

    Time: 11:00 AM EST
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  • Virtual - 3 Days
    Tuesday
    August 16
    2022

    ANDE South Asia Convening 2022: Resilient Entrepreneurship

    Event description: ANDE India is delighted to announce that we are hosting the first ANDE South Asia Convening this year, in partnership with Bangladesh Angels, BetterStories Ltd, SAFAL Partners, Hatch Sri Lanka, National Incubation Center Karachi and PakTek Hub. We look forward to convening experts from across the region to discuss and share insights on strengthening the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Join in as we discuss climate and environmental entrepreneurship, gender equality in small and growing businesses (SGBs) and resilience in SGBs.

    Who is this convening for? If you are an Entrepreneur Support Organization (ESO), investor, funder or someone who works supporting small & growing businesses in multiple aspects, this convening is for you!

    Stakeholders working with SGBs are aware of how critical it is to foster an atmosphere that is encouraging of risk-taking, offer access to finance, and the abilty accomplish all of this quickly enough to have an effect yet slowly enough to allow for development. If you are someone who is part of the ESO network, this convening will provide access to discourse that will be vital for your work moving forward. We also encourage entrepreneurs and SGBs to attend, if the topics are of relevance and interest.

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  • Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg - 2 Days
    Tuesday
    August 23
    2022

    Power & Electricity World

    Built on 25 years of history, Power & Electricity World Africa is about innovation, investment and infrastructure – energy for the people!

    We are accelerating Africa’s cleaner sustainable energy future.

    It is about the big ideas, new technologies and market disruptions that are enabling this energy transition and bringing conventional generation, transmission, distribution and onsite energy into the lower-carbon clean energy future.

    Our event is a multi-branded vibrant exhibition, intentionally designed to seamlessly represents the convergence between conventional generation, lower-carbon innovations and renewable energy solutions.

    Power and Electricity World Africa, co-located with The Solar Show Africa is the definitive event that brings all these elements together, under one roof – new technology, efficiency, new thinking, and best practice in the industry.

    An event that unites all leading stakeholders – energy utilities, IPPs, government, regulators, associations and consumers. Large energy users in all industries, energy start-ups and incumbent innovators too.

    Our mission is to maintain this forum as the industry meeting place for all customers looking to do business in the energy space, that is why every aspect of our event has been engineered to drive innovation, excellence and collaboration.

    Our conference is a C-level platform that focuses on global trends as well as how market players can capitalise on business opportunities across the continent.

    Year on year, the event and conference provides our partners with access to over 650 African utility and IPP decision makers, who traditionally are difficult to reach. 2022 will be no different and we are excited to welcome back the industry to our live event!

    Power & Electricity World Africa continues to be the meeting place for buyers, sellers and their partners to do the deals that drive Africa’s energy sector, so it is with good reason that over 40 African countries attend each year.

    Combining our history with our passion for innovation, we are committed to bringing you a unique and forward-thinking event for you to promote your brand, generate new business and sales leads and spearhead the growth of your business.

     

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Thursday
    August 25
    2022

    Impact-Linked Fund for Gender Inclusive Fintech

    The Impact-Linked Finance Fund, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) proudly present the launch of the Impact-Linked Fund for Gender Inclusive Fintech (ILF for GIF). The ILF for GIF is a highly innovative fund that strives to trigger gender-transformative impact in the financial inclusion sector.

    By providing catalytic capital and using Impact-Linked Finance instruments, the Fund incentivizes fintechs to achieve deeper gender impact and substantially improves their ability to scale. Eligible fintechs from Sub-Saharan Africa, MENA, or Asia have to meet at least one of the 2X Challenge Criteria. A special focus of the ILF for GIF are fintechs serving vulnerable women, such as migrants.

    Meet Jessica Espinoza from 2X Collaborative, Sana Kapadia from GenderSmart, and other partners and experts for a highly inspiring discussion about how innovative finance can push the boundaries in gender inclusion and migration.

    The Impact-Linked Finance Fund is a joint initiative by Roots of Impact and iGravity.

     

    08:00 AM EST
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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Tuesday
    August 30
    2022

    Bankable Mini-Grid Site Development

    For many areas beyond the reach of the central grid, mini-grids are the most cost-effective solution for extending electrical service in rural areas. Falling costs and rising investment have seen a rush of investment into this space throughout Sub-saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. This webinar will present DNV’s experience developing 125 microgrid sites in Zambia under a grant from United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and explore how this experience can inform the mini-grid site development process in other countries. Our presenters, who will include the DNV Energy Access team and a representative from TESCO, the survey firm DNV partnered with in Zambia, will focus on:

    • Designing an appropriate site evaluation criteria
    • Coordinating field work for accurate and efficient surveys
    • Preliminary mini-grid design
    • Navigating the political and regulatory landscape of mini-grid deployment

    Unable to attend?
    Please register here as we will send out the recording after the webinar to all registrants.

    Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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  • Lagos, Nigeria - 1 Day
    Friday
    September 2
    2022

    ANDE West Africa In-Person Networking Event

    The ANDE West Africa chapter is excited to invite you to an in-person networking event. This event which is open to both ANDE members and non-members aims to create a space for networking and collaboration among key players in the West African entrepreneurial Ecosystem.

    Please note that following ANDE’s COVID-19 protocol, all participants are required to wear masks and maintain a certain distance between themselves.

    Please contact Christine Anene if you have any questions.

    Time: 6:00 PM WAT |1:00 PM EST

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  • Virtual - 2 Days
    Monday
    September 5
    2022

    3Zero World Forum

    Since its launch in 2008, the Convergences World Forum has become a key event for all the professionals who seek innovative solutions to fight poverty in the world. The Forum offers experts and decision-makers a space for learning, networking and high level sharing to build answers together to the social and environmental challenges both in northern and southern countries.

    In 2022, the 3Zero World Forum – Zero Exclusion, Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty – a unique place of dialogue for the construction of a fair, inclusive and sustainable world, calls once again for the gathering of all those who act for change! As the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development deadline comes closer, it is our common responsibility to recognise the scale of the task ahead and to act accordingly.

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