With large numbers of vulnerable refugees fleeing unrest in their countries and settling in refugee camps, providing economic opportunities is essential for communities to survive. VisionFund International along with its local microfinance institution, VisionFund Uganda, and other partners recently completed an assessment of the savings and lending activity in Uganda’s West Nile region to determine the viability of providing financial services to these community groups. The assessment reviewed the primary sources of income and livelihood activities, and the opportunities and challenges the population faced.
Join speaker Martina Crailsheim, Refugee Microfinance Manager of VisionFund International, as she presents the assessment results and business opportunities in West Nile that merit providing financial services to the host population and refugees, especially in those areas where there is currently limited or no presence of formal financial institutions.
Join us on Thursday, May 23 at 12:00 PM ET for an MMI NetMeeting that will unpack the why, what, and how of sustainable investing. Building on the new Fundamentals of Sustainable Investment: A guide for financial advisors from MMI and The Investment Integration Project (TIIP), our expert panel will:
- confront pervasive industry myths about sustainable investment and explain the realities;
- disentangle the complicated web of vocabulary used to describe sustainable investment; and
- provide practical recommendations on how firms can help advisors implement sustainable investing with clients.
Virtual / Johannesburg, South Africa - 1 DayThursday
The rise of digital superplatforms is already changing digital financial services. In this webinar, we will look at the implications of recent developments for this evolution including the NYSE listing of Jumia and the Digital Competition report of the UK’s Furman Commission. The webinar is led by David Porteous, Chairman of DFI.
In the USA, there have been a number of focused and specialist efforts to direct impact funds at marginalized communities where there are concentrations of people of color. These efforts are important and potentially significant because they come after decades of urban blight, discrimination and regeneration that led to displacement. In this webinar, we will discuss and learn about:
- Product development to directly channel finance to social justice and anti-racism not for profits and projects that focus on empowerment of people of color
- Specialist funds launched by large institutional investors to reinvigorate marginalized communities
- Social Venture funds deploying capital to founders who would otherwise have limited access to funds
- Efforts to improve racial diversity in the impact investment community by promoting and strengthening LPs, fund managers and other decision makers
This webinar is the second in a series of three programs focused on diversity, inclusion and accountability in impact investment designed in collaboration with Gillian Marcelle of Resilience Capital Ventures LLC. For more information on the series, visit this link.
At the end of last year, we spoke to 27 micro-entrepreneurs in Kenya about how they use platforms (from social media sites to e-commerce marketplaces and online freelancing websites) in their day-to-day business. The platform practices these conversations revealed include: the prevalence of social media use, the intermingling of online and offline worlds, the adjustments made to tweak online credibility, and the unique approaches to upskilling. We are excited to be launching our research and invite you to join our webinar where we will delve into a deeper understanding of what it means to be a micro-entrepreneur in the platform era, how the spread of platforms presents new opportunities—and challenges—for their economic and financial inclusion.
Step-by-step interactive training on how to write a winning grant proposal and improve your chances of funding success. Take advantage of our post-training support and let our expert review your proposal before you submit it to potential donors. Sign up now!
Learn how to write winning grant proposals in just 2 days!
8 key skills you will learn:
- Understand what type of donors will be interested in your project and how to approach them in a professional manner.
- Learn howproposal evaluators will read your proposaland how to address donors’ requirements and expectations.
- Define the strategies and appropriate methodology for development of your grant proposal and apply the suitable proposal style.
- Learn how to use a logical framework to structure your proposal and how to build an evaluation plan.
- Learn how to create a project needs analysis and adequate solution within your project idea.
- Find out how to incorporate a cost analysis properly and master the art of preparing accurate and realistic budgets.
- Improve your writing skills and learn how to proofread and edit effectively.
- Learn how to assemble a proposal package for submission and how to manage post-award or rejection communication with funders.
The training is delivered by an expert in European and International Politics. Penelopi has been working with nonprofit, community-based and civil society organisations in international development projects and programmes. She has been providing training, including grant proposal writing training, and technical assistance in EC funded projects over the last 16 years,
Her professional experience covers implementation and management of technical assistance projects for major international donors (EU, World Bank, UNDP), with a solid track record as a grant expert, collaborating with donors and program directors to pair program needs with appropriate funding sources, overseeing grant proposal writing, contracts, and award phases of grants and endowments and managing projects’ spending, reports and invoicing.
She has been providing technical assistance to programme initiators in the development and launching of grant schemes by preparing calls for proposals and guidelines for applicants in different sectors including regional development, social inclusion, economic competitiveness and energy efficiency.
Webinar: Why Gender & Land Matter in Rural Ghana and the World: The Importance of Closing the Gender Gap in Agricultural Development
Join us on Thursday, May 2, at 10 a.m. CDT / 3 p.m. GMT for the webinar, Why Gender & Land Matter in Rural Ghana and the World: The Importance of Closing the Gender Gap in Agricultural Development. Soybean Innovation Lab Researchers’ Kathleen Ragsdale, Mary Read-Wahidi, and Gina Rico Méndez will co-present with implementing partner Mawuli Asigbee on issues related to land tenure, access, and rights. Drawing on their work in Ghana with men and women soybean producers, the panelists will explore with you how to frame research questions to examine land rights issues central to gender responsive agricultural development. Join us on May 2nd!
Many NGOs and social enterprises use physical assets as vehicles for change, and therefore need to track those items carefully. In areas with poor internet connectivity, tracking items and impact can be especially difficult.
World Bicycle Relief‘s Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP) works to improve the quality of life for children, households and communities through the power of bicycles. By distributing their Buffalo Bicycles to children in rural, developing areas, World Bicycle Relief has increased school attendance of vulnerable schoolchildren by 28%. They’re using Salesforce and the TaroWorks offline mobile field service app to track bicycle maintenance statuses, and track outcomes of schoolchildren at school.
We’re excited to be joined by Alisha Myers, Director of Monitoring & Evaluation at World Bicycle Relief, and Wilmarié Moreland, Director for Africa at Vera Solutions, as they share their journey of building a barcoding and tracking system in Salesforce.com that supports their work in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi,and Kenya.