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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    January 12

    ICT4D Partnership Conference

    The ICT4D Partnerships Conference on January 12 is an inclusive virtual event for 2000+ global actors involved in digital development and humanitarian response collaborations.

    • Strengthening cross-sector partnerships in times of physical distancing
    • First-hand advice on responsible data sharing, ethical tech considerations, and capacity building
    • Good practice for establishing, maintaining, and evaluating strategic collaborations

    FREE TO ATTEND for individuals representing an organization involved in digital development or humanitarian response or supporting those (e.g. implementer, technology, research, government, policy maker, community-based organization) and actively involved in building, managing or evaluating partnerships. -> Register HERE




    New partnership models

    • Innovating together: co-creation of digital development initiatives and early access partnerships with product providers
    • Partnering for scale
    • Innovative social media partnerships

    Supporting local partners

    • Discussing shift of shared decision making and responsibilities
    • Impact of COVID-19 on how we establish and manage partnerships

    Ethical considerations in ICT4D partnerships

    • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning collaborations
    • Health data sharing

    Teaming up for capacity building

    • Ed-tech collaborations
    • Data literacy: diagnosing data capacity and designing fit-for-purpose training programs
    • Capacity building and data sharing in humanitarian GIS partnerships

    Multi-sector partnerships and knowledge exchange

    • Cross-sector partnerships for safeguarding
    • Risk and legal considerations of partnership agreements
    • Designing Information Systems with Health and Supply Chain End Users

    -> Download draft agenda with more information:

    ICT4D PARTNERSHIPS CONFERENCE – Draft for Website Dec 16


  • Virtual - 1 Day
    January 12

    Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be… An e-MFP/FIF UK Webinar on ‘Encouraging Effective & Inclusive Savings’

    The Financial Inclusion Forum UK (FIF UK) and the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) are pleased to invite you to join us for an open-to-all expert discussion on the state-of-the-art in savings behaviour and what different financial services providers are doing to innovate in the design and delivery of savings to low-income households and businesses.

    For the last several years, e-MFP and the Financial Inclusion Forum UK hold an annual joint event which delves into the topic of the most recent European Microfinance Award (EMA), jointly organised by the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP), the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, and the Inclusive Finance Network Luxembourg ( In 2020, the topic of the EMA was “Encouraging Effective & Inclusive Savings” and it received a record field of applications from financial service providers across the world who are innovating in how to design and deliver savings products suited to clients’ real needs – and how to encourage low-income groups to usefully save.

    Savings is a broad, complex and vibrant area of the financial inclusion sector, with rich new learnings about what works (and when – and why) that are summarised in e-MFP’s recent paper on the topic together with the factors for success from the EMA2020. But as the consequences of Covid-19 become clearer, one thing that has stood out from the Award process is that understanding clients’ savings motivation  and, from that, providing them with access to inclusive savings – for consumption smoothing, long-term planning and, especially now, strengthening household resilience to sudden shocks – is more critical than ever.

    For this discussion, we are delighted to welcome:

    • Laura Litvine, who is Principal Advisor and head of the French office of the Behavioural Insights Team;
    • Govinda Bahadur Raut, who is Head of Micro and Small Banking at Muktinath Bikas Bank in Nepal –  winner of the European Microfinance Award 2020 for its adapted solidarity group savings model;
    • Janet Hayes, who is project lead of Savings at the Frontier, an initiative of Oxford Policy Management and Mastercard Foundation; and
    • Abed Darko, who is CEO of DSS Platform Ltd, a fintech in Ghana serving susu enterprises which is partner organisation of the Savings at the Frontier initiative.

    The session will be led by Sam Mendelson, who is a Board Member of FIF UK and Financial Inclusion Specialist at e-MFP, part of the core EMA design and evaluation team and lead author of Encouraging Effective and Inclusive Savings.

    The webinar will take place on Tuesday, January 12th, 2021, from 2-3pm UK time (3-4pm CET). We hope to see you then!

    Time: 9:00 – 10:00 AM EST

  • Virtual - 1 Day
    January 12

    Driving Road Safety and Traffic Management Through Emerging Technologies

    Road traffic crashes are an epidemic in India. It is not only a public health issue, where around 1,50,000 people lose their lives on Indian roads every year but also an economic one. The country loses $58 billion, or 3% of its GDP, every year due to road traffic crashes.

    Any road traffic system is highly complex and could act as a potential hazard to human health.  While the majority of road crashes are often attributed to human error, poor road safety is the result of a combination of factors that also include the external driving environment and vehicle performance. Often times in the urban context, it is the vulnerable road users such as non-motorised road users (cyclists, pedestrians) as well as persons with disabilities or reduced mobility who bear the brunt.

    In the era of big data and artificial intelligence, data-driven and technology-based transport governance could act as a catalyst for safer and better managed streets. These evolving technologies have the potential to identify complex patterns and carry out tasks which humans can do but are labour-intensive and hard to scale, thereby offering a decision support in road safety and traffic management governance.

    To drive integrated action towards this direction, WRI India is hosting a virtual event on the topic of ‘Driving road safety and traffic management through emerging technologies’. The event will address some of these key themes on urban roads, convening engineers, traffic police, transport planners, policy makers, road safety experts and technology providers for a discussion on the need and ways to integrate relevant technology tools in road safety and traffic management governance frameworks.


    • Mr. Anil Kumar IPS, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Hyderabad City Police
    • Mr. Vijay Kumar IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police(Traffic), Cyberabad Commissionerate
    • Mr. Ziauddin Mohammed, Chief Engineer, GHMC
    • Mr. Anurag Priyadarshi, Founder, Scientist Technologies
    • Mr. Ranjeet Deshmukh, Founder, Road Bounce
    • Mr. Vikram Gupta, Founder, Awiros
    • Mr. Mohamed Jasim, Co-Founder, Traffitizer Technologies
    • Mr. Visweswara Rao, Associate Director, IBI Group (Yet to confirm)

    Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM IST / 5:30 AM – 7:00 AM EST

  • Virtual - 1 Day
    January 12

    TIIP and Moving the Market’s Systemic Social Risk Project: Recommendations for Addressing Social and Financial System Risks in the Wake of COVID-19

    The Covid-19 pandemic exposed that global social and financial systems were just one disruption away from disaster. It exploited a series of pre-existing vulnerabilities in these interdependent systems that have been increasing in scope and severity for decades.

    As of early December 2020, Covid-19 has killed more than 1.5 million people worldwide, sickened more than 65 million more, created extreme volatility in global financial markets, and triggered the most devastating global economic depression in nearly 100 years. This, despite widespread stay-at-home orders and mandated business closures, and despite governments spending nearly $10 trillion dollars as of June 2020 to support capital markets, workers, businesses, and families impacted by national shutdowns.

    In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing economic disaster – and in partnership with Moving the Market (MtM) – The Investment Integration Project (TIIP) launched the Understanding systemic social risk project to help policymakers, regulators, and investors understand why global social and financial systems have been so quickly and easily devastated by a single social disruption (the Covid-19 pandemic) and to recommend how they can help to make these systems more sustainable and resilient to inevitable future disasters.

    TIIP and MtM will co-host the final project webinar on January 12, 2020 at 11:00am ET to detail the roadmap findings and recommendations, share TIIP’s thoughts on next steps for the financial industry and its plans for operationalizing them, and discuss ways that others can partner with TIIP and get involved.

    It is the final in a series of project webinars that aim to give industry stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback on the project and its next steps.

    Time: 4:00 PM London / 11:00 AM EST