Save the date to join Economist editors and 200 financiers, institutional investors, policymakers, academics, impact investors and philanthropists at the second iteration of Investing for Impact: Risk, return and the future of the world. Thursday, February 15th, 2018, New York City.
The discussion at this year’s conference will cover the ways in which the world is at a crossroads, and how the growing uncertainty is creating an increase in interest from investors.
Inequality is rising. Climate change is starting to make its presence felt, as the international effort
to fight it falters. Economic globalization, which has delivered huge increases in prosperity for many but not all, is under threat from nationalistic populism. There are good reasons to believe that the world will continue to prosper; yet, far more than in recent years, there are also good reasons to worry that things could take a serious turn for the worse.
Investors can see where the world is heading and how that changes the outlook for risk and return and thus how they should put their capital to work. This greater interest is leading to a growing recognition that investors can play a crucial role in determining the result of this battle of seismic economic, social, technological and geopolitical forces, investing in ways that help the world move in a positive direction, rather than decline, and make money as they do so.
As with the previous Economist summits on investment and impact, speakers and audience members will include leaders from the world’s premier financial institutions, wealthiest families, largest companies, innovative startups and most influential foundations. The conversation and debate will be challenging, cutting through the hype to focus on the real issues that will determine whether investing for impact remains niche, or becomes a revolutionary agent of global change.
Convincing BoP clients to try a new and beneficial product such as a clean cookstove, and even to invest in buying it, does not ensure that they will keep using it and reap the corresponding benefits over the long term. In this webinar, Hystra and BURN Manufacturing will explore mechanisms that help ensure customers’ loyalty and motivate regular product use, inspired by global best practices in the cookstove industry and beyond. This webinar is part of a three-part series “Changing Behavior: Frameworks and Approaches to Strengthen BoP Markets” hosted by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance), Practical Action, Hystra, and BoP Innovation Center. Consisting of three distinct sessions, presenters will discuss insights, learnings, and successful case studies of changing behavior around the purchase and adoption of household products among BoP consumers. This series is an initiative of the Global Distributors Collective (GDC), a consortium of organizations led by Practical Action that is working to strengthen and scale the capacity of last mile distributors to reach the world’s poor with life-saving and life-changing products.