On Thursday, Dec. 17, Devex and the International Fund for Agricultural Development will host the third and final online event as part of the Recovery. Rebuilding. Resilience. series, which aims to shed light on how rural communities are facing, and often overcoming, the potentially devastating impacts of COVID-19 and other shocks to their health, productivity, and incomes.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, food systems around the globe faced notable challenges, including the impacts of climate change and other man-made disasters. Now, social distancing, restrictions on movement, and broken supply chains are making it even more difficult to grow, transport, process, distribute, and sell food.
This event, hosted in the lead up to the Food Security Summit in 2021, will highlight the urgent need to guarantee accessible and affordable quality foods for all – especially as the economic consequences of the pandemic deepen. We will explore how to make projects more nutrition sensitive, but also look at the importance of addressing malnutrition by supporting the availability of nutritious local foods, balanced diets, and efforts to address and combat obesity.
Time: 9:00 AM ET / 3:00 PM CET
From initiative to movement: help to achieve a financially healthy society.
The 4th edition of the TFI Summit will empower and connect change-makers from all around the world. Relevant solutions, the latest research, new ideas and creative thinkers… TFI Summit 2020 is set up to inspire change makers in collaborating and amplifying insights that can make (or are making) a difference in creating a financially healthier society.
17th December: Register Now
Attendees will be (virtually) a part of an important conversation around how research and innovation can help to achieve a financially healthy society. Featuring keynote speeches, the latest research, a panel discussion and interactive sessions.
Below you will find the full program of TFI’s Summit, which will be broadcast live on December 17th, from 10:00 until ± 16:00 CET. Use the registration form below to register for the full broadcast and choose the sessions you’re interested in. Once registered, you will receive a personal link to the live broadcast on the day of the event.
Choose a masterclass you want to join (one session per round):
- Round 1: Game: Poor for 1day – hosted by Nibud. Note: 1.5 hour, max 60 persons
- Round 1: How to apply behavioural science in business – hosted by BehavioralEconomics.com
- Round 2: Up for change! A platform initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Finance to enhance financially healthy consumer decisions – hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Finance
- Round 2: How to Become a Financial Health Business – hosted by Marisa Walster from the Financial Health Network
Time: 10:00 CET
The Heads of the e-MFP Green Inclusive & Climate Smart Finance Action Group are pleased to invite you to this webinar on Microfinance and Climate Change. They are confident the results of this study will be useful for the industry.
Second webinar of a series – organised by the e-MFP’s Green Inclusive & Climate Smart Finance Action Group
In this webinar, the Foundation Grameen Credit
Agricole will share with participants a study it conducted among its partners on climate change. Most of its partners are Tier 2 and 3 MFIs, with a high proportion based in Africa and having a strong presence in rural areas. To fine-tune the analysis, the Foundation collected information by segregating their partners based on their Green Index scores. The results of the study showed, for example, that 47% of their partners believe that they have a specific role to play in the fight against climate change, as 61% can see a real demand from their clients regarding the subject. The Foundation will also present the actions it has taken based on the results of the study to develop its own strategy linked to environmental issues.
Philippe Guichandut, Foundation Grameen Credit
Moderator: Davide Forcella, Head of GICSF AG, YAPU Solutions, CERMi
Time: 4:00 PM CET / 10:00 AM EST
A virtual fireside chat with Reinventure Capital’s Ed Dugger.
About this Event
Note: This program is a Live Webinar and Q&A that is accessible from any web-enabled computer or mobile device. Premium members of Impact Entrepreneur get complimentary admission to all live and archived webinars.
Impact Investing in Camels, Not Unicorns with Edward Dugger III
Venture investor Edward Dugger III’s extraordinary success investing in diverse and inclusive companies has been based on a very different approach than the unicorn model widely adopted by Silicon Valley venture capitalists. Informed by a learned historical understanding of cultural change and his own critique of socio-economic transformation — which, in a recent post, he calls The Third Reconstruction — Dugger has focused on building “camel caravan portfolios.” “Contrary to unicorns, camels prioritize profitability over growth so they can effectively survive and thrive in harsh environments with limited resources. Low failure rates coupled with low cash burn and profitable growth translate into high performing investment returns.”
The results of his approach to camel investing speak for themselves. While only six to ten percent of unicorns become successful investments, Dugger’s camel caravans have historically had a sixty percent success rate, with a 30% IRR. In this live fireside chat and audience Q&A, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker welcomes Reinventure Capital’s Edward Dugger III for an expansive journey through the history of social justice investing and into the present, where we will discuss his investment philosophy and spotlight some of his favorite impact “camel” enterprises.
EDWARD DUGGER III’s VC career began at age 25 and accelerated at age 27 when he became CEO of one of the larger venture capital firms in the nation, backed and mentored by such board directors as the CEO of Morgan Stanley and the Chairman of the Executive Committee of JP Morgan. As head of one of the earliest impact VC funds, he invested in growth industries to consciously expand business opportunities for entrepreneurs of color, achieving an IRR of 32% during its last decade. In addition to generating a top quartile return, Ed also helped launch some of the nation’s most successful African American controlled companies, both private and public, and assisted them in attracting over $2 billion in conventional capital, while achieving 30% diversity among managers and employees and generating over 7,000 family supporting jobs.
Most recently, Ed has responded to our nation’s current challenges, stemming from persistent racial, social and economic inequities, by forming Reinventure Capital. Once again, he is targeting the vast, untapped reservoir of innovative, entrepreneurial talent, comprised of those of color and women consistently overlooked by the mainstream investment community. In so doing, Ed is implementing a proven contrarian investment playbook, as before, ensuring an impact rich return on capital AND inclusion.
LAURIE LANE-ZUCKER is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, an impact economy business that hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network, a 26,000 member global network of entrepreneurs, investors and scholars. Impact Entrepreneur is a cornerstone field building, research and educational player in the social impact space, and a consulting company that works with blended value companies, impact investors and academic institutions. For nearly 30 years, Laurie has been a “pioneer” (Forbes) and recognized leader in sustainability, social enterprise and impact investing. Laurie was the founding Executive Director of the international environmental organization, Orion Society, which publishes the celebrated Orion Magazine, as well as the founder of a global sustainability think-tank, the Triad Institute, and Hotfrog, a Founding B Corporation, GIIRS Pioneer Company, and the first company ever to complete an equity transaction on an impact investment exchange.
Laurie is the bestselling and multiple award-winning publisher and editor of books and magazines on sustainability and social impact, having published, edited and written the introductions for celebrated works by Wendell Berry, Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez and David James Duncan. He is the author of numerous articles on entrepreneurship and impact investing, and is the co-founder of the Place-Based Education movement, having coined the term with Dr. John Elder, and published, edited and written the foreword for the first book on that growing pedagogy. His current writing projects include two chapters (both co-written) for a forthcoming textbook, Sustainability: Business and Investment Implications by World Scientific Publishing. Laurie is also a lifelong student of world wisdom traditions and is the former Executive Director of Seven Pillars House of Wisdom, a nonprofit organization founded by Pir Zia Inayat Khan focused on advancing wisdom in service of social and environmental healing.
Impact Entrepreneur’s Luminarias Webinar Series features reflective conversations with the leading lights in impact investing and entrepreneurship.
Time: 12:00 – 1:15 EST