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  • New York City & Online - 1 Day
    Thursday
    March 23
    2023

    WASH Works 2023

    On the sidelines of the U.N. Water Conference and as a continuation of the Devex WASH Works series, Devex will bring together leaders in person in New York City and online to discuss the ways in which water, sanitation, and hygiene efforts intersect with other development challenges, specifically in low- and middle-income countries.

    Water is fundamental to life yet water issues also threaten the lives of billions worldwide. One in 3 people cannot access safe drinking water, 2 out of 5 people don’t have basic hand-washing facilities including soap and water, and more than 673 million people still practice open defecation. Floods and other water-related disasters account for 70% of all deaths related to natural disasters.

    Access to WASH is a cross-cutting issue impacting numerous SDGs. Through insightful interviews and provocative debate, Devex reporters will dig into how water affects health, food, climate, gender, finance, and what the broader global development community needs to do to make urgent progress.

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  • Virtual and in London (Business Design Centre) - 3 Days
    Wednesday
    March 29
    2023

    8th Annual Sustainability Week

    Empowering businesses to accelerate action on sustainabilityMarch 29th-31st 2023 • Virtual and in London (Business Design Centre)

    8th annual Sustainability Week focuses on helping businesses become sustainable faster.

    We are the independent guide to sustainability, helping our audience cut through the noise and supporting them as they achieve sustainability goals and reach outcomes with actual business value. We help businesses, policymakers, financiers, investors, NGOs and others achieve sustainability goals, faster.In 2023 we will be back with an even bigger and better event to further serve these aims, with a large scale physical event bringing 1,000 attendees, 300 speakers and 50 exhibitors coming together from March 29th to 31st at the Business Design Centre, London, and online.We look forward to seeing you in 2023!Watch highlight reel from the 7th annual Sustainability Week here.

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  • Virtual and in London - 3 Days
    Wednesday
    March 29
    2023

    8th Annual Sustainability Week

    8th annual Sustainability Week focuses on helping businesses become sustainable faster.

    We are the independent guide to sustainability, helping our audience cut through the noise and supporting them as they achieve sustainability goals and reach outcomes with actual business value. We help businesses, policymakers, financiers, investors, NGOs and others achieve sustainability goals, faster.

    In 2023 we will be back with an even bigger and better event to further serve these aims, with a large scale physical event bringing 1,000 attendees, 300 speakers and 50 exhibitors coming together from March 29th to 31st at the Business Design Centre, London, and online.

    We look forward to seeing you in 2023!

    Watch highlight reel from the 7th annual Sustainability Week here.

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  • Prague, Czech Republic - 2 Days
    Thursday
    April 20
    2023

    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
    • REGULATORS PANEL
    • Embedded finance – fast & furious
    • Regulate & Innovate
    • Making Sustainability Profitable
    • Banking in the Metaverse
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  • Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg - 2 Days
    Tuesday
    April 25
    2023

    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!

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  • World Bank, 1818 H Street NW, Washington DC 20433 - 1 Day
    Thursday
    May 4
    2023

    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

    The World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) department generates high-quality and operationally relevant data and research to transform development policy, help reduce extreme poverty, and secure shared prosperity.The Analytics and Tools unit (DECAT) in the World Bank’s Development Economics Data Group delivers data science products and analytical services to support World Bank lending and data operations.The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is the West Coast hub for research on global development, headquartered at the University of California, Berkeley.The University of Chicago’s Development Innovation Lab is an affiliate of the Development Economics Center at the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics, which brings together scholars from across the UChicago community to address challenges to economic growth and political stability in developing countries.

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  • Dhaka, Bangladesh - 2 Days
    Tuesday
    May 9
    2023

    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 sarchiefeconomistoffice@worldbank.org
    • 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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  • Virtual & In-person - 4 Days
    Monday
    October 16
    2023

    Financial Inclusion Week

    FIW IS A FORUM FOR EXCHANGING IDEAS, RESEARCH, AND PERSPECTIVES FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

    The Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) convenes FIW each year and invites partner organizations to showcase work, share ideas on what’s ahead and engage with the community.

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