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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    October 13

    Accelerating Off-grid Energy Access in Malawi

    The Rural Energy Access through Social Enterprise and Decentralisation (EASE) project focuses primarily on SDG7 progress in Malawi and aims to increase access to sustainable energy for rural communities in Dedza and Balaka, enabling economic development and improved livelihoods. Though EASE, the following achievements have been realised:

    • Staff at Community Energy Malawi have been piloting District Energy Officers, raising awareness around renewable energy with rural communities and building capacity for mainstreaming energy in local development planning. Learning from this work aims to inform and support national policy targets to roll out DEOs in all districts.
    • A solar PV energy hub and solar powered irrigation has been installed in Balaka District, offering refrigeration for farmers to store produce and other productive uses of energy, enabling increased incomes and economic development for rural farmers and businesses.
    • Two solar microgrids have been installed by United Purpose in Dedza district, generating and distributing power for local domestic and productive customers in rural villages. The systems offer valuable experience and primary data to inform the expanding microgrid sector in Malawi.

    This webinar will share first-hand insight on these EASE initiatives, highlighting lessons learned and recommendations for accelerating energy access in Malawi. Specifically, data on microgrid and energy hub technical, economic and social impact performance will be shared, along with policy implications for the roll out of DEOs.

    Part 1: District Energy Officers

    • Experiences of piloting DEOs – Louis Yona and Estrida Nyirenda, Community Energy Malawi
    • Impact and policy implications of DEOs – Damien Frame, University of Strathclyde

    Part 2: Solar Microgrids

    • Experiences from operating solar microgrids in Malawi – Elizabeth Banda, United Purpose
    • Understanding microgrid impact and performance – Aran Eales, University of Strathclyde
    • Remote monitoring and data analysis of off-grid systems – Million Mafuta, MUBAS

    Time: 13:00 – 14:30 BST | 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM EST

  • Cedar Hall, HQ1-1-660 - 1 Day
    October 13

    On the Borders of Revenues, Trade, and Security: Building Customs Capacity in Developing Countries

    In developing countries, around 40 percent of revenue is collected by customs administrations. Customs also plays a pivotal role in helping with issues related to trade policy, regional integration, revenue leakage, investment promotion policies, security, money laundering, and product safety. This event highlights some key capacity building experiences with member countries in these areas, and draws on lessons from the new IMF book, Customs Matters: Strengthening Customs Administration in a Changing World.

    Augusto Azael Pérez Azcárraga, Senior Economist, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF

    Augusto Azael Pérez Azcárraga has more than 27 years of experience in customs. He is a senior economist in the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department, responsible for the coordination of capacity development for customs administrations for Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Perez has led major modernization reforms helping countries improve trade facilitation and customs collection efficiency, while protecting their borders. He previously served for 17 years at the tax and customs administration of Mexico in several positions: Director of Customs Offices, Deputy Director General of Foreign Trade Intelligence, and Deputy Director General of Post-Clearance Audit. He was accredited by the World Customs Organization as a Customs Modernization Expert.

    Tadatsugu Matsudaira, Senior Economist, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF

    Tadatsugu Matsudaira, Senior Economist, has been working with the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department since 2017. He covers wide spectrum of customs reform and modernization as well as project design and management based on more than 30 years of experience through Japan customs and the Ministry of Finance, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Customs Organization, and the World Bank.

    Gilles Montagnat-Rentier, Senior Economist, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF

    Gilles Montagnat-Rentier, a senior economist and former manager with the French customs administration, has been working with the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department since 2003 to advise on customs reform and modernization. His current focus areas are revenue mobilization in Africa, trade facilitation, regional integration, customs procedures for the extractive industries, and challenges faced by fragile and conflict-affected states.

    Rebecca Sparkman, Deputy Division Chief, IMF Fiscal Affairs Department

    Rebecca A. Sparkman, a US national, is a Deputy Division Chief in the Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD), Revenue Administration II responsible for leading and managing capacity development (CD) in both tax and customs administration across Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. Prior to joining the Fund in 2016 as a technical advisor and later senior economist leading and delivering CD in tax administrations, Ms. Sparkman had a 29-year career with the US Internal Revenue Service, including senior executive appointments as the Special Agent in Charge of the Washington DC Field Office and Director of Operations, Policy and Support.

    Time: 12:00 – 12:30 PM EST

  • Virtual - 1 Day
    October 13

    What is Resilience with Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy and David Dodd

    Note: Deep Dives are hour-long Zoom Meetings: Live Q&A Sessions (as opposed to our Zoom Webinars, where the audience is in View-Only Mode) between the author(s) or subjects of an Impact Entrepreneur Magazine article and our members. Be sure to read the article in question and come bearing questions! Premium members of Impact Entrepreneur get complimentary admission to all live and archived Deep Dives. To RSVP for your spot as a Premium Member, visit this link.

    In her Impact Entrepreneur interview with resilience experts Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy and David Dodd, IE correspondent Allison Lee writes:

    “In Stewart’s experience, people often tend to fall into a disaster risk-reduction view of resilience. For him, though, it’s about more than survival or adaptation; it’s about thriving. He takes a systems-view of resilience. Whether it’s island or city resilience work, he looks at the system itself, and the entirety of the ‘organism’ that surrounds the community — whether that is individuals, families, businesses, government, etc. Resilience is the characteristic that enables the system to survive, adapt, and thrive in the face of multiple shocks and stresses.

    For David Dodd, it’s the ability of people to cope with stresses on their environment, and more importantly, bounce back after a disturbance of any kind happens. This includes not only natural disasters, but also man-made ones — acts of terror, conflict, and economic turmoil. David has been through economic cycles that have been devastating to people and feels that those cycles can be as much of a disaster as a Category Five hurricane. David’s catchphrase is ‘transformative recovery’, which is a new paradigm in recovery. He wants to transform the economy to make it more resilient, robust, and wealth-generating for the location and its people.

    In this Impact Entrepreneur Deep Dive, we welcome Stewart Sarkoczy-Banoczy and David Dodd, along with IE correspondent Allison Lee, for a discussion of resilience and how it relates to economic development and the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Featured Guests

    Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy is Founder and Chief Precoverist for Precovery Labs and Global Director, Policy and Investments, for Resilient Cities Network, leading the Resilient Community Impact Funds (RCIFunds) and Resilience 21 (R21) Coalition. Stewart’s work in precovery and resilience takes him to urban, island, indigenous and ocean contexts, engaging in research, implementation, finance and storytelling . Stewart is Senior Advisor for the Global Island Partnership, Assessment Committee Member and Chair for SMILO-small islands organization, Ocean Fellow for the Center for Ocean Policy and Economics (COPE°), loan committee member for NDN Fund, and member of Four Bands Community Fund’s board of directors. Stewart’s passion for storytelling includes his work as a professional photographer and writer.

    David Dodd is founding CEO of the International Sustainable Resilience Center (ISRC) a Specialist Center of Excellence in New Orleans Louisiana, US, focused on disaster resilience and recovery utilizing public-private partnerships. He transitioned from economic development to disaster recovery beginning with Hurricane Katrina, where he was a liaison between the state economic development agency and federal recovery efforts. From there, he led efforts in Mexico, Japan, and consulted with Australia and the Philippines on efforts to enable robust economic recovery and resilience. Since 2013, David and consulting partner Novaces, LLC have been contracted with the US Economic Development Administration to deploy economic recovery funding in major disasters. David was Dean of the Economic Development Institute and Founding Chairman of the Resilience Development Institute, both at the University of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

    Allison Lee is co-founder of Alpine CSR Advisors, which specializes in CSR/ESG strategy and implementation, with a focus on business and social impact metrics. She has over fifteen years of experience in CSR research and consulting, and has partnered with Fortune 500 corporations, foundations, academic institutions, and other nonprofits globally.

    Time: 12:00 PM – 1:10 PM EDT

  • Virtual - 1 Day
    October 13

    TBLI Talk: Inclusive Impact Investing: Mining the new source of Alpha

    Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson is a recognized innovator in the inclusive investing space, with a sharp sensibility for identifying and cultivating strategic linkages between established capital sources and emerging and diverse communities. Her expertise in leading technology, investment and social impact initiatives inform her role as Founding Partner of Include Ventures. Born in Palo Alto, California, Bahiyah was educated around the themes of science, technology and equity.

    Bahiyah will discuss her work in investing  BIPOC-Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

    What you will learn:

    • The leading women investing in climate change + sustainability in U.S., the UK and Africa
    • How impact investing is scaling + driving more gender, racial and regional diversity, internationally
    • What measurement frameworks are working for double + triple bottom line impact

    TBLI Circle Members ( receive 40% discount. (15 euros instead of 25 euros).

    Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT(-04:00)

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