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  • New York, NY - 1 Day
    Thursday
    December 5
    2019

    Making It Work: Avoiding a Race to the Bottom in the Gig Economy

    Behind each app is a global workforce of flexible workers, of which many are on low-incomes. Gig work has opened up opportunities for workers to make money, have side hustles, and build new digital livelihoods.

    But the new online jobs markets and commerce platforms, and the startups and tech companies that run them, come with new rules around wages, benefits, and even safety. So, can a gig worker actually make it to the top and earn a higher income with greater stability than before? Or, is it a race to the bottom in a cycle of low-wage and low-skilled digital “piece work”? When we imagine gig workers trying to make it in the US, or in global growth markets such as East Africa or Southeast Asia, is the gig economy a viable path to a meaningful and prosperous future of work?

    Join BFA and Quartz for an evening of insights, discussion, and networking with BFA CEO, Amolo Ng’weno, and Quartz Africa editor, Yinka Adegoke, and Olga Morawcynski, Senior Program Manager, Inclusive Digital Economies in Africa, Mastercard Foundation on Thursday, December 5th, from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. Guests will get a preview of our special podcast series by BFA and Quartz about digital platforms, e-commerce, and the future of work.

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  • Washington, DC - 1 Day
    Tuesday
    December 3
    2019

    Superplatforms: A Platform for Financial Inclusion, and More?

    As BFA concludes its FIBR four-year action research program on accelerating digital and financial inclusion in East and West Africa, we ask ourselves:

    1. Have superplatforms advanced financial inclusion? This was the hypothesis of our 2017 Inclusive Digital Ecosystems White Paper.
    2. Have platforms done more for development than just increasing the financial services on offer, such as unlocking productivity and livelihoods in Africa?
    3. If we believe platforms have a generative effect in the digital economy, how do we ensure platforms, little and big, local and global, continue to create and sustain generative value propositions for iWorkers: digitally-connected workers with smartphones, including young people, growing entrepreneurs, and micro and small businesses?

    Join BFA / FIBR for a lunch-and-learn on Wednesday, December 3 at CGAP offices at from 12pm to 1:30pm.

    Topics we will cover:

    1. Two years later, superplatforms continue to advance financial inclusion despite some increased scrutiny and decline in trust in BigTech.
    2. Superplatforms continue to organize and pull consumers into digital ecosystems. In Africa, BigTech superplatforms have not landed ashore but local superplatform-like players (Jumia and Cellulant) are growing market share.
    3. Superplatforms are generative, which is a driver for pulling in consumers into digital ecosystems and and an incentive for workers seeking a source of income.
    4. iWorkers are a future class of workers along the spectrum of informal-formal work, which policymakers can encourage by supporting progressive formalization.
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  • Nairobi, Kenya - 1 Day
    Monday
    September 30
    2019

    Learning Journeys of Smallholder Finance and Innovation Adoption Side Event

    This side event is on September 30 before the AFRACA International Conference on Best Practices in Rural and Agricultural Finance Oct 1-3.

    Hosted by MEDA INNOVATE, this side event showcases lessons and partner journeys to learn, test and document the experience of how non-traditional finance can support smallholder producers to uptake agricultural innovations and technologies in Kenya and Rwanda. The side event also aims to stimulate dialogue and discussion around the MEDA INNOVATE learning agenda on relevant themes and topics for the region with special focus on non-traditional financing models, gender and women economic empowerment.

    Speakers include Calvin Miller and INNOVATE partners Bidhaa Sasa, Dodore Kenya Ltd., and World Relief Rwanda.

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  • San Mateo, CA - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    October 30
    2019

    Innovations in Corporate Social Impact: Start-ups, Risk Taking & Profitable Social Impact

    ONE WORLD’s fourth annual Innovations in Corporate Social Impact program will focus on how organizations are solving their business challenges by partnering with social enterprise start-ups.

    Companies of all types are taking a fresh look at the broader impact of their work- how their employees, customers, and their communities are impacted by what and how they produce. While increasingly desirable for leaders to make sure their company has a positive societal impact, it is not often clear how that is done at scale, especially in a way that supports the business goals and financial targets.

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  • Brooklyn, NY - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    October 9
    2019

    Impact.Engineered

    Impact.Engineered is a forum recognizing and celebrating the engineering profession’s commitment and contributions to social and environmental innovation. This unique event convenes our global network of pragmatic optimists including engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, investors, academics and disruptors to explore their shared ambition to making a positive impact and figuring out how. Join us!

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  • Washington, DC - 5 Days
    Monday
    December 2
    2019

    Back to Boulder: Enhancing Strategic Relevance in Microfinance (B2B)

    It is with pleasure that we announce the 4th edition of the Back to Boulder:  Enhancing Strategic Relevance in Microfinance (B2B) program with a special track dedicated to digital financial services designed for C-Suite level executives and board members of financial service providers which will be held from December 2-6, 2019 in Washington, D.C., USA.

    The field of financial inclusion currently faces a contradiction in many markets: clients remain unbanked while certain market pockets have become oversaturated and highly challenging. Our new Back to Boulder:  Enhancing Strategic Relevance in Microfinance program brings together leaders from within and outside of the microfinance community, as well as international experts in leadership and change management, to provide participants with practical tools, cases and experiences in the areas of:

    • Risk Governance: Developing strategic responses to risk and crisis in order to protect the resiliency of your institution.
    • Enhanced Competitiveness: In these times of increased competition for clients’ wallets that comes from new delivery channels and disruptive innovators, we explore how to attract, keep and deepen relationships with clients.
    • Digital Financial Services:  What questions do directors need to ask as their teams develop and embark on digital strategies? Guided by innovators and specialists, explore both successful and failed cases while learning how to identify key factors.

    Through 32 academic hours, participants learn from over 15 renowned experts from within and outside of the microfinance community. Morning and afternoon plenary sessions provide insights into the complex nature of change leadership and explore how to remain pertinent given current market forces.

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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    Wednesday
    August 21
    2019

    Webinar: A Live Conversation with Sara Olsen: Stakeholders Voice and Impact Management Project

    Everything we do impacts people and the planet. Impact management is the ongoing practice of measuring those impacts to reduce the negative and increase the positive.

    The Impact Management Project (IMP) is a forum for building global consensus on how to measure, report, compare, and improve impact performance. IMP looks at five elements. WHAT, WHO, HOW MUCH, CONTRIBUTION, and RISK

    Stakeholder’s voice gives us information about “WHO” do enterprises affect? How underserved are they in relation to the outcomes delivered by enterprises? To address these questions, we analyze the impact data categories under the ‘Who’ dimension.

    How to align stakeholder’s Voice with Impact Management Project?

    Join us for a live discussion with Sara Olsen, SVT group and Unmesh Sheth, Founder/CEO Sopact

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  • Durham, NC - 3 Days
    Monday
    September 9
    2019

    Getting Gender Smart

    Do you want to explore unlocking capital or deploying capital to benefit women and girls? Are you excited about the power of women to make markets? Do you want to contribute materially to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals around women and girls? Are you ready to get beyond the talk and get to the strategies and tactics of action?

    This 3-day intensive course is designed to help you navigate the emerging world of gender smart investing so that you can develop tangible strategies and practice to more easily and quickly integrate gender smart investing as part of an overall investing practice.  Two of the top globally recognized pioneers in gender lens and impact investing will lead the training, sharing their insights and working with you on the key practices of gender lens investing.

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