The international community is in agreement about the imperative for generating large scale private sector finance and deploying these funds towards development challenges. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a succinct set of aspirational goals. Impact investment, with its dual focus on financial returns and social impact, has the potential to contribute to achieving the SDGs. In this webinar, we will discuss with leaders in the impact investment community:
- Approaches to building collaboration across divides and cultures that separate large institutional investors, specialist impact investment firms, philanthropies and development finance institutions DFIs
- Status report on efforts to gain traction on applying impact investment principles to global development
- Perspectives on ensuring good governance of the global impact investment community, to better achieve adherence and commitment to accountability, representation and diversity
- Track record and good practice in extending field building efforts to under-reached areas of the world and an understanding of the enabling factors to encourage impact investment
- Communication strategies to capture the attention of millennials and youth
This webinar is the final in a series of three programs focused on diversity, inclusion and accountability in impact investment designed in collaboration with Gillian Marcelle of Resilience Capital Ventures LLC. For more information on the series, visit this link.
1.7 billion people are unbanked, globally. In Asia alone, less than 27% of adults and only 33% of enterprises have an account or a line of credit or loan from a financial institution respectively.
The World Bank Global Findex reported that emerging Myanmar has only 26% of the population banked. Recently, Myanmar has benefited from leapfrogging technology cycles and widely recognized as one of the last true frontier economies. 8.8 million of the population in Myanmar own a business. Yet 56% of these enterprises do not have a savings/checking account and only 7% of small enterprises have a line of credit. According to a UNCDF study, 52% of businesses identified access to finance as an obstacle. The low trust and penetration of traditional banking methods in Myanmar is particularly chronic in the low income and rural areas where 70% of the population still reside.
Some of the key objectives of Microfinance Success Asia 2019 is to create a platform and initiative to:
- Bring together and coordinate a large number of actors from the microfinance sector in Myanmar and the region including other stakeholders
- Build the capacity of the actors, increase confidence and sense of security regarding the use of local financial services
- promote, spread knowledge and increase the respect for Myanmar innovations in the area of microfinance
- Create a framework for the development of reflections, proposals, exchanges and actions for the development of best practices in microfinance.
The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) will share insights from its 2019 annual report during the 5th annual State of the Sector webinar, taking place Wednesday, July 24th at 10AM ET. The webinar will feature representatives from CSAF and its data partner, MIX.
The GSMA Innovation Fund for Digitisation of Agricultural Value Chains aims to scale digital solutions for the agricultural last mile and improve smallholders’ financial inclusion, livelihood and climate resilience.
The Fund prioritises enterprise services targeted at organisations (e.g. agribusiness, cooperatives, etc.) procuring from smallholders with the focus on those living on less than USD 2 per day.
Up to eight grants of £220,000 each are being made available to support projects of 24 months duration. In addition, the GSMA will provide in-kind support and consultancy to assist the development of business plans, and service implementation through market research, user-centric design, business intelligence, user-testing with agribusiness staff and smallholders.
Grants are available across two categories of application:
Applications for funding across both categories are assessed through a two-stage application process.
Concept Note: The first step will be to submit a Concept Note, which outlines the project objectives, lists proposed partners, demonstrates the consortium’s capacity to deliver the project and explains how the project fits within wider strategy of the business owner.
Business Plan: A short-list of applicants whose Concepts Notes meet the objectives and eligibility requirements of the Fund will be invited to develop a Business Plan which will further outline the strategy for implementing and scaling the service; provide a budget projection with an indication of how the grant is to be spent, and a workplan for the 24 month implementation period.
All eligible applicants at Concept Note stage, irrespective of whether they ultimately receive grant under this Innovation Fund, will be invited to join the GSMA AgriTech Priority Learning Partners Initiative, where they will gain access to a number of knowledge sharing resources and events, including webinars on the topic of enterprise solutions for the last mile.
Submit Concept Note Applications by 31 July 2019.
International Conference on Blockchain and Data Science plans to engage members from academia, industry and government to discuss the current and future challenges of digital economy and innovations. The Conference aims to address the scope of the smart digital economy which is secure and transparent.
The event will include workshops, seminars, special sessions, presentation sessions to engage the blockchain communities, organizations, industries and experts to share their thoughts, vision and ideas for the future developments.
To use public funds more effectively and mobilize private investment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has become a key concern of many development agencies and donor organizations. While the idea to create blended finance models is compelling, one specific approach holds particular promise: empowering high-impact enterprises with market-based solutions to scale and deliver positive impact in a sustainable way – a bottom-up approach.
This actionable, practice-driven program is specifically designed for providers of public or philanthropic funding, who strive to maximize the impact of their grants or investments and want to be on top of the most innovative solutions and trends. It includes outstanding lecturers, has been tested in multiple workshops for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and received exceptional feedback.
The three-day program will provide valuable insights on strategies and instruments to “leverage” own resources by blending it with private investment for small and growing businesses in developing and emerging countries. It will also shed light on the whole spectrum of finance for impact and international development. A specific focus will be on catalytic financing tools that are able to attract additional capital for high-impact enterprises.
The program is organized by the University of Zurich Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP), Convergence and the Social Finance Academy (by Roots of Impact), with support from the SDC.
The International Conference on Sustainable Development is organized by the European Center of Sustainable Development in collaboration with CIT University.
The 7th ICSD 2019 is inspired from the critical challenge of human, environmental, and economic sustainability concerning the present and future generations in a global-scale context.
The Conference theme is “Creating a unified foundation for the Sustainable Development: research, practice and education”. This theme emphasizes the strong foundation that is provided by using research to inform our everyday practices, policies, and analytical approaches.
The 2019 Conference will once again provide a forum for the sharing of ideas, presentation of research findings, and discussion of professional issues relevant to Sustainability Science.
Zermatt, Switzerland - 1 DaySaturday
The Zermatt Summit Foundation has the honour to share with you that the 8th edition of the Zermatt Summit will take place September 12th until September 14th 2019 in Zermatt, Switzerland.
Our current economic model has become unsustainable, it has lost its moral and political legitimacy. In the competitive market economy it has shown a continuous ability to be creative and to increase wealth. In the last decades, there has been a progressive blurring of its link with the global common good and a significant loss of our capacity to regulate it. Economics have been disconnected from ethics and politics as financial capitalism tends to nurture a speculative race where money creates more money without sufficiently investing in the economy of goods and services useful to mankind. Destruction of the planet and its biodiversity, growing inequality and poverty, injustice, exclusion and alienation are some of the dysfunctions likely to have significant negative consequences for future generations.
The spirit of the Zermatt Summit engages the heart and minds (not only intelligence), the conscious and spiritual dimensions of leadership. A concern for the person and respect for personal values. Everyone has a responsibility and is a changemaker. A framework to assist in making innovative ideas come to life and transform business enterprise.