April 2017

Council on Foundations: Leading Together - Annual Conference

Location: Dallas, TX


What is the role of philanthropy in "leaving no one behind" as political, economic, and social changes impact all of us, here in the U.S. and around the world?  How is U.S. philanthropy working with other sectors to address root causes of poverty and inequality?  In 2015, the U.S. government committed to working towards an ambitious framework of 17 goals, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to end extreme poverty, enhance gender equality, and ensure energy access, healthcare, and quality education for all.  Hear leaders who directly helped shape this framework discuss what they have learned engaging across sectors to achieve these important goals and how all foundations help achieve the SDGs, no matter their organizational size, footprint, or focus.


Participants: Shamina Singh

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May 2017

Pathways from Emergency E-transfers to Financial Services

Location: Washington, DC


Join the ELAN and experts from CGAP, Mercy Corps, Save the Children, Strategic Impact Advisors and USAID in a discussion seeking to better understand why e-transfer participants use (or don't) their mobile money accounts. Participants will share insights from research in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe, and a combined report, as well as work on consumer and provider behaviors, experience and preferences.


The Electronic Cash Transfer Learning Action Network is convened by Mercy Corps, with support from the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.

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WEF Africa

Location: Durban, South Africa


In partnership with the Government of the Republic of South Africa, the World Economic Forum on Africa will be held in Durban, South Africa, on 3-5 May 2017. The meeting will convene regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to explore solutions to create economic opportunities for all.

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Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia


To maximize the yield of these dividends, progress is needed in education, entrepreneurship, digital regulation, cross-border trade, governance and much else. In the Forum’s capacity as the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, this meeting will be an ideal platform for senior decision-makers from a range of sectors to facilitate greater collaboration between industry, government and civil society, and to work on shaping the brightest future for the region’s young.

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WEE Global Learning Forum

Location: Bangkok, Thailand


The WEE Global Learning Forum intends to narrow the divide between best practices and informed policy decisions and aims to explore topics that are emerging as critical constraints to women’s economic empowerment across the globe. The agenda of the Forum will focus on three themes:

  • The Rural Poor: Women’s Empowerment on and off the Farm
  • Employment Opportunities through Enterprise Development and Job Creation
  • Women’s Financial Inclusion: Leveraging Finance to Advance Women’s Empowerment


Participants: Alison Eskesen

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June 2017

WEF Industry Strategy Meeting

Location: San Francisco, CA


Some 300 industry strategy officers will convene at the Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, located at the Presidio of San Francisco, for a programme designed to build on the business community’s dialogue at the Annual Meeting in Davos and Forum Systems Initiatives, and focus on Creating Value in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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