A Devex Event Co-Hosted by the World Economic Forum
About the Event:
In the wake of COVID-19, we must capitalize on the opportunity to reset the economic system and build one that incentivizes sustainable and inclusive economic growth with strong private sector participation. By leveraging the power of the 4IR, renewable energy, innovative financing and resilience mechanisms, ocean’s economy, smart policy for investment facilitation and economic diversification, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) can become thriving economies of the future.
On Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, Devex and the World Economic Forum will co-host an online event, Catalyzing a new future: From small islands to great ocean states. Together, we will highlight the steps we must take to move the needle on inclusive economic growth and how to put Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at the forefront. The COVID-19 pandemic proved existing systems and resources were woefully ill-prepared and insufficient to protect communities and markets from health, socio-economic and political shocks. The pandemic accelerated the fragility of local systems and underlined the importance of long-term resilience building. Any proposed solutions must include the world’s most vulnerable populations living in low-income and/or conflict-affected contexts.
Time: 7:00 AM ET | 1:00 PM CET
From Displacement to Development: Challenges and Opportunities to the Economic Inclusion of Venezuelans in Colombia
- Helen Dempster, Assistant Director & Senior Associate, Center for Global Development
- Martha Guerrero Ble, Program Associate, Refugees International
- Lucas Gómez, Advisor to the President of Colombia for the Colombian-Venezuelan Border
- Taimur Samad, World Bank
- Ana Eugenia Durán, IOM Chief of Mission in Colombia
- Fredy Laiton, Representative of Sunshine Bouquet
- Toni Vitola, Vice President of COLVENZ, Venezuelan community in Colombia
- Stéphanie López, Non-resident contractor, Labor Market Access Project at Center for Global Development & Refugees International
In the past years, the economic, political, and social collapse of Venezuela has pushed over 5 million Venezuelans to seek protection abroad. With around 1.8 million Venezuelans, Colombia is hosting more displaced Venezuelans than any other country in the world. Colombia has implemented a robust humanitarian response and measures to integrate them into the economy. Yet, despite the generous support, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans still face practical and legal barriers to obtain formal jobs. A situation that has been exacerbated due to COVID-19, which has caused massive layoffs in Colombia, with particularly devastating effects to Venezuelans.
This event, organized by Refugees International and the Center for Global Development (CGD) as part of the “Let Them Work” Initiative, will discuss the status of the economic inclusion of Venezuelans in Colombia, its potential benefits, and possible solutions in the context of COVID. Panelists and speakers will discuss the dynamics of Venezuelan economic inclusion and possible solutions to generate opportunities and development for all.
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 ET
Monthly CASA Agri-Business Breakthrough Webinars
About this Event
This series of webinars will feature evidence and analysis by the CASA programme and partners to support the commercialisation of agriculture in emerging markets across the developing world. The series is aimed at investors, investor supporting institutions and a range of groups that have a direct impact on the investor climate for agri-business. The topics and design of the series will: showcase solutions to the most common challenges in agri-business for inclusive growth and support investment facilitation in agriculture in emerging markets.
Each webinar will last one hour and take place on the last Wednesday of the month until 2024. The webinar will typically feature a combination of researchers and agri-business experts. Crucially, discussion will focus on actionable take-aways (‘breakthroughs’) for audience and panellists. The series will start with an extended focus on building better following the damage wrought by COVID-19.
The next webinar – 27 January 2021
The under-served middle in agriculture investing – What is it and why does it matter?
This webinar debates the impact potential of investing in the “under-served middle” versus investing in larger and better established agribusinesses, often referred to as elephants (read CASA’s paper on “Bridging demand and supply”). The discussion will feature the CASA research brief: The Underserved Middle: Defining excluded enterprises in agricultural value chains. Reflecting on financing gaps and needs, the discussion will draw on published data and market analysis to provide clarity to the investor community and their financing partners on opportunities for investing in SME agribusinesses sourcing from smallholder farmers.
Panellists include Louise Fox (Ex-Chief Economist, World Bank and USAID), Brian Milder (Founder and CEO, Aceli Africa), and Mat Hague (Research Technical Adviser, CASA).
Login details will be emailed out to registered attendees a few hours before each webinar.
Time: 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM EST
Isn’t investing all about return and philanthropy all about impact? How can investing both make a profit and do something good?
About this Event
Free Workshop #3 for The Fledge Angel Accelerator
Last week we explained how philanthropy and investing are connected. This week we build on that to show how impact is defined and measured, and to show how there are a plethora of options of early-stage investments can blend doing good with doing well.
The Angel Accelerator not only teaches you how to invest in early-stage and growing companies, but how to do that as an impact investor, either balancing returns and impact or maximizing both. Your choice.
This is the third of seven free workshops providing a taste of that program.
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Three other free workshops will follow weekly before we ask participants to sign up for the full 12-week, weekly program.
Hopefully by the end of the program the world will be opened back up, recovering from a year of lockdowns, etc. The entrepreneurs have already begun the rebuilding and have plans on building back better. Now is a great time to take a few hours, learn these new skills, and be ready to fund the new economy.
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The Fledge Angel Accelerator is a training program for U.S.-based Angels, teaching the skills needed to confidently invest in startups, especially those doing good through business. This is Angel Investing 101, 201, and 301, focusing on the key knowledge needed to be an Angel investor, learned by making actual investments.
Open to all Americans, accredited or not, whether you know what that term means, or not.
More details at theAngelAccelerator.com
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 PM EST