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  • Virtual - 5 Days
    June 21

    Business Fights Poverty Global Summit

    Unprecedented Challenges.
    Unprecedented Opportunities to Collaborate.

    The world faces unprecedented convergence of social and environmental challenges. COVID-19 continues to impact the lives, livelihoods and access to learning of the most vulnerable people. Unless action is taken now, these impacts will be long-lasting. At the same time, it is recognised that urgent action on climate change must put people at the centre of efforts on mitigation and adaptation. The transition to a green economy must also be a just one.

    Across these challenges, the impacts reflect deep-seated inequities – due to factors including gender, race, and income. COVID-19 has pushed back progress on gender equity and poverty reduction, and climate change is doing the same. People from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds face disproportionate barriers.

    While the challenges are unprecedented, so too are the opportunities to tackle them collaboratively. Business is now seen as a key partner, alongside government and civil society.  Employees, customers, stakeholders and shareholders, believe business must take a stand on social and environmental issues. The focus is now on how we can collaborate – to tackle both rapid onset challenges and deeper systemic issues.

    Join Business Fights Poverty for a week of insight and inspiration.

    They invite you to join them for a week, highly interactive event brings together voices and insights from across the globe, from business, NGOs, academia and government – to share the latest thinking on the nature of the challenges we face, and the nature of the solutions that are needed. Join them to access the very latest thinking so that you can increase the impact of your efforts.

    Each day, we come together to explore a different theme around how we can “Rebuild Better” from the pandemic – Leadership, Gender, Livelihoods, Climate and Partnership. Business Fights Poverty will share practical lessons and identify new opportunities to collaborate to tackle the big social and environmental challenges that we all care about.

    The event is the latest in their series of Rebuild Better Summits, and is co-hosted with Unilever, and a number of partners, including the International Finance Corporation and the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School.

    Coronavirus, Webinar
  • Virtual - 1 Day
    June 21

    The Power of Financial Inclusion for Refugees

    Host: VisionFund International


    Teófilo Mejía, Business Manager, Credivision

    Jene Thomas, Mission Director, USAID, Peru

    Mercy Ainomugisha, CEO, VisionFund Uganda

    Roger Nyakahuma, West Nile Regional Manager, VisionFund Uganda

    Juliet Tumuzoire, Head of Financial Services, Financial Sector Deepening Uganda

    Mary Njery, Refugee Response Director, World Vision Uganda

    World Refugee Day focuses on the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. As financial service providers we seek financial inclusion for all, and know that with the right support, refugees and displaced populations can overcome challenges and rebuild their lives and livelihoods, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    VisionFund, along with partners and donors, has been advocating for the provision of much-needed financial services to IDPs and refugees, who are traditionally considered a financially risky segment. With external support, digital innovation, and an open mind, VisionFund has piloted two products specifically designed for refugees in two very difficult and different contexts – in Uganda and Peru.

    Join our panel of speakers as they share their experience of taking formal financial services and products, including microfinance, to refugee communities, and progress made thus far. Also hear from project funders USAID and Financial Sector Deepening Uganda about their partnership with these projects and overall work with refugee communities.

    Register to join and add to calendar:

    4PM UK | 6PM Uganda | 8AM US Pacific | 10AM Peru

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