How can we build a truly equitable economy? This June, SPECTRUM will gather multicultural changemakers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, and investors from around the country for a virtual event focused on closing the racial equity gap. For three days, the SPECTRUM community will share tools, networks, and knowledge while collaborating on ways we can build new systems that support and drive capital to leaders of color and increase access, embrace inclusion, and drive impact in communities across the country.
The conversations we are planning for SPECTRUM are more urgent now than ever. This pandemic is shining a light into the cracks in our systems where inequities live and affect our most vulnerable populations. We have an opportunity, and a responsibility, to usher in system-level changes as a result. SPECTRUM is an important piece of pushing on the systems and creating the pathways for action to build upon.
Join us as we gather as a community to rejuvenate and lay the foundation for an equitable future.
These online forums will allow you to meet other business operators ‘virtually’ for expert-moderated interactive online discussions. Here you can raise questions on issues you might be facing and as a global community we will mobilise our collective experience and expertise to listen and try to provide practical assistance.
8:00 PM EDT June 9th / 10:00 AM AEST June 10th
Access to electricity can be transformational, but only if people also have access to the appliances and technologies needed for its use. In Sub-Saharan Africa, only 1 in 3 households has a television, 1 in 6 has a refrigerator, and 1 in 9 owns a computer. Increasing ownership of electrical appliances can turn energy access into development impact by reducing drudgery, saving time, and unlocking greater economic potential. But high-quality appliances are unaffordable for many people, particularly those who do not have access to consumer finance. Enabling consumer financing that drives appliance ownership and higher levels of electricity demand is part of a larger shift that utilities can make toward a customer-centric, service-based approach. A new paper from CGAP and CLASP, “Electric Bankers: Utility-Enabled Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa” (2020), explores how energy providers can close the credit gap and provide value for their customers.
Time: 9 AM – 10 AM EDT