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  • Virtual - 2 Days
    Thursday
    April 22
    2021

    17th Annual Global Microfinance Forum

    Summary

    DEVELOPING THE MICROFINANCE INDUSTRY IN THE NEW REALITY

    The current economic environment has significantly affected the microfinance sector: MFIs’ operations, portfolio, and liquidity, as well as ways of cooperation and information exchange with the other microfinance stakeholders. Many financial markets see the changing value of the local currencies, prices for goods and services, and costs of hedging, and decreasing opportunities of attracting the new investments. Microfinance sector players struggle with debt repayments, meanwhile moratoriums and restructurings become a widespread measure introduced to support the sector development. In addition, a slowdown in the real economy makes the clients of MFIs even more vulnerable, hence it requires the respective transformation of existing systems, policies and approaches.

    The 17th Annual Global Microfinance Forum by Uniglobal will cover a range of topics that make this forum appealing to MFIs, investors and other industry players from all over the world. It will bring on board a solid network of professionals and senior level experts who will share their experiences and views on the current sector challenges and opportunities, as well as expectations and predictions about future trends in microfinance. During multiple sessions the participants will discuss how MFIs adapt to and run in the new reality, current complications for microclients, specificity of moratoriums on debt repayments, rising importance of digital transformation and many other important topics.

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    Coronavirus, Webinar
  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Thursday
    April 22
    2021

    Are Permanent Magnet Motors the Next Game-Changer in Energy Access?

    As the ‘prime movers’ in many appliances, motors determine the capabilities, efficiency and reliability of most off- and weak-grid products. New Efficiency for Access research suggests energy-efficient permanent magnet motors could be a “game-changer” for off-grid and weak-grid appliance markets. Appliances powered by permanent magnet motors use up to 42% less energy than products powered by conventional alternating current motors and can reduce the net cost of a household’s solar energy system by 30%.

    Join Efficiency for Access on April 22 for a 90-minute webinar on permanent magnet motor applications in off-grid and weak-grid markets. Participants will learn more about permanent magnet motor technology, current market trends, and barriers and strategies to incentivise adoption, with real-world insights from the Pakistani fan manufacturer, Harness Energy.

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    Webinar
  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Thursday
    April 22
    2021

    Impact Investing For Children in Marginalized Communities

    A live, virtual fireside chat and audience Q&A with Cynthia Muller.

    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 for Children in Marginalized Communities

    According to recent research by the Center for American Progress, since the onset of the Covid pandemic, “more than 4 in 10 children live in a household struggling to meet basic expenses, and between 7 million and 11 million American children live in households in which they are unable to eat enough because of the cost.” Furthermore, “While the pandemic has exacerbated and highlighted the economic precarity of too many children and families, the issues that cause such high rates of child poverty in the United States existed long before the public health crisis. Systemic inequalities stretching back to even before the country’s founding contribute to disproportionate rates of poverty for Black and Latinx children [and other children of color] in particular. And ultimately, joblessness, caregiving responsibilities, single parenthood, and other common life events only put children at risk of economic insecurity because U.S. policies have allowed that reality.”

    Through its Mission Driven Investment portfolio, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has been targeting these systemic threats to vulnerable children. By deploying “both grant and investment capital – using a systematic racial equity approach,” the foundation is helping to “dismantle systemic hurdles and create opportunities for all communities to thrive.”

    In this live fireside chat and audience Q&A, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker welcomes Cynthia Muller, Director of Mission Investment at the Kellogg Foundation, to discuss the ways in which impact investors can address the root causes of, and support innovative solutions for, the problems plaguing children in marginalized communities.

    Featured Guest

    CYNTHIA MULLER is the Director of Mission Investment at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation based out of Battle Creek, Michigan.

    Muller is responsible for driving the strategy and performance of the foundation’s $100 million mission driven investments portfolio. She also oversees the foundation’s $30 million program-related investment portfolio and managing strategic impact investment activities that address systemic barriers that create vulnerable conditions for historically marginalized communities and children. Cynthia came to the foundation in September 2016 as the program and portfolio officer where she was responsible for developing and managing strategic market rate impact investment activities; sourcing and deploying market rate investments to increase social change impact; analyzing solutions and trends; and developing relationships in the field.

    Prior to joining the foundation, Muller developed and managed Arabella Advisors impact investing practice where she helped foundations and individuals understand the field of impact investing; develop strategies and structure investments to accomplish their social and environmental goals. Muller previously worked in community development finance as well as community-based health care in Indigenous communities. She serves on boards of Next Chapter, Enterprise Loan Fund and Mission Investors Exchange.

    Host

    LAURIE LANE-ZUCKER is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, an impact economy business that hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network, a 27,000 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 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.

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    Webinar
  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Thursday
    April 22
    2021

    Challenges and Opportunities for clean energy in Ethiopia

    The heads of the Green Inclusive and Climate Smart Finance Action Group are pleased to invite you to their webinar series this Thursday, April 22nd, at 4pm. They will discuss the challenges and opportunities for clean energy in Ethiopia from the lens of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) as a key stakeholder promoting energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Green Inclusive and Climate Smart Finance:

    Challenges and Opportunities for clean energy in Ethiopia

    Ethiopia represents one of the largest off-grid markets in sub-Saharan Africa. This, in turn, means that Ethiopia is one of the largest markets for clean energy expansion. Given the challenges and needs in terms of energy access, UNCDF, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Development Bank of Ethiopia and Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, launched a credit risk guarantee scheme. This financing mechanism aims to leverage pipeline development and secure financing for off-grid energy companies. One of the challenges of this scheme is the low uptake of the guarantee facility as well as pay-as-you-go services and microfinance lending to end-users. This situation contrasts with other markets such as Nepal or Uganda, where pay-as-you-go services or microfinance are well established. On the other hand, the government has defined the elimination of greenhouse gas emissions as a key factor in becoming a middle-income country. To achieve this goal, the coordinated intervention of stakeholders is necessary. In this regard, UNCDF’s IDE Energy program brings significant value in both developing Ethiopia’s energy market and strengthening partnerships between financial institutions and clean energy companies.  Seifu Teshome from UNCDF will present his experience in supporting energy and microfinance linkages in Ethiopia and UNCDF’s role as a key stakeholder in promoting energy access in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Speaker: Seifu Teshome, UNCDF

    Moderator: Davide Forcella, Head of GICSF AG, YAPU Solutions, CERMi

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

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    Webinar
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