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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Thursday
    February 20
    2020

    Webinar: Exploring the Circular Economy with Andrew Morlet

    Under Andrew Morlet’s leadership, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, based in the UK, has emerged as a global force on behalf of systems change and a sophisticated champion of the Circular Economy as a solutions framework for global social and environmental challenges. The Foundation’s latest release, Circulytics, is a “digital measuring tool that gives companies a fully comprehensive picture of their circularity across all operations.”

    In this virtual fireside chat, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker discusses with Andrew Morlet the nature of the Circular Economy and the latest thinking and practices that are helping the Circular Economy emerge as an effective and embraced solutions framework across business and investment as well as in education.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    February 12
    2020

    Webinar: Measuring Impact in Opportunity Zones

    This webinar delves into the controversial topic of how impact and its measurement are showing up in the landscape of Opportunity Zones. Media reporting has created a narrative that investments will primarily benefit wealthy investors, a narrative that is difficult to rebut given the lack of regulation to promote transparency and accountability. In this environment, champions of the potential for Opportunity Zones have sought to push forward tools and resources that will increase the flow of capital to under-resourced communities and support community-defined solutions. But with regulations only finalized at the end of 2019, there’s limited data to support a more complete narrative of what’s occurring inside Opportunity Zones or how it’s affecting residents and workers.

    This live webinar and audience Q&A will cover:

    •       a high-level regulatory and legislative overview with an impact reporting lens; an
    •       introduction to the Opportunity Zone Reporting Framework
    •       concrete examples of how the framework is operationalized among fund managers, developers, and communities
    •       the potential for a shared framework to understand impact and longer term outcomes of Opportunity Zones.

    Webinar panelists include Fran Seegull, who directs the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, an impact investing field building organization, Jennifer Collins of Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, and Adrian Franco of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Their organizations partnered together with multi-stakeholder engagement to develop the Opportunity Zones Reporting Framework— a shared approach to measuring and managing for impact in Opportunity Zones.  Jane Reisman, a social impact advisor engaged with field building and practice of impact measurement and management, will serve as moderator.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    February 12
    2020

    Webinar: Measuring Impact in Opportunity Zones

    This webinar delves into the controversial topic of how impact and its measurement are showing up in the landscape of Opportunity Zones. Media reporting has created a narrative that investments will primarily benefit wealthy investors, a narrative that is difficult to rebut given the lack of regulation to promote transparency and accountability. In this environment, champions of the potential for Opportunity Zones have sought to push forward tools and resources that will increase the flow of capital to under-resourced communities and support community-defined solutions. But with regulations only finalized at the end of 2019, there’s limited data to support a more complete narrative of what’s occurring inside Opportunity Zones or how it’s affecting residents and workers.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    February 5
    2020

    Webinar: Revisiting Savings Groups a Decade Later: What’s Left? What Do They Look Like?

    Over the last 25 years, development organizations have formed about 700,000 Savings Groups composed of 14 million members, across 75 countries. Most projects train and supervise groups for one year; and monitoring and results measurement seldom exceeds the project period, typically 2-3 years. What happens beyond then is mostly a black box.

    In 2019, with support from the SEEP Network and FSD Africa, L-IFT revisited more than 300 randomly-selected Savings Groups established in 2010-2011 – by Oxfam America, Freedom from Hunger and the Strømme Foundation in Mali, and CARE International in Uganda. The researchers tracked each group over three months, observing group meetingsinterviewing group membersand estimating group survival and replication rates – and collecting standardized performance data and comparing results to the first year of operations.

    This study explores the long-term performance and evolution of Savings Groups. Specifically, the study examines the financial performance, institutional performance, institutional relationships and activities of Savings Groups nearly a decade after formation. What’s left, and what does it look like? And for development organizations, what is the long-term return on investment in the formation of Savings Groups?

    In this webinar, the research team at L-IFT will present the main findings of the study, followed by a panel discussion with the University of Oregon, the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Uganda, The Share Trust and an independent researcher to triangulate the study results with emerging experience, policies and findings, and their implications…and there may be a few surprises.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    February 12
    2020

    Webinar: The Science of Organizational Purpose Activation

    In 2014, Aaron Hurst published “The Purpose Economy”, where he predicted that purpose was the next major economic era. The tipping point for this new economy came last year, as the Business Roundtable announcement to collectively redefine the purpose of a company reverberated across industries. Having a company purpose is quickly becoming table stakes, but having a purpose written in carefully composed sentences on a website is one thing–having your employees actively understanding, embracing and living it out is another. So the question now is how do organizations effectively activate their corporate purpose?

    Join Aaron Hurst (co-founder and CEO of Imperative, founder of Taproot Foundation) and Gavin Cepelak (Senior Vice President of Global Pro Bono at PYXERA Global) as they discuss what science tells us about activating organizational purpose and how companies can best engage their employees around it.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Friday
    January 24
    2020

    Webinar: Using Data to Better Understand Smallholder Farmers

    Not all smallholder farmers are the same. How can we gather meaningful information to understand the unique experiences of smallholder farmers and the specific challenges and barriers they face to increasing their income and resiliency?

    Join a diverse group of practitioners in a virtual bonfire chat about leveraging data to better understand, benefit and serve smallholder farmers. We will be joined by a number of discussants, including:

    Anthony Connor, Director of Partnerships, Dimagi
    Brent Chism, CEO, Taroworks
    Jennifer Himmelstein, Director of Corporate Analysis & Technical Assurance, ACDI/VOCA
    Nick Ramsing, Technical Director, Market Systems, MEDA

    Drawing insights from MEDA’s INNOVATE learning series, our discussion will explore questions including:

    – How can we better understand the perceived value and intra-household decision-making dynamics of smallholder farmers from a data model perspective?
    – What farm business data do we track? How do we employ a “lean” approach to collecting, storing and analyzing data?
    – How do we effectively channel insights into the design of products and services to target smallholder farming households’ value proposition?

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    January 15
    2020

    Webinar: The Rise of Pay-as-You-Go Smartphone Finance: A Conversation with PayJoy

    Despite the increasing prevalence of smartphones, these powerful pocket computers remain out of reach for many poor customers — particularly in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa, where penetration stands at only 34 percent. That may soon change thanks to companies like PayJoy, whose pay-as-you-go (PAYGo) financing products are putting smartphones in the hands of low-income customers in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

    As part of CGAP’s global exploration of innovations in asset finance, we invite you to join us for a webinar on PAYGo smartphone financing featuring PayJoy’s Tom Jahnes. By partnering with retailers and financial institutions, PayJoy allows customers to purchase a smartphone on credit and pay in installments over time. Each payment provides the customer with 30 days of use, after which the company’s “lock” app deactivates the phone until the next payment is made. Similar to the model used by PAYGo solar home system lenders, lockout technology allows PayJoy to leverage the value customers place in their phone to motivate loan repayment.

    This webinar will provide an overview of PayJoy’s global experience and an opportunity to dig into the implications that smartphone financing holds for the future of financial inclusion.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Friday
    January 24
    2020

    Webinar: A Virtual Conversation on Decolonizing International Development Aid

    This webinar will also take place on January 29.

    Population Works Africa is committed to amplifying diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives in international development. To do so, they have developed a 30 minute presentation to introduce the concepts behind the decolonization of international development. Intended to give a brief overview for audiences who are just starting to think of how race + privilege show up in the development sector

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