For over a decade, SOCAP has worked to surface new solutions by gathering diverse perspectives to address the unique obstacles that we all face when markets fail. We strive to better understand the challenges at hand and implement strategies to overcome those barriers. According to the W.K.Kellogg Foundation report, The Business Case for Racial Equity, “The average earnings of persons of color in the U.S. are 63% of the average earnings of Whites of the same age and gender.” People of color also start businesses at rates similar to Whites, however they are significantly underrepresented in access to capital, support services and mentorship with just “one percent of venture-backed founders are Black and 1.8 percent of venture-backed founders are Latinx” (The State of Inclusive Entrepreneurship: By the Numbers, The Case Foundation, October 2018).
At SPECTRUM, we gather business leaders, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, cross-sector practitioners, and investors to address this urgent need for access, inclusion, and impact across capital markets with intention and authenticity.
On June 9-11, SPECTRUM will host its second annual gathering in Atlanta, GA at the Gathering Spot. Through a curated mix of panel discussions, fireside chats, networking sessions, and receptions, SPECTRUM will cut through the noise to have honest and unfiltered conversations. Together we will identify pathways and action steps to closing the racial wealth gap, and creating systems that support entrepreneurs and business leaders of color.
GOGLA and The World Bank Group’s Lighting Global Program are excited to invite you to the next edition of the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo, 18 – 20 February 2020 in Nairobi.
The Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo is the premier meeting of the off-grid solar sector providing a unique platform for knowledge exchange, networking and showcasing off-grid solar products and services. The event aims to accelerate the development of the global off-grid solar market contributing to achieving universal energy access by 2030.
Created in 2014, Mondato Summit Africa was created to offer clarity in the chaotic and constantly changing digital finance and FinTech industry. It is an executive thought leadership event with a content-rich, interactive format aimed at driving the space forward through dialogue, partnerships and knowledge.
Pillars for the digitization of economies are being put into place across Sub-Saharan Africa. Still very much a mobile-first region, the continent is positioned as a leader in financial inclusion initiatives, with several markets on the forefront of establishing use cases for adoption of digital finance. But there is growing concern, and some empirical evidence, that though populations are becoming more ‘digitally included’, their lives are not necessarily improving financially. By some accounts, the fintech industry is expected to increase Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP by upwards of $150 billion by 2022. In order to achieve this, however, the focus may need to become more tailored to a range of user segments, such as urban and rural areas, SME and micro businesses, to women and migrants.
Fundamental questions exist: How best to identify and develop viable use cases, which will be deemed by the target segment to deliver appreciable? Are partnership models for fintech too flimsy or complex; and what might new alliances look like? How can progress and impact of these services be measured and optimized? Our host market, Mozambique, has a growing fintech sector, though its digital financial services ecosystem is still in the early stages of development.
Held in partnership with Financial Sector Deepening Mozambique (FSDMoç) and ARECOM, the seventh annual Mondato Summit Africa, the region’s premier digital finance thought leadership event, will showcase new and exciting use cases across sectors, and address the need to innovate and collaborate in order to drive the next wave of financial.
The Responsible Investment Forum returns to New York for its fourth year to bring together the most sophisticated LPs, GPs and associations to discuss why, when, and how your firm should be implementing an effective ESG strategy. ESG issues are at the heart of all PEI’s editorial coverage, with our reporters consistently following and scrutinizing the ways in which managers in the US are adopting responsible investment practices and what LPs are looking for as they consider investing in private equity. PEI, partnering with the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), continues to prove itself as a thought-leader in this area, and is at the forefront of covering the growth of ESG in North American private equity.
The Responsible Investment Forum returns to New York for its fourth year to bring together the most sophisticated LPs, GPs and associations to discuss why, when, and how your firm should be implementing an effective ESG strategy.
ESG issues are at the heart of all PEI’s editorial coverage, with our reporters consistently following and scrutinizing the ways in which managers in the US are adopting responsible investment practices and what LPs are looking for as they consider investing in private equity. PEI, partnering with the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), continues to prove itself as a thought-leader in this area, and is at the forefront of covering the growth of ESG in North American private equity.
The Second Global Summit on Food Fortification is part of a worldwide effort to invigorate interest, awareness and investment in Large-Scale Food Fortification (LSFF) and biofortification – two population-based interventions with enormous potential to contribute sustainably to reducing and preventing micronutrient deficiencies globally.
The Summit aims to build consensus around the most important actions that should be pursued in order for staple food fortification to meet its potential impact to reduce malnutrition worldwide.
The summit will explore complementarities between industrial fortification and biofortification, as well as lessons learned from industrial fortification that are applicable to efforts to scale up biofortification and maximise its impact.
Other themes to be featured in the Summit agenda include:
- A review of global progress since the first summit was held in Arusha, Tanzania in 2015.
- The complimentary roles of industry, government, academia, and civil society in ensuring the success and sustainability of fortification at national, regional, and global levels.
- Improving monitoring and ensuring quality and compliance of fortification across agriculture, trade and health systems.
- Measuring impact and using data for advocacy, to increase accountability and ensure evidence-based decisions.
- Improving national fortification programmes through advocacy, technical assistance, consumer activism and civil society engagement.
Wealth Managers, Investment Managers and Asset Owners all face evolving priorities in the sustainable and impact investing arena.
Join us for a unique one-day event that will bring together these key stakeholders with a roster of sustainable investing luminaries to unpack the opportunities and challenges of Aligning Mission with Investment Policy.
The Summit program is designed to address two critical and related topics. The morning sessions will focus on how ESG and data issues are impacting investment due diligence efforts, and the afternoon will provide a deep dive into strategies for effectively working with endowment and foundation clients.
With a high-impact mix of presentations, discussions, and real-world case studies, you’ll walk away from the day with expert insights, best practices, and actionable strategies.
Who should attend:
- Sponsor platform research and due diligence professionals
- National accounts and other investment manager professionals
- Financial Advisors, Family Office professionals, and their teams
- Consultants who specialize in the Foundations & Endowments market
As a special bonus, attendees will receive an advance copy of a new report from TIIP and MMI that outlines best practices for incorporating sustainable investing into manager due diligence PLUS one complimentary license for the MMI/Morningstar Sustainable Investing Curriculum, an eight-course online program that blends foundational knowledge with practical insights.
Don’t miss this special opportunity to engage with an all-star group of industry influencers and professionals aligned around the sustainable investing opportunity. We hope you will join us in Boston on January 9th – please also share this invitation with colleagues who would be interested in attending.
AFSIC is believed to be the largest Africa investment event taking place annually outside Africa and has become one of the most important conduits of investment into Africa. AFSIC, now in its 8th year, takes place 5th to 7th May 2020 in London. AFSIC is entirely focused on highlighting Africa’s most interesting investment opportunities and offering Africa’s business leaders the opportunity to hold highly focused investment meetings with the continent’s most important investors and proactive dealmakers.
1500+ of Africa’s most important investors, dealmakers and business leaders are expected to attend AFSIC in 2020. Over 300+ speakers will provide detailed insight into the positive economic transformation that many parts of Africa are currently experiencing. The event will showcase investor ready companies from around 40+ African countries, representing all regions in the continent, as well as country sessions and sector focused workshops that will allow a deep dive into a wide range of investment opportunities in Africa’s most exciting economies.
AFSIC provides you with an unparalleled opportunity to discover, develop and nurture a robust network of the highest quality business contacts across the African continent. The event provides multiple networking opportunities for African business leaders, investors and dealmakers to connect. These include matchmaking sessions dedicated to making the process of meeting investors easier, country specific sessions, sector focused events, various evening social functions and a sophisticated Event and Meeting App that allows delegates to prepare up to a month ahead for critical investment meetings. All these allow real investment deals to be originated and concluded during the course of AFSIC.
Investing for Impact ‘2020 vision’ will explore how after years of advocacy to become mainstream, the impact investment community now faces a different challenge: as more institutions and actors pile in, there is a growing fog and confusion about what impact investing really means, and how it intersects and overlaps with other linked domains like sustainable finance. Long-time impact investment voices also worry that charlatans are moving in, offering products with questionable impact credentials.
Who are the real deal socially conscious visionaries who have a plan to save or upgrade capitalism? What do they have to say to the sceptics that already dismissed social impact investing as a public relations exercise for an industry with a poor image? How to separate and capitalise on the authentic desire to do good from plain salesmanship rhetoric?
The Economist Events’ Investing for Impact summit returns to its fourth year in New York to take stock of an eventful time for the industry, to examine how it can deepen its reach, learn from failures and roadblocks, and leverage the latest developments in technology. We will dissect and analyse interlinked issues including the emergence of a new generation of young investors; the rise of fintech, robo-advisors and digital finance platforms, and the implications of political fragmentation.
We will convene, under the chairmanship of Economist editors, leading financiers, institutional investors, policymakers, academics, impact investors and philanthropies to also discuss and debate how large-scale financial institutions are thinking about their impact ventures, the rising investor appeal of disruptive environmental technologies, from renewable energy to alternative protein, and the alignments between faith-based investing and social impact.