The time is ripe for impact investing in the Pacific Islands, home to some of the world’s most unique ecologies and high-value products, untapped informal sector creativity, and burgeoning entrepreneurs innovating through traditional patterns of climate and community resilience. Gender lens investing has the potential to precipitate significant social and economic gains. Although the Pacific Islands are ranked among the world’s lowest for women’s economic opportunities, women play a significant economic role, being responsible for the majority of food production in Papua New Guinea (worth $55m in total), 40% of micro-enterprises in Samoa, and 90% of market activity in the Solomon Islands’ Honiara Central Market (worth $10-16m in total).
Join IIX and Pacific RISE for a live discussion on impact investing in the Pacific, the role of gender lens investing in driving growth and current investment opportunities.
Pacific RISE is an Australian Government funded initiative.
Massive gaps in income can destabilise the financial and social systems within which investors operate, and this can translate into risks that could affect long-term investment performance.
The PRI funded research by The Investment Integration Project (TIIP) which examined Why and how investors can respond to income inequality. The PRI is hosting a series of webinars to explore how this practical guide can help institutional investors integrate income inequality considerations into investment policies and practices. The webinars will also serve as an opportunity for investors to engage with the authors of the report.
The guide addresses three themes:
- Employee relations and the structure of labour markets
- Corporate tax policies and practices
- Levels of CEO compensation
For each of these themes, the report explores approaches investors can take to positively and effectively influence key current system-level frameworks, and address concerns material to their long-term financial interests and performance.
“Transformation” is a much-used, and abused, term. Most commonly, it’s employed to simply describe a really big change. But looking at it as a type of change, distinct from “incremental” and “reform,” is critical to actually working for transformation.
Understanding the distinctions between these three types of change has deep implications for strategies and actions, especially within the context of systems change.
This webinar will focus on actions that support change, such as impact investors’ and entrepreneurs’, and how their impact can be enhanced through deepened understanding of transformation-specific tools and strategies.
The 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming states that “limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,” necessitating transformation of the private (business), public (government), and social (non-profit) sectors.
This webinar will address the following questions:
- What is transformation in the context of systems change?
- What is the difference between the three types of change: incremental, reform and transformation?
- How do we achieve transformation?
- What strategies are most effective in achieving transformation?
Education is at the heart of human progress and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It enables people to build better lives and equips business and society to address our world’s interconnected issues and opportunities.
Business has a strong incentive to invest in strengthening skills and knowledge for sustainable development. Companies’ performance and progress on the SDGs are increasingly linked to opportunities and risks driven by environmental and social trends. Skills for sustainable development are vital for business leadership, innovation and a productive, adaptable workforce. Companies can gain a competitive advantage by equipping their employees with the skills and knowledge needed to make the most of the opportunities ahead.
Our new report 33 offers examples of how business can help people gain the skills and knowledge to advance sustainable development, navigate the future of work and create a more prosperous society. Following recent interviews with educators and companies, the report shares insights and recommendations for business to promote education and training for sustainable development. The project was led by a consortium of partners, including Business Fights Poverty, Pearson, Arizona State University and PRME, an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact.
Business, educators and learners all have a stake in the future of work and job skills. The ability to adapt to the changing needs of the economy and workforce is closely connected to progress on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The role of business in education and training for sustainable development plays a significant part in delivering on this ambitious agenda.
Alison Taylor, Managing Director, BSR
Jason Franz, Senior Manager, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, ASU
Jason Walters, Director of Sustainability, Pearson
Florencia Librizzi, Senior Manager, PRME
Levan Pangani, President, oikos International
Daphne Halkias, Professor, International School of Management Paris
Moderator: David Norman, Challenge Director, Business Fights Poverty
Q1. How should business collaborate better with partners to advance education for sustainable development and connect it to job skills and career paths?
Q2. What kinds of training investments work best to deepen employees’ sustainable development skills and knowledge?
Q3. What does it take for companies to open up and share more of their internal business learnings on what works and what doesn’t for sustainable development?
Q4. What should companies do differently to highlight the business demand for sustainable development skills and knowledge?
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If you cannot attend an onsite Microfin training, participating in this online, collaborative training is a good second option. You will learn how to turn operational assumptions into a business plan using the most powerful, industry standard, budgeting tool, Microfin. Microfin has been the industry standard for financial projections for Microfinance Institutions for over 20 years and new enhancements make the tool more valuable than ever.
Are you struggling with how to create your 2018/19 budget? Do you want to use actual results to project better plan for next year? Have you looked at Microfin in the past and have been confused about where to start? If so, then this training is for you.
The course is offered in two-hour sessions each day with two start times as follows, based on demand:
- 6 am – Seattle, USA | 9 am Washington DC, USA | 2 pm London, UTC | 4 pm Beirut | 5 pm Nairobi.
- 8pm – Seattle, USA | 2 pm London, UTC | 9:30 am India | 10:30 am Myanmar | 11 am Cambodia and Indonesia | 12 pm Philippines
In recent years the geopolitical landscape has changed, with powerful effects on the context and practices of humanitarian action. Irregular migration, epidemics and conflict have stretched the capacity of the humanitarian system and are reshaping the relationships not only within it, but also with development actors, governments and civil society organisations, amongst others.
This discussion, drawing on The 4th edition of The State of the Humanitarian System (SOHS), looks back at what has shaped the humanitarian landscape from 2015 to 2017 and forward to the challenges ahead. It outlines humanitarian needs in the period, provides an overview of the resources that were available to address these needs, describes the current size and structure of the humanitarian system and presents an assessment of the performance of the system in addressing these needs.
Register your interest in joining our invitation-only launch event via the form above. The launch will also be livestreamed.
For more information about The State of the Humanitarian System reports and upcoming launches, visit www.alnap.org/sohs
Webinar: Gateway Academy: Facilitating Partnerships with Financial Inclusion Training Providers: The Supply Side
CGAP’s Gateway Academy acts as a market facilitator among training service providers (TSPs) who design, develop, and deliver professional development courses to meet the learning needs of staff working in financial service institutions. Partnerships have impacted every angle of Gateway Academy’s approach to market, program, platform development, and ongoing operations.
In this webinar, Strathmore Business School joins Gateway Academy to discuss why and how partnerships are integral in delivering digital learning for Sub-Saharan Africa audiences.
Speakers will cover topics such as:
- Partnership incentives and motivations for TSPs in digital learning;
- Business model considerations; and
- Lessons learned, growth opportunities, and unanticipated outcomes.
Target Audience: Training service providers, eLearning practitioners, and organizational development and capacity building practitioners.
The October 8, 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming“limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,” necessitating significant systems change in the private (business), public (government), and social (non-profit) sectors. As emphasized in the Impact Entrepreneur Center/Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors September 2018 Report, , there is a clear mandate to move “beyond incremental change to real transformation,” to the building of a new “impact economy” that is regenerative, resilient and circular, and which is distinguished by a business sector anchored to the triple bottom line.Philanthropies and individual philanthropists can and should play a central role in building an impact economy, at the local/regional, national or global scales, according to the scale of their resources and scope of their charitable mandate. However, only a small number of foundations spend more than their legal minimum of 5% of assets each year on advancing their social missions, and individual philanthropists are generally not aware that they can make use of donor advised funds and other instruments to seed impact businesses. This needs to change.This virtual fireside chat between Clara Miller, one of the pioneering figures in impact philanthropy, and Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker, will address philanthropy’s shifting role in society, and the ways in which foundations and philanthropists can most effectively address the epochal challenges described in the IPCC Special Report and its urgent, 10-year timeline for transformational change, and contribute to the building of an impact economy.Topic areas will include:
- Philanthropy’s historical roots
- Impediments to philanthropic engagement in impact economy building
- Successful philanthropic strategies in impact economy building
- Steps to achieving “all in” — 100% of assets aligned with furthering social mission
- Integrated finance strategies (blending philanthropic, government and private capital)
- Philanthropy and the early stage (seed to growth) impact entrepreneur