Achieving authentic sustainable development requires more than simply increasing capital and deal flows. It also requires creating a “culture of impact” within organizations, countries, and across international borders. Development finance can play an important role not only in providing and catalyzing investment in businesses and projects that advance sustainability goals, but also by supporting the formation of a global impact culture anchored to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In this live fireside chat and audience Q&A, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker welcomes Elizbeth Boggs Davidsen, Vice President of Development Policy at the U.S. Development Finance Corporation (DFC), and former Director of SDG Impact at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), to discuss:
- The ways in which development finance can contribute to the building of a global impact economy
- How funding institutions can most effectively move from high-level principles to executing and deploying capital
- How the DFC is introducing new approaches, systems, and instruments aimed at amplifying the impact it has through its investments
Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen is a Senior Executive, advisor, and global expert in social innovation and impact investing with the strategic vision to create and deliver financing and business models that produce sustainable, scalable business development. Currently, Ms. Boggs Davidsen is a political appointee with the Biden Administration and the Vice President of the Office of Development Policy at the U.S International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that all DFC projects have measurable development impact, respect human rights, and are environmentally and socially sustainable. She also oversees the Corporation’s technical assistance portfolio. Prior to her work at DFC, Elizabeth was the Director of SDG Impact, a flagship initiative of the United Nations Development Programme focused on mobilizing private sector capital in support of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. For the majority of her career, she held leadership roles at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C.
Laurie Lane-Zucker is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, LLC, an impact economy business that hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network — a large, global network of “systems-minded” entrepreneurs, investors and scholars of social and environmental innovation — and publishes Impact Entrepreneur Magazine. For over 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, and the author of numerous articles on entrepreneurship and impact investing.
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Acclaimed author and entrepreneur Daryl Collins will explore how technology can help researchers, nonprofits and businesses engage and serve low-income communities around the world. The William Davidson Institute and the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions are co-sponsoring the talk.
Collins will share examples of how her company, Decodis, is using technology to collect and analyze qualitative data in a more scalable and lower-cost manner. Collins will share examples of collecting data using WhatsApp audio responses to understand changes in gender norms and assessing Google Play reviews of digital lending apps in India. In both examples, Collins will share how she and her team used Natural Language Processing (NLP) – a common market tool – to detect key topics and phrases to unpack the meaning of the responses. She’ll also share how she and her team analyzed speech signals (such as pitch, duration of responses and voice modulation) in the audio files to determine whether the respondent was engaged in their responses, when the respondent was unsure, and when the respondent gave them a “canned response” — i.e., telling the researchers what he/she thought the researchers wanted to hear.
Feb 17, 2022,
5:00 PM EST
Supporting women-led enterprises has been an important focus of the Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation program since its inception nearly a decade ago. Beginning with the Accelerating Women’s Entrepreneurship (AWE) award in 2018 and continuing with the Growing Women’s Entrepreneurship (GroWE) awards in 2019 and 2020, the program has supported woman-owned and -operated agribusinesses in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen the capacity of individual female entrepreneurs and help them to scale and grow their businesses.
Join Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation on Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. EST to learn the key findings of a new report examining the role of the AWE and GroWE awards in supporting women entrepreneurs and their businesses, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how recipients continue to leverage the tools and resources developed as part of their awards.
A brief presentation of key report findings by the study team from The Canopy Lab will be followed by a facilitated Q&A with two GroWE award recipients and an open Q&A exchange for all participants.
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (GMT -5)
Part 2: From M-Pesa to Dogecoin to the Digital Naira: The Role of Digital Money in Financial Inclusion
In our last faiVLive webinar with Jesse McWaters, Head of Global Digital Public Policy at Mastercard, we demystified digital money systems and discussed what blockchains are, the differences between mobile money, digital currency and cryptocurrency, and the possibilities that digitization opens.
But an hour was just not enough. Back by popular demand, Tim and Jesse will continue their conversation, and take lots of questions with a particular focus on applications of digital currency to advance financial inclusion, cybersecurity, and the interplay between regulation, consumer protection and innovation.
We’ll take lots of audience questions, so submit any burning questions you have in advance to email@example.com.
Time: Feb 17, 2022 10:00 AM ET