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  • Prague, Czech Republic - 2 Days
    April 20

    14th Global Banking Innovation Forum & Expo

    Making the digital banking world a safer place

    Whether you are a startup, or a huge multinational corporation, there is no company in the world that has not been affected by the events of a few past years. In such challenging times it’s a must to be innovative. Does it apply to banking – one of the most “traditional” industries? How to be open-minded and innovative yet safe and trustworthy?

    Don’t learn from your own mistakes. Meet 300+ industry experts to get their valuable insights in Prague, Czech Republic, on 20 & 21 April 2023.

    Day 1

    • OPENING PANEL DISCUSSION: Banking during crisis
    • Reshaping banking: from legacy to cutting-edge
    • New Onboarding and KYC process with use of biometric approach
    • Building a USP with a data driven process
    • Making the digital banking world a safer place
    • Customer first: creating a seamless customer journey with data
    • European Digital Identity Wallet in Banking
    • Taking advantage of Variable Recurring Payments (VRP) technology
    • PANEL DISCUSSION: Innovations in Payments

    Day 2

    • Digital Euro initiative
    • Case Study: Shared ATMs project
    • FIRESIDE CHAT: Future of Neobanks
    • Embedded finance – fast & furious
    • Regulate & Innovate
    • Making Sustainability Profitable
    • Banking in the Metaverse
  • Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg - 2 Days
    April 25

    The Future of Energy Show Africa 2023

    What is The Future Energy Show Africa?

    For 26 years, The Future Energy Show Africa has been the meeting place for the brightest and most innovative minds from utilities, IPPs, government, large energy users, innovative solution providers and more, from across Africa and the globe.

    And we are excited to be welcoming back the entire industry at The Future Energy Show Africa 2023!

  • Palma de Mallorca, Spain - 3 Days
    April 26

    4th International Conference on Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids to Improve Energy Access

    On behalf of the Partner Organizations, we are pleased to announce and invite you to join the 4th edition of the International Conference on Solar Technologies and Hybrid Mini-Grids to improve energy access, at the Universitat de les Illes Balears in Palma, Spain on April 26-28, 2023.

    The 3rd edition was successfully held in a complex COVID-environment in 2021 in a hybrid format with many participants attending physically. It was a real pleasure to meet again, and participants encouraged us to carry on this conference series in a face-to-face format. This 4th edition is going to be face-to face although the organizers will prepare some contingency plans just in case the pandemic threatens again.

    As in previous editions, the main objective is to provide an opportunity for an exchange between practitioners from the industry, academia, and development institutions working in the field of decentralized energy access and local development. The conference will cover hands-on technical, social, and environmental considerations, and business and management aspects with the aim of sharing experiences, learning from each other, and networking.

    Solar PV and thermal technologies and other decentralized renewable energy technologies offer a unique opportunity to provide access to modern energy services to more than 1 billion people lacking access to energy in ru ral areas worldwide. Access to modern energy is an enabler and a necessity condition to improve the livelihood of households, to increase productivity of micro and small enterprises, to improve services of public institutions, and to provide crisis response to displaced communities.

    However, access to energy should be imbedded in cross-sectoral activities to achieve maximum impact. Thus, energizing health centres and schools will lead to better medical services and education if energy efficient appliances are included and proper management schemes are in place. Local enterprises can invest in electrical equipment or solar thermal systems if they have access to finance and markets. Mini-grids can transform communities if the potential of energy is enhanced. It is the intention of the conference to discuss the nexuses of energy access with other sectors more in depth providing a forum to exchange hands-on experiences and innovative approaches, with a focus on the end users and how to catalyse uses of energy to impact the sustainable development goals.

    The conference will provide an overview on the status in different solar technology areas and provide a space for exchange between participants, presenting their results from scientific research and experiences from the field.

    We, as chairs, would be pleased to welcome you to the conference and encourage you to actively contribute to a successful event.
    Werner Weiss, AEEINTEC, Austria                                                          Xavier Vallvé, Trama TecnoAmbiental, Spain

  • Lagos, Nigeria - 2 Days
    April 26

    GTR West Africa 2023: A New Dawn: Plotting a Course for West African Trade

    Global Trade Review returns to Lagos on April 26-27, where GTR West Africa 2023 will once again bring together the leading minds in trade, supply chain, export and infrastructure financing for two days of unrivalled networking and lively debate.

    Amongst the very first significant market gatherings to take place following Nigeria’s historic 2023 general election, the next edition of this long-established series comes highly anticipated and perfectly timed to facilitate dealmaking as Africa’s largest economy springs back into action.

    Welcoming a distinguished speaker roster featuring the region’s leading corporates, financiers and digital innovators, expert-led discussion will assess evolving trade opportunities and financing conditions under Nigeria’s new President and in key markets across West Africa.

    With a strong emphasis on high quality networking and audience interaction, GTR West Africa 2023 provides the unique opportunity to join debate on themes ranging hard currency liquidity and the need to boost food security, to sovereign debt sustainability concerns, infrastructure financing and the fintech innovations supporting the establishment and growth of West African supply chains.


    Event discussion themes include:

    • Hard currency trade liquidity challenges and solutions
    • Boosting food security with specialised finance
    • Infrastructure financing and sovereign debt sustainability
    • Key innovations across the digital trade ecosystem
    • Building resilience into African supply chains


  • Virtual - 2 Days
    May 3

    2023 Women in Global Development Leadership Forum

    Your ticket to the 2023 Women in Global Development Leadership Forum gets you six months of exclusive leadership development opportunities (March-August, 2023)

    The WILD Forum connects visionary people from across the global development sector to exchange ideas, tools, and perspectives, empowering you to become the best leader you can be.

    You’ll gain transformative insights to be more effective in the work that you do, and to foster a culture of inclusive leadership within your own organization and across the sector.

    Join 1,300 women and men from 125+ countries. Together, we’re building a global community of people committed to multiplying their own impact – so we can address the world’s toughest problems, faster.

    How you’ll learn, share and connect

    The WILD Forum brings you content and speakers that offer concrete and transferable learning in fun, inspiring formats.

    Another advantage? You’ll connect with others in an authentic way – which makes the WILD Forum one of the best networking events of the year.

    Thank you to the global community who shapes our program. More than 75 speakers bring their knowledge, lived experience and research to refine the WILD Forum conversation.

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  • World Bank, 1818 H Street NW, Washington DC 20433 - 1 Day
    May 4

    Measuring Development 2023: Mitigating the Risks and Impacts of Climate Change

    Human activity has caused precipitous increases in greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, resulting in a one degree warming of average global surface temperatures over the past century.  As the planet responds to rising emissions, extreme weather events are expected to become more frequent, distressing both natural and human systems. Researchers and practitioners need innovative analytical tools and data sources to understand how to mitigate the risks and impact of climate change on welfare.  COP27 ended with a compromise to create a fund sourced from developed countries to remedy climate change damages in low income and fragile contexts. This adds to the panoply of climate funds and financial tools geared toward broader action on climate change and the commitment of all development institutions to align their financing with the Paris Agreement. To make sure these investments maximize well-being and protect those who are most at risk, we need to assess not only what the damages would be and who would be most vulnerable, but also what mitigation and resilience strategies are most effective.To this end, the World Bank’s  Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) department and Data Analytics and Tools (DECAT) unit, the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), and the University of Chicago’s Development Innovation Lab (DIL) will host the ninth annual Measuring Development Conference (MeasureDev). The Mitigating the Risks and Impacts of Climate Change conference will convene researchers at the frontiers of physical and social sciences and decision-makers who influence humanity’s responses to the challenges of climate change.  It will showcase innovative data sources and analytical techniques to better monitor emissions and appraise efforts to mitigate their consequences.  MeasureDev will feature a series of presentations, panel discussions, and lightning talks on novel applications of mobile data, satellite imagery, remote sensing technologies, and the computational approaches to make sense of the data to provide more granular, frequent, and accurate insights regarding our changing climate and actions to respond.  Participants will learn about the frontiers of measurement using these approaches and gain perspectives from leading academic and industry pioneers. Researchers, graduate students, practitioners, policymakers, and industry partners are all welcome to submit to our call for speakers using this form.

    Featured Speakers

    Stéphane Hallegatte

    Senior Climate Change Adviser, Climate Change, World Bank

    Rachel Glennerster

    Associate Professor of Economics, University of Chicago

    Tamma Carleton

    Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics, UC Santa Barbara

    Conference, Speaker
  • ECOSOC Chamber (tbc), Conference Building, United Nations Headquarters, New York - 1 Day
    May 5

    Global Solutions Summit 2023


    Global Solutions Summit 2023 (GSS 2023) will be held at the margins of the STI Forum in New York, with a focus on Leveraging the Diaspora, Youth, and the African Continental Free Trade Area to Harness Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs 2030.

    GSS2023 will address following question: How can Africa achieve the SDGs by leveraging the diaspora, youth, and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area to (i) accelerate the development and deployment of sustainable, inclusive technology and (ii) develop value-added activities in Africa’s manufacturing, agriculture, and service sectors?  This focus is explicitly designed to complement the discussions at the Fifth African Science, Technology and Innovation Forum 2023 which convened in Niamey, Niger on February 26-27, 2023 and the  1st STI in Africa Day which will convene at the UN on May 2.

    GSS2023 will assemble a roster of thoughtful doers — women and men who are actively working in the field to surmount these development challenges – to (i) discuss specific capacity building policies and programs, including workforce training and development, that would strengthen the local private sector’s ability to find, evaluate, adapt, utilize, and deploy technology to address priority development objectives; (ii) showcase financially and socially sustainable, inclusive business models for deploying development solutions; (iii) explain how the Diaspora can support these objectives; and (iv) highlight the importance of developing technology roadmaps to guide public and private implementation of these development objectives.

    The co-organizers of GSS 2023 are the Global Solutions Summit (GSS), in partnership with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) and its Affiliate Member, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

    Time: 10:00 AM ET

  • Dhaka, Bangladesh - 2 Days
    May 9

    The 11th South Asia Economic Policy Network Conference on Social Progress in South Asia

    While inequality in outcomes (consumption or income) in South Asia is moderate (with Gini coefficients ranging between 0.3 and 0.4), South Asia ranks among the least intergenerationally mobile regions in the world. For example, in South Asia, educational achievement is heavily dependent on the education of one’s parents: less than 9 percent of individuals whose parents’ education level was in the bottom half of the population reach levels of education of the highest educated 25 percent. These ‘sticky’ disparities in education translate into disparities in incomes and are extremely difficult to reduce.

    More generally, South Asia is one of the regions with the largest inequality of opportunity. Inequality of opportunity refers to inequality that is due to circumstances out of the control of the individual. Social progress for South Asians is not only heavily dependent on parental background, but also on other circumstances such as gender, race, caste, or place of birth.

    More than two decades of sustained economic growth across most of South Asia brought significant poverty reduction but inclusive social progress has remained elusive. In fact, high inequality of opportunity (and correspondingly low social mobility) can become a drag on future growth and jeopardize the achievement of development goals and eradication of poverty in the South Asia region. Inequality of opportunity is more detrimental to growth and societal cohesion than inequality of outcomes (Ferreira et al 2018, Marrero and Rodriguez, 2013, Narayan et al, 2018, Bussolo et al, 2019). In societies with low equality of opportunity, talented individuals may not reach their full potential because they are constrained by circumstances rather than by their lack of effort. To the extent that inequality in opportunity can be remediated, this may lead to greater equity, social cohesion, political stability and growth.

    In addition to objective inequality, perceptions or subjective measures of inequality are also important because of their implications for redistributive policies (Bénabou & Tirole, 2006, Gimpelson and Treisman, 2018). As in other parts of the world, perceptions of worsening inequality have been on the rise, even in cases where objective inequality has been stable or decreasing and, correspondingly, demands for corrective action have been increasing. For example, between 2006 and 2012 in India the share of people reporting that incomes should be more equally distributed increased from 33 to 48 percent, according to the World Value Survey data. Rather than misperceiving inequality, subjective views are likely encompassing a broader definition of inequality that correlates not only with objective inequality, but also with poverty and insecurity, as well as with fairness and social mobility, own individual or household situation, and ideology.

    Against this backdrop, the World Bank, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) and the South Asia Economic Policy Network invite papers addressing one of the following (or related) questions:

    • What factors drive intergenerational mobility and equality of opportunity in the South Asia region?
    • What is the role of social structures such as caste systems, ethnicity, gender, and religious divisions in overall inequality in South Asia?
    • What type of public policies and interventions can remove obstacles to intergenerational mobility and thereby promote equality of opportunity across individuals?
    • What is the role of social movements/democratic civil society in generating evidence and raising voices?

    We strongly encourage the submission of internationally publishable academic papers, especially from female researchers from South Asia. The conference on May 9-10 will be in-person and hosted by BIGD (the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with the possibility of connecting online for non-speakers. The sessions will feature paper presentations, a keynote lecture, and a high-level policy panel.

    Deadline for submission: Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

    Submission guidelines:

    • Please submit your paper to
    • Only completed papers will be considered
    • Submissions should be made in .doc, .docx or .pdf file formats
    • The subject line should include the text “SAEF Conference 2023 Submission: [LAST NAME OF CORRESPONDING AUTHOR, PAPER TITLE]”
    • The body of the email should clearly indicate the names of the authors, and have the contact information of the corresponding author
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