It has been a difficult few months and during this time we at e-MFP have engaged with our members and friends to mobilize resources and adapt our activities to best mitigate the effects this pandemic brings to our sector and the vulnerable people we as a community serve.
One of our flagship activities is European Microfinance Week held annually in November and with it in mind, we have been closely monitoring the public health situation globally. Now more than ever it’s vital to connect and gather together the inclusive finance world to find solutions to the most pressing issues of the sector.
However in the face of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve taken the decision to gather responsibly and this year EMW 2020 will go online 18th – 20th November.
TBLI is the worlds leading authority on ESG and Impact Investing (investing 2.0) and has been educating and advising institutional investors for over 25 years. Our story is to make the financial system work for all. Explore investment opportunities and learn about latest trends in the ESG & Impact Investing! TBLI Conference ASIA will be the 40th TBLI CONFERENCE.
What to expect?
▪ A carefully curated program addressing a diverse set of topics of interest for both ESG as well as Impact Investors.
▪ Networking opportunities with a diverse, high-quality audience
▪ TBLI Workshops on case studies, market analysis and lessons learned
▪ Interactive TBLI Masterclasses on opportunities, innovation and risks
▪ Entrepreneur Salons featuring pre-qualified entrepreneurs
▪ High-Level Plenary Sessions with experienced investors, social entrepreneurs, and Responsible Investment specialists
Join us to learn from Jane Reisman and Veronica Olazabal, sharing how to integrate standards, use different frameworks for different sectors, and incorporate learnings from the data to make strategic decisions.
Jane Reisman — Actively contributes to strengthening measurement practices in impact investing as an advisor and leader, including
1) An advisor to The Rockefeller Foundation, GIIN, the Mission Investors Exchange, and DFID
2) Co-leader of the World Economic Forum Action Group on Evidence and Cases
3) A chair of the American Evaluation Association’s Social Impact Measurement Group
Veronica Olazabal — Actively contributes to strengthening measurement practices as,
1) Supervisory Board, World Benchmarking Alliance
2) Senior Adviser and Director, Measurement, Evaluation, and Organizational Performance, Rockefeller Foundation
3) Director, Board Of Directors, American Evaluation Association
Jane and Veronica have outline best in class impact measurement norms and practices in the Global Handbook of Impact Investing (https://amzn.to/3cuXfkZ).
The Rockefeller Foundation has recently launched the first Annual Impact Report for our Zero Gap Fund (https://bit.ly/33YdhQC), which features our IMM approach.
This program is a Live Webinar & Q&A accessible from any web-enabled computer or mobile device.9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM EST
Organizations traditionally invested in collecting data face-to-face focused on learning and adaptation this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While very challenging, it is a process of adapting to new circumstances that bore lessons in resourcefulness. One important lesson focuses on the different modes of data collection that can be used and combined for more strategic and economical project planning.
In this webinar we will discuss lessons learned and demonstrate SurveyCTO features to support remote data collection based on the two following scenarios:
Use case 1: Government health facilities around the country have been tasked with providing screening and testing for COVID-19. A broad range of data points are crucial to observe as independently as possible and track over time concerning medical supplies and personal protective equipment.
Use case 2: An organization with a mandate to grow the capacity of small farmers is looking to implement and track an intervention. Qualified small farmers must be recruited, with their farms evaluated, and tracked over time to evaluate outcomes.
Participants will gain technical knowledge using multiple data collection methods as well as have the opportunity to discuss best practices and challenges within these two use cases.
Time: 9:00 AM EDT
The upcoming Chat for Impact in the time of COVID webinar will offer an opportunity to explore the learnings and opportunities of chatbot solutions since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic in March. Register today.
Taking place on November 18th at 2pm (UK time), the webinar is being presented by Fundación Capital and Turn.io, both having developed systems to use Chat for social impact.
This important conversation will spotlight the role of Chat as an easy way for people to access credible and accurate information on the rapidly changing measures against the pandemic and its impact on people’s social and financial lives, and for governments and organisations to provide it through a direct channel.
Panelists will include Andy Patison (WHO), Rodrigo de Reyes (Fundación Capital), Shahed Alam (Noora Health), Debbie Rogers (Praekelt.org) and Hansel Quintero (Hora Cero). They will share their journey and experiences developing the global WHO’s Health Alert, the Con Héctor virtual assistant in Colombia, the ContactNDOH line and HealthCheck in South Africa, the Noora Health messaging service in India and the Chatbot Hora Cero in Nicaragua.
The webinar’s moderator is Catherine Cheney, Senior Reporter for Devex – a media platform for the global development community. In that role, Cheney covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology, innovation, and philanthropy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented growth in the digital transformation of education, business, government activity, human interactions and society at large,” adds Turn.io’s Co-Founder Gustav Praekelt. “Chat has had a crucial role in this transformation by
validating the use of chat platforms like WhatsApp, to amplify the reach of real time, credible information on health measures, financial health, business digitisation, security and others. We are excited to share our learnings and challenges with a broader audience during the webinar.”
“In almost half a year of work against the pandemic, chat solutions for good have had extraordinary results and learnings,” says Fundación Capital’s Nelly Ramírez, VP of Advanced Digital Services. “The webinar will explore these as well as look at the challenges that a pandemic brings to the response capacities of social impact organisations and initiatives.”
The chatbots to be highlighted during the webinar are:
- WHO Health Alert: The World Health Organization’s free, automated 24-hour WhatsApp Health Alert which provides up-to-date Covid-19 information including, the latest global figures, how the virus spreads, symptoms and treatment via a user friendly menu of options. WHO HealthAlert also offers an interactive Stress Management guide which helps you learn practical skills for management of stress during these unprecedented times.
- Con-Héctor: A two-way virtual assistant that connects people at the base of the pyramid with relevant content, mentoring, resources, goods and services in order to improve their quality of life (economic citizenship) based on their specific context. It was deployed when lockdowns began in Colombia, Mexico and Peru to support people at the base of the pyramid who were losing their livelihoods, and women in particular as intimate partner violence was increasing. As a WhatsApp based virtual assistant, in 4 months it has reached 1,708 users with over 12,869 interactions.
- ContactNDOH line and HealthCheck: ContactNDOH is the South African National Department of Health’s COVID-19 Response Line. The WhatsApp-based helpline was developed in March to deliver accurate, up-to-date information to South African citizens during the ongoing pandemic. HealthCheck is a COVID-19 digital self assessment tool which allows for early detection, mapping and management of COVID-19 cases using USSD and the official COVID-19 WhatsApp Service (COVID-19 CONNECT).
- Noora Health: ‘Care Companion’ is the Turn.io based messaging service that helps empower family caregivers of patients after health events such as childbirth or surgery. Evidence based medicine meets design to convey culturally appropriate content and answers to questions when families need them the most. Care Companion is available across 150+ hospitals in 4 states in India. Noora Health also supports the Government of Bangladesh Health Department’s WhatsApp based COVID-19 information service, and a healthcare worker specific line as well.
- Chatbot Hora Cero: It provides scientifically verified and WHO approved information on the COVID-19 pandemic in Nicaragua, where the government is curbing citizen’s ability to access facts about the disease. The chatbot includes information about the disease, a myth-buster and a self check test for users to be empowered to make decisions on their own health. Users can also access a medical and mental health hotline.
Among the topics that the webinar will address are the problems that needed solving by the chat services in the spotlight, how the solutions came to be, in what ways the chatbots have
helped people, how they evaluate and measure impact and, importantly, what learnings they have found crucial during the pandemic and how they perceive their role in the future as some countries experience a second wave.
To register to attend visit http://bit.ly/ChatforImpactNov
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Time: 2:00 PM UK / 9:00 AM ET
Can contact between groups reduce discrimination and prejudice, and build social cohesion? Rebuilding social ties in divided societies is a core aim of much peacebuilding and development programming. Programs that aim to reduce prejudice through contact with other groups have built on decades of social psychology research on prejudice reduction, which suggests that contact between divided groups can effectively contribute to prejudice reduction and social integration.
This webinar will share emerging insights from two studies in India and Iraq, funded by IPA and J-PAL’s joint Governance, Crime, and Conflict Initiative (GCCI), which together shed light on the ways in which contact with other groups may reduce prejudice, and the ways it may not. Danjuma Dawop from Mercy Corps Iraq will additionally discuss the implications of this new research for programming and practice, particularly in conflict-affected contexts. A 10-minute Q&A will follow the presentations.
Structural racism is not just an American issue; it is a global issue. In the second installment of our Rhetoric to Action series, join Renay Loper, Vice President of Program Innovation at PYXERA Global; Ambily Banerjee, Director at GSK (U.K.); Rebecca Stevens, Head of Global Health Partnerships at Novartis (Switzerland); and Bruno Honorio, Researcher, Content Analyst, and Social Listening Expert at QuintoAndar (Brazil) to explore what corporations need to know as they forge ahead in fulfilling their commitments to dismantling structural racism.
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST