The current COVID-19 pandemic is not only a global health crisis, but a social and economic crisis that has disproportionately affected women by exacerbating already existing and intersecting forms of inequality. The negative economic impact of lockdowns and the decreased demand for goods and services often produced or provided by women are posing a real threat to women’s employment, livelihoods, and economic empowerment.On July 15, 2020, Devex and the CDC Group will convene a group of experts to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on women’s economic empowerment and livelihoods — as well as to explore some of the solutions that can help ensure their access to finance, job opportunities, and career growth. We’ll specifically explore the role that impact investors, financial institutions, responsible investors, and the private sector could play in sustainable job creation and why this must be at the forefront of the economic recovery post-pandemic.
Pre-COVID, all eyes were on Indonesia as a hotspot for innovative finance. As the pandemic pulls away the curtains of development finance, the country is coming to terms with the fact that finance wasn’t really working for the 99%.
Although innovative finance holds great potential for #BuildingBackBetter, the real situation is dire, with:
- Limited information on how big multilateral dollars will reach the 99%
- Donor countries turning inward and investor funding drying up
- An urgent need to move from relief to COVID-resilience
Join IIX for a virtual discussion on how to make finance work for the last mile. Session features:
- Mr. J. Rizal Primana, Senior Advisor at Bappenas (Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning)
- Ms Ita Rulina, Director of Bank Indonesia Macroprudential Department
- Mrs Felicia Barus, Head of Bank Indonesia Institute Academy of Leadership and General Management
- Prof. Durreen Shanaz, Founder and CEO of IIX
- Robert Kraybill, Chief Investment Officer of IIX
This webinar will start from 10:00am WIB (GMT+7) to 11:00am WIB (GMT+7)
The objective is to discuss key issues and challenges SMEs face in West Africa, resources available to them and strategies to adopt in the new business environment. In addition, we would discuss what investors look for in African SMEs and the barriers to funding.
Time: 10 am in West Central Africa
The crisis of COVID-19 is imposing significant development challenges across multiple socioeconomic dimensions and disrupting the design of the current social system, urging us to embrace new ways of thinking and doing for problem-solving. With the imperative demand for rapid responses, data in the public sector is gradually becoming the new normal in the governments’ decision-making process. Addressing policy questions like physical distancing measures, impact on the labor market, and readiness for reopening the economy with the support of real-time data are the top priorities in many governments.
In spite of the urgency for reaction, fast is not the direction. Questions regarding the ethical and responsible use of data even for the public good are still lacking definitive answers. The potential bias of data representation especially for the vulnerable communities in the society needs to be factored in the decision-making and be addressed with innovative approaches. Embedding a long-term lens with a purpose for future resilience in policy responses and intervention design is important to ensure solutions developed today are sustainable.
We are pleased to invite you to join a webinar with data.org on Harnessing Data Science for Social Transformation in the Context of COVID-19 on Wednesday, July 15, at 6 pm ICT/7 am EST organized by the Regional Innovation Center, UNDP Asia Pacific.
As part of its commitment to building the field of data science for social impact, data.org has launched a $10 million Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge to support and catalyze data science solutions supporting recovery and resilience, especially in the wake of COVID-19. The Challenge is accepting applications by July 17th, 11.59 pm ET.
During the webinar, Katherine Townsend (Chief Operating Officer) will provide additional context on the purpose of the challenge, the selection criteria and how it is meant to spur new data solutiosn in the context of COVID response.
Time: 6 pm in Bangkok
Join us and data.org for a roundtable discussion around data science for social impact in Latin America with the Center’s Arturo Franco, Evan Tachovsky (The Rockefeller Foundation), Caitlin Augustin (DataKind) and moderator Katherine Townsend (data.org), learn more about the Challenge and have the opportunity to ask questions.
Time: 11 am ET (US and Canada)