DFS Lab invites growth-stage startups and tech companies to join us in Tanzania April 8-12, 2019to work with the team behind the Mojaloop platform at our bootcamp.
Mojaloop, supported by the Gates Foundation, aims to create an interoperable payments systems for mobile-first emerging markets to address the biggest challenges for retail financial services. The DFS Lab is offering a group of leading technology and financial service companies an opportunity to work with the team behind the Mojaloop platform in a closed-door session to explore how Mojaloop can be used.
Mojaloop is open-source software for financial services companies, government regulators, and others taking on the challenges of interoperability and financial inclusion.
The event, a 5-day design sprint and hackathon, will offer participants an in-depth look at Mojaloop, an opportunity to build solutions in collaboration with the Mojaloop platform developers and a chance to prototype products and features on the Mojaloop stack.
Co-hosted by MIX and FinDev Gateway, this webinar aims to provide clarity into inclusive fintech and, specifically, how to determine what makes a fintech “inclusive.” Bringing together diverse perspectives from government, think tanks, and practitioners, the webinar will highlight new frameworks that can help investors, policy makers and others to better understand, assess, and navigate the inclusive fintech space.
Attendees will leave the webinar with a deeper understanding of how to determine: What Makes a Fintech Inclusive?
In July 2018, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and Impact Entrepreneur Center brought together four dozen individuals from three continents for a summit in Massachusetts. Leaders in systems thinking, philanthropy, impact investing and ‘new economy’ models, these individuals share an interest in creating economic, financial and investment systems that serve people and planet, not the other way around. The organizers created the short-hand term ‘impact economy’ to represent this objective.
To date, efforts to create an impact economy have been piecemeal. Many organizations today are helping to solve seemingly intractable problems and demonstrating the possibility of moving beyond incremental change to real transformation. But their success rests on their ability to shift the complex systems in which those problems exist – and that is influenced by many factors, not least how they are funded, that add up to a meaningful transition to a new status quo. To that end, philanthropy and impact investing could do more to build this impact economy and create sustained support for social transformation from the bottom up. Currently too few funders support the infrastructure required to scale the growth of alternatives to the mainstream.
Following two days of discussions at the convening mentioned above, a call to action was proposed towards philanthropic organizations – first to use their capital in a way that more directly supports the development of an impact economy; and, second, to align their investments and actions overall with the underlying values inherent in an impact economy. The result was a roadmap to guide philanthropy’s role towards an impact economy.
In this live webinar and Q&A, the Summit co-conveners will summarize the key points of this call to action and discuss with a panel of senior philanthropic professionals the role of philanthropy in building an impact economy.
Fragile and Conflict Affected States (FCAS) present both unique challenges as well as opportunities in terms of women’s economic empowerment. Women are often the most vulnerable during and in the aftermath of conflict, as many might be left without families or traditional support mechanisms. However, conflict can also bring about major shifts in the social roles that women play, with the proportion of female-headed households often increasing and women assuming more economic responsibility within the household and market.
This webinar will explore how development practitioners can work with market actors in fragile, conflict-affected and post-conflict states to promote women’s economic empowerment and inclusion. Drawing on specific examples from AWEF’s work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the GROW project in Liberia, as well as a cross-section of case studies looking at financial inclusion specifically, the speakers will share practical lessons on how practitioners can adapt their approach to women’s empowerment and inclusion when working in what are often very thin and aid-dependant markets. Presenters will look in particular at practices that aim to empower poor and disadvantaged women to ensure that women are not left behind as part of the market recovery processes.