Over the course of 2019, there has been a discernable, growing focus on “authenticity” in the impact investing and entrepreneurship space. As more and different types of capital — some of which is more unintentional and self-interested than conscious and mission-centric — enter the space, there has been an increasing interest in finding ways to maintain authenticity and keep impact investing “on mission”.
In this 2019 Year in Review webinar, three impact investing luminaries address these and related questions:
- What is authenticity in impact investing?
- Is “impactwashing” (or “greenwashing”) a growing concern? If so, how can it be identified and, if necessary, called out?
- How vulnerable are ESG practices in/reporting by public companies and ESG investing to impactwashing?
- What is the relationship between personal authenticity/transformation and authentic impact investing?
- What steps can impact entrepreneurs take to ground their businesses in authenticity and locate capital that is truly mission aligned?
- How does the growing practice of place-based investing assist in grounding authenticity of impact? What are the challenges of maintaining authentic impact focus in this community-centric investing and entrepreneurship movement?
- Why is authenticity essential for building a transformational impact economy?
In the global nutrition sector the focus on interconnectedness is omnipresent — but has this approach really worked in practice, at scale?As part of the Scaling Nutrition content series, Devex and The Eleanor Crook Foundation are hosting a digital event designed to spark a productive debate on scalable solutions to end global malnutrition by 2030. Devex Editorial Director, Richard Jones, will lead a nuanced conversation highlighting the tension between a push for more multisectoral approaches on one hand and the need for simplicity when designing for scale on the other.Join the online conversation using #ScalingNutrition
Joanne Sonenshine, Founder+ CEO of Connective Impact, will review 2020 partnership trends, and help you get your strategy ready for the new year.
Joanne will review partnerships in the areas of fundraising, co-funding, implementation, impact investment, innovation, and more.
Bring your questions, and be ready to take notes!
IPA Webcast: The Skills We Really Need: The Impacts of The Educate! Experience, a Skills-Based Education Program for Secondary School Students in Uganda
How do we give youth the skills to succeed in life? It’s a universal question, but one that has particular relevance in sub-Saharan Africa, where high school graduates face very limited formal job opportunities and often aren’t equipped with the relevant skills and knowledge to start their own businesses. Women face particular challenges in the educational, economic, and social spheres. One way to address these challenges may be to teach students the hard and soft skills required to be successful in their future work and lives. But can these skills, particularly soft skills—like self-control, persuasion, creativity, and grit—be taught to adolescents, and if so, what happens for youth who are equipped with these new skills? New and exciting results from a four-year evaluation shed light on these questions, offering new insights into what works.
On December 13, 2019, IPA will host an interactive webinar on The Skills We Really Need: The Impacts of a Soft Skills and Entrepreneurship Program for Secondary School Students in Uganda. In this webinar, Laura Chioda (World Bank) and Paul Gertler (University of California, Berkeley) will present on the 4-year findings from a randomized evaluation in Uganda of the Educate! Experience program, a social leadership and entrepreneurship skill development program targeting students during the last two years of secondary school. Meghan Mahoney (Educate!) will present on the program and Educate!’s motivation for the evaluation, and Heidi McAnnally-Linz (IPA) will host and moderate.
Global Health University offers free webinars with leading experts in global health and social entrepreneurship.
Learn from leading experts about mentorship and collaboration. The webinar will include guidance and advice from six panelists, as well as ample opportunity to ask the speakers questions about effective mentorship and collaboration. The webinar will include six panelists who will share insights about collaboration and mentorship, the importance of humility and integrity, and engage in an honest, in-depth discussion about how to effectively apply these skills across settings. This webinar is ideal for students and professionals, as well as university advisors and faculty.
Are drones the future of health care delivery? Join us for this webinar conversation with Hamadou Dicko from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and Dr. Olivier Defawe and Luciana Maxim from VillageReach.
How do impact investors and policymakers use and rely on census data? And what are the consequences for impact investors if the census fails to include all our communities?Join Mission Investors Exchange on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 3 PM ET for a 90-minute webinar exploring why and how foundations and other impact investors are mobilizing to get out the count for the 2020 Census. This webinar will dive deep into these key areas:-Understanding how census data is used in impact investing, policy, and much more.-Understanding the risks of inaccurate data and why policy makers and others are so alarmed about the potential for an under-count in 2020. We’ll particularly focus on risks for vulnerable populations, including households with young children, mixed-status families, immigrants, refugees, Native communities on tribal lands, people in the rural south, and other under-counted groups.-How you can take action, including how philanthropy is using its resources to mobilize capital right now to fill funding gaps and support organizations on the ground reaching hard-to-count populations.
To achieve inclusive business growth and scale, companies not only need to have the right products, services and business model, but also the appropriate management practices. Base of the Pyramid (BoP) markets require the adaptation of traditional management practices or the development of new ones. The multinational corporations (MNCs) engaging in the BoP market are often faced with unfamiliar contexts, new kinds of customers and suppliers, thin and volatile operating margins, and long timeframes to scale and produce financial returns.
Based on the Business Call to Action’s recently launched report documenting the findings drawn from a decade of experience engaging with inclusive business globally, this live webinar will explore how innovative management practices tailored to the BoP market can provide competitive advantage, ensure a better understanding and responsiveness to stakeholders, and balance short-term stability with long-term viability. The panel of experts features companies who took part in the What Does It Take to Go Big report.
This event is part of the Inclusive Business Boost series funded by the UK Department for International Development.