Changing times call for a change in how we collectively build, innovate and transform our society. As they enter our third year, SPECTRUM is excited to introduce year round offerings that focus on justice, equity and action.
Creating more touch points for the community to connect, learn and do together is the goal for 2021. Instead of just one event they want to create multiple events ranging from half-day to full-day virtual engagements. In between events SPECTRUM will host monthly dedicated networking events, special programming and other community engagement to connect in smaller groups.
Reclaim the Gains: Addressing COVID-19’s Secondary Health Crisis for Women, Children and Adolescents
The COVID-19 crisis is reversing years of hard-won gains for women, children, and adolescent health and human capital outcomes. More than one year on, with disrupted health systems stretched to the breaking point and economies severely impacted, women, children and adolescents in the world’s poorest countries have been hardest hit by a secondary crisis that threatens to roll back the remarkable gains made over the last decade.
The world was making steady yet uneven progress in improving health outcomes for women, children and adolescents. Amid better access to family planning, skilled birth attendants, and better nutrition, the newborn mortality rate almost halved worldwide between 1990 and 2018.
Time: 2 p.m. ET | 6 p.m. CET
The ability to connect online has grown into a crucial part of everyday life for people all over the world, helping empower citizens and improve their daily lives through everything from virtual medical visits to maintaining family connections and online advocacy for protecting human rights. However, many older persons are unable to reap the benefits of the digital world or access basic health, financial, and social tools.
While hundreds of millions went online over the past five years, almost half of the world’s population still lacks access to the internet. In some low-income countries, fewer than one in five people were connected in 2019. Data shows that many older adults have online access, but often fail to fully utilize digital tools due to barriers such as usability, awareness, adoption support, and trust. Without improving digital inclusion, this threatens to widen inequality and exacerbate the digital divide. It’s imperative that digital solutions do not exclude older persons if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals while leaving no-one behind. But there are many sides to the digital divide — related to age, disability, gender, geography, and socioeconomic status. Older people in particular often face barriers including digital literacy and inclusive design — an issue that will become more prominent as the world’s population ages. By 2050, it is estimated that more than 2 billion people will be aged 60 or over, more than double the number in the year 2000.
On Wednesday, Sept. 22, Devex and AARP will co-host an ecosystem event on the sidelines of the 76th annual United Nations General Assembly, exploring how we can advance digital equity and inclusion by looking at solutions to close existing gaps among different user groups, particularly older persons. The event will also look at the key role of multi-stakeholder platforms in advancing the U.N. Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation and their role in harnessing expertise and knowledge sharing from across sectors.
Time: 1 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. CET
In 2009, FAI founder Jonathan Morduch was part of a group that determined “half the world is unbanked.” Twenty years later, the latest Global Findex tells us that the world’s unbanked population has been nearly cut in half. A combination of focused public and private efforts, aided by technology advances, yielded massive, though uneven, progress.
It’s worth celebrating the gains, but also reflecting on what is still left to do. What lessons have we learned from the last 20 years that can close the rest of the inclusion gap? Why has inclusion in wealthier countries stalled? What does the inclusion agenda leave undone? How can technology be part of building more bridges to excluded communities?
This edition of the faiVLive will be based on a new report from the Aspen Institute’s Financial Security Program, Building An Inclusive Financial System, that tackles those questions and more. FAI Managing Director Tim Ogden will be joined by Ida Rademacher (Aspen Institute), Mayada El-Zoghbi (Center for Financial Inclusion), Payal Dalal (Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth) and Pia Roman Tayag (UNSGSA) to discuss where we go from here, and how actors from across the spectrum can help ensure that financial systems play a positive role in reducing poverty and vulnerability, and boost inclusive growth.
Payal Dalal, Senior VP of Social Impact and International Markets, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
Mayada El-Zoghbi, Managing Director, Center for Financial Inclusion
Ida Rademacher, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Financial Security Program
Pia Roman Tayag, Director of the Office of the UNSGSA for Inclusive Finance for Development
This faiVLive is jointly presented with the Aspen Financial Security Program and is part of the Household Financial Security Insight Community, in collaboration with the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.
Time: 9:00 AM ET