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  • Virtual - 3 Days
    Monday
    October 18
    2021

    SOCAP 21

    The impact movement’s flagship event, at the vanguard of the emerging global impact economy – SOCAP convenes ideas and capital to catalyze world change. It’s the largest gathering of investors, entrepreneurs and social impact leaders, who come together to accelerate progress against the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions.

    SOCAP is the largest and most diverse impact investing community in the world.

    We convene a global ecosystem and marketplace – social entrepreneurs, investors, foundation and nonprofit leaders, government and policy leaders, creators, corporations, academics and beyond –through live and digital content experiences that educate, spur collaboration, and inspire investment in positive impact. SOCAP unlocks the potential of markets to accelerate impact and has convened more than 100,000 people since our first event.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    October 20
    2021

    Harnessing Geospatial Data for SDG 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities

    Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050, according to the U.N. This shift creates its own development challenges and is further exacerbated by the growing impact of climate change. To cope with rapid urbanization, cities around the world are already harnessing geospatial data and technology in innovative ways to improve city services, coordinate city management, and improve the lives of urban dwellers.

    Community-based mapping techniques can improve urban planning through a range of applications, and geographic information systems, or GIS, has the power to combine and integrate various types of information to help decision-makers form a clear understanding of urban patterns and trends to allow for more effective allocation of resources and interventions.

    This event, hosted by Devex in partnership with Esri, will explore how geospatial data can play a critical role in supporting more resilient and sustainable cities. It will discuss the need to make accurate and timely geospatial data available and the tools needed to convert it into meaningful information for decision makers.

    Time: 10 a.m. ET | 4 p.m. CET

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Thursday
    October 21
    2021

    The Impact of the Creative Economy

    In her article, Impact Investing in the Creative Economy Today, Upstart Co-Lab Founding Partner Laura Callanan writes, “The creative economy is not only one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy, it is also highly transformative in terms of income generation, job creation, and export earnings. But opportunities are often unevenly distributed and, unless efforts are made, the environmental toll of this growth can be severe. There is the chance now – before the sector grows even larger – to shape the creative economy to be more inclusive and sustainable.”

    In this live, virtual fireside chat and audience Q&A, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker welcomes Laura Callanan to discuss the important role that the Creative Economy has in inspiring transformational change and creating impactful benefits across a wide geography of economic sectors, such as Ethical Fashion, Sustainable Food, Social Impact Media, and other creative businesses.

    Time: 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

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  • Virtual - 2 Days
    Tuesday
    October 26
    2021

    3rd Annual Asia-Pacific Microfinance Forum

    With a growing number of Fintech platforms and increased digitalization infiltrating the microfinance industry, the pressure to adapt and implement these technologies in order to stay competitive and innovative puts MFIs to the test. While some microfinance industries excel at digitalization, others struggle to keep up. Part of the challenge of technological transformation is the widespread skepticism of leaving behind traditional operations to adopt more digital ways of working. How well the industry has adapted to these changes and challenges varies from region to region and opens a multitude of possibilities to learn and start shifting from the basics to more complex areas of digitalization.

    Changing social expectations, like increased gender equality, and unprecedented external factors, like the outbreak of COVID-19, have major influences on the operational success of MFIs around the APAC region and have become common points of concern. This conference will be a platform for experts and industry professionals operating within microfinance to convene, network, and share knowledge and experiences. The common themes and topics of discussion will include the difficulties of digitalization and key trends for microfinance industry-players, challenging traditional working systems and innovating, and becoming more agile to changing external factors.

    Day 1:

    • Addressing One of the Great Pitfalls of Microfinance: Over-Indebtedness
    • Building Resilience to the Influences of Changing External Factors
    • PANEL DISCUSSION: COVID-19 and Microfinance – Impacts and Adjustments in the Asia-Pacific Region
    • Addressing the Gender Financing Gap
    • Tablet Banking: Looking Beyond the Basics
    • WORKSHOP: Finetuning Digitalization – Tools for Creating an Integrated Strategy for MFIs
    • Digital Competition: Surviving and Innovating
    • Digital Lending: Adapting to a New Lending Model

    Day 2:

    • DFS Innovations Extending Financial Inclusion
    • Mobile Wallets
    • PANEL DISCUSSION: Similar Economies, Varied Levels of Financial Inclusion
    • Leaving Behind Traditional Risk Assessment Models
    • Catering to Customers Unprepared for Technological Transformation
    • Exploring Alternative Sources of Capital
    • A Detour: P2P Lending
    • Resources Per Developmental Stage
    • Looking Beyond Capital Funding
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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Tuesday
    October 26
    2021

    Transformational Business Conference and Awards 2021

    The Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, will gather top investors, innovators, social entrepreneurs and other thought leaders for a major online event that will combine the announcement of the winners of the 2021 FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards with high-level debate on the challenges facing the developing world as it rebuilds in the wake of the pandemic.

    To reflect efforts to ensure an environmentally and socially resilient recovery, as well as the renewed global drive to address the climate emergency, this year’s awards honour those who are contributing to substantive progress in developing low-carbon urban infrastructure, smart agriculture and sustainable supply chains, and using disruptive technologies to deliver healthcare solutions and the education and skills training required for increasingly digital economies.

    The 2021 awards also recognise impact investment funds that are helping to scale up the most promising initiatives, and the innovative financial solutions being rolled out to boost female empowerment and women-led businesses in traditionally underserved sectors.

    All 35 short-listed initiatives will be presented in detail during the event, which will also include agenda-setting discussions on the climate challenge, the technologies that will accelerate a post-pandemic recovery, and how impact investing can be directed towards projects that will ensure more inclusive outcomes.

    Time: 12:20 PM BST l 7:20 AM ET

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Thursday
    October 28
    2021

    Amplifying Social Impact Through Systems Change

    Achieving UN’s Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] requires an all-hands, coordinated effort across stakeholders globally and working at population scale. The role of the social sector in achieving global impact is crucial but social sector organizations [SSOs] often work in isolation and are not able to connect their impact creation with the larger global picture. Traditional, uncoordinated direct-services approaches have produced limited impact, way short of what is required to achieve UN’s SDGs by 2030.

    There is therefore the need to transform how the world sees and addresses global challenges. Local projects need to connect with regional and national ones which in turn need to connect with global goals since all of these challenges are one continuum. What is becoming very clear is the need to look at problems systemically and address them by changing the rules that underlie systems.

    The actors involved in global systems change are many and diverse. They include civil society, social enterprises, businesses, governments. and individuals. What has the potential of binding them together is the science and art of systems thinking and its foremost application of systems change. In this webinar, PYXERA Global, in collaboration with Ashoka, brings together Anshu Gupta, Founder of India-based Goonj and an Ashoka Fellow along with Odin Muehlebein, Partner with Ashoka Germany, Systems Unit, Ashoka Globalizer and Shakti Saran, Senior Fellow at PYXERA Global. Anshu and Odin, in conversation with Shakti, will dwell on what needs to be redefined in social impact missions to achieve systems change and create a new generation of changemakers.

    Time: 06:30 PM in Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi l 9:00 AM EST

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  • Virtual - 4 Days
    Monday
    November 1
    2021

    Save the Date: Financial Inclusion Week

    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.

    The focus of FIW 2021 is on how COVID-19 has exposed the fragility of the global economy, with low-income households and small businesses bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s economic impact. The crisis ushered in a new era of digitalization, from the distribution of social payments to businesses adapting to sell products online or accept digital payments. This is in addition to systemic challenges of gender inequality in financial services, climate change, and data risks.

    Are you ready to join us to help solve these and other pressing challenges in financial inclusion?

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  • Virtual - -60 Days
    Wednesday
    November 3
    2021

    The Inside Story of FinHealth in America

    More than a year into the pandemic, many parts of the economy are thriving – but what’s actually happening inside American households? Join them online for EMERGE Insights, where they’ll dive deep into how Americans are faring financially and how these current trends will shape the future financial health landscape.

    More than a year into the pandemic, many parts of the economy are thriving – but what’s actually happening inside American households? Join them online for EMERGE Insights, where they’ll dive deep into how Americans are faring financially and how these current trends will shape the future financial health landscape.

    Exposing and Closing the Gaps

    In the wake of COVID-19, there has been an extraordinary amount of resiliency as well as an increasing divide between affluent American households and those who are experiencing ongoing hardships.

    At EMERGE Insights, we’ll discuss the barriers that citizens, customers, and employees are facing across racial, ethnic, and gender lines. Plus, you’ll hear big ideas about how to take the learnings from this year to improve the future of the U.S. economy, putting you at the forefront of improving financial health for all.

    Exposing and Closing the Gaps

    In the wake of COVID-19, there has been an extraordinary amount of resiliency as well as an increasing divide between affluent American households and those who are experiencing ongoing hardships.

    At EMERGE Insights, they’ll discuss the barriers that citizens, customers, and employees are facing across racial, ethnic, and gender lines. Plus, you’ll hear big ideas about how to take the learnings from this year to improve the future of the U.S. economy, putting you at the forefront of improving financial health for all.

    Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CT

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