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  • Virtual - -1 Days
    Thursday
    February 18
    2021

    Beyond ESG to Science-Based Investing

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    ESG has become the buzz word for investing that attempts to address Environmental, Social and Governance issues. With claims of 40 trillion going into global ESG & Impact Investing, why are the challenges on environment and society so overwhelming.

    A different approach in determining what type of investment is needed to restore the social and environmental balance. Hazel Henderson will disccuss how to go beyond ESG towards a Science-Based Investing.

    Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Thursday
    February 18
    2021

    Tracking the Trends: Understanding the Quality, Demand and Impact of Today’s Off-Grid Appliances

    Consumer demand, product performance and pricing are important indicators of the overall health, maturity, and potential of the off-grid appliance market. Continued improvements in energy efficiency and price enable bottom-of-the-pyramid consumers to access and power a wider array of appliances capable of improving quality of life and income potential.

    On 18 February at 13:30 GMT, Efficiency for Access will host a dynamic 1.5-hour webinar that synthesizes key trends in the quality, demand and impact potential of off-grid appropriate appliances and productive use equipment based on data from the 2020 Off-Grid Appliance Market Survey and 2021 Appliance Data Trends report.

    Hosted by Efficiency for Access

    Time: 8:30 AM ET

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Thursday
    February 18
    2021

    Planting the Seeds of Success: Using Carbon Markets to Incentivize Climate-Friendly Farming

    Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require unparalleled transformations to businesses, industries and supply chains. Investors and citizens demand action. Firms are responding: more and more are signing on to bold targets grounded in climate science. But while sustainability is far from languishing on the corporate periphery, far more effort is needed―and fast.

    The Economist’s Sustainability Week Insight Hour series will convene business leaders, policymakers and industry experts to explore how firms can effectively measure, analyse, transform and scale their sustainability initiatives. How are companies keeping sustainability a top corporate priority amid covid-19? How can sufficient investment for green initiatives and solutions be unlocked? How can better data be generated and how does this translate into effective decision-making? What incentives are needed to stimulate innovation?

    Time: 2:00 PM GMT / 9:00 AM EST

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Thursday
    February 18
    2021

    Experiences and Lessons Learned from WASH and Water Resources Governance in Tanzania

    Please join the USAID Tanzania Water Resources Integration Development Initiative (WARIDI) for a discussion about achievements, lessons learned, and the future of water supply and water governance in the Wami-Ruvu and Rufiji river basins.

    The Wami-Ruvu and Rufiji river basins cover 30 percent of Tanzania’s land area. These economically important watersheds include much of the country’s hydropower and many fishing, forestry, and sugar industries and livelihoods, but suffer from a lack of access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services. Beginning in 2016, USAID/WARIDI worked with the Ministry of Water, local institutions, and communities in 20 selected Local Government Authorities in the two basins to provide sustainable access to safe drinking water, improve the management of water resources, support the private sector to expand WASH product offerings, and promote resilient communities in the face of a changing climate. This webinar will discuss experience and lessons learned from more than five years of work. The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session with the presenters.

    Time:  8:00 AM EST / 4:00 PM EAT

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Thursday
    February 18
    2021

    Microfinance & transformations to sustainability – Insights from Action-Research

    Microfinance relates in multiple ways to environmental concerns and opportunities. Actions taken from MFIs were before anecdotical and nowadays have come to stay. This is increasingly visible in terms of institutions launching green products and practices.

    An important question is how microfinance actually contributes to changes on the ground and how this relates to questions of ‘sustainability’. Researchers at the IOB have been dealing with this question from a Development Studies perspective and through an action-research programme together with FDL-Nitlapan in Nicaragua. Based on this experience and with concrete examples they will discuss challenges and opportunities to link microfinance services with ‘transformations to sustainability’. Participants are invited to discuss their experience with linking practice and research.

    Invited speaker: 
    Dr. Frédéric Huybrechs, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp – Institute of Development Policy (IOB)

    Moderator: Dr.-Ing. Natalia Realpe Carrillo, HEDERA – Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

    Time: 4:00 PM CET / 10:00 AM EST

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