Innovations that transform lives…where do they happen? In sophisticated labs? Using ultra-modern technology? And advanced equipment?
No. Not always.
Because when an idea or an innovation is driven by empathy towards the less-privileged and the determination to resolve their hardships, the way forward inevitably appears before you. Everything around you becomes a resource. Whatever you place your hands on, becomes a valuable equipment. And you realize that you are inside one of the grandest labs…a lab called life.
Infosys Foundation is back with its second edition of Aarohan Social Innovation Awards with the aim of recognizing and rewarding individuals, teams or NGOs that are developing solutions for the social sector (Healthcare, Destitute Care, Rural Development, Women’s Safety & Empowerment, Education & Sports and Sustainability) with the potential to positively impact the underprivileged in India at a large scale.
Last year, from 1800+ registrations, 12 social innovators won up to INR 1.75 Cr. Hurry up! The submission process starts on 15th July 2019 and ends on 30th September 2019.
Earlier this month, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) and The Investment Integration Project (TIIP) released a new report that identifies the challenges and opportunities for sustainable investing in Japan at the “Impact Investing Forum 2019” hosted by the Japan Social Impact Investment Foundation and the Japan National Advisory Board of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investing.
The report, entitled Sustainable Investing in Japan: An Agenda for Action, examines why few Japanese investors incorporate sustainable investing into their practices and recommends breakthroughs needed to grow the practice in Japan. English and Japanese versions available for download: https://www.tiiproject.com/new-report-from-spf-and-tiip-helps-advance-sustainable-investing-in-japan/
During the forthcoming webinar William Burckart, TIIP’s President and co-author the report, will provide an overview of key findings. He will also be joined by a panel of experts that are supporting investors’ embrace of sustainable investing and working to bring it into the mainstream in Japan.
This side event is on September 30 before the AFRACA International Conference on Best Practices in Rural and Agricultural Finance Oct 1-3.
Hosted by MEDA INNOVATE, this side event showcases lessons and partner journeys to learn, test and document the experience of how non-traditional finance can support smallholder producers to uptake agricultural innovations and technologies in Kenya and Rwanda. The side event also aims to stimulate dialogue and discussion around the MEDA INNOVATE learning agenda on relevant themes and topics for the region with special focus on non-traditional financing models, gender and women economic empowerment.
Speakers include Calvin Miller and INNOVATE partners Bidhaa Sasa, Dodore Kenya Ltd., and World Relief Rwanda.