Press Release: SOCAP Virtual: A Global Impact Summit Convenes Community of Social Impact Stakeholders for 13th Annual Conference October 19-23
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Interview: Fred Swaniker on How Entrepreneurs Could Help Africa Emerge Stronger From the Coronavirus Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled much of the global economy, with potentially disastrous impacts for many African nations. But there are signs of hope, too.
- Sub-Saharan Africa
Learning From Emerging Markets Entrepreneurs During COVID-19: What Lockdowns Teach Us About Resilience
How can entrepreneurs in emerging markets build their resilience to the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19? What tools enable them to adapt when everything around them has changed? Wendy Chamberlin at the BOMA Project and Larry Reed at Soul of Finance discuss ways to support – and learn from – African business owners during the pandemic.
Financing “Missing Middle” Enterprises in the Age of COVID-19: Leveraging Nontraditional Finance Pathways in Emerging Markets
COVID-19 has made access to capital for small and growing businesses in emerging markets more essential than ever. But according to Julia Kho at Triple Jump and Kusi Hornberger at Dalberg Advisors, these businesses have very different crisis-related financing needs. They explore how finance providers can understand these diverse needs and identify the best approaches to fill them.
A trafficking survivor, 35-year-old Chalwadi has been looking for new clients since businesses started reopening as India gradually exited from a 11-week COVID-19 total lockdown, with many restrictions still in place across the country.
- Asia Pacific
It can be hard to think about recovery while much of the world remains in the eye of the COVID-19 storm. But according to Vanessa Erogbogbo at the International Trade Centre and Ayesha Khanna at CARE Enterprises Inc., we must begin to envision a world on the other side of the pandemic – and that process must involve investment in small businesses that create positive economic impact for women.
Mercy Corps has a new CEO, replacing its longtime leader who resigned last year over the international relief agency’s handling of credible accusations of child abuse against one of its founders.
The Game-Changing Potential of a Regulatory Sandbox: Why Creating a Safe Space for Digital Innovation Is a Necessity for Financial Inclusion in Bangladesh
While Bangladesh has made notable progress in accelerating financial inclusion, around 50% of Bangladeshis still remain unbanked. As Jakirul Islam at Bank Asia points out, this highlights a need for more technological disruption – and more regulatory innovation. He explores the potential of a “regulatory sandbox” approach, in which the government provides a safe harbor for businesses to test inventive new products, services and business models.