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The e-MFP Green Inclusive & Climate Smart Finance Action Group (GICSF AG), which is co-headed by Natalia, invites everyone interested in green inclusive finance to the third and fourth editions of its webinar series:

3rd edition: 14 January, 4:15 pm CET / 10:15 am ET - Jana Vandoren: tba
4th edition: 21 January, 4:15 pm CET / 10:15 am ET - Maximilien Pary: tba

More information and registration links will be provided when available.


Green Index webinars by CGAP are being hosted in different languages in January:

Finanzas verdes inclusivas para las IMF: Evaluación y apoyo para la mejora – The Green Index. (In Spanish)
14 January, 5 pm CET / 11 am ET
Register here.

Finance inclusive verte pour les IMF : évaluation et accompagnement à l'amélioration - The Green Index. (In French)
21 January, 3 pm CET / 9 am ET
Register here.

Evaluation and Support for Improving Inclusive Green Finance for MFIs - The Green Index.
20 January, 3 pm CET / 2 pm GMT / 9 am ET
Register here.


Natalia, as co-head of the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) Green Inclusive & Climate Smart Finance Action Group, helped coordinate the 2nd GICSF AG webinar, on 'Microfinance and Climate Change'.
In this edition, Philippe Guichandut, from the Foundation Grameen Credit Agricole, shared the results of a study it conducted among its partners on climate change, segregating them based on Green Index scores.


See the webinar announcement here.


Natalia, as co-head of the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) Green Inclusive & Climate Smart Finance Action Group, helped coordinate the 1st GICSF AG webinar, on the study entitled 'Financing Off-Grid Solar Energy Access: Hypotheses on COVID-19 Long Term Impacts'.
In this edition, Catalina Martínez Gutiérrez, from the Geneva Finance Research Institute at the University of Geneva, presented insights from in-depth interviews conducted with key stakeholders in the off-grid solar sector. The interviews were based on a set of hypotheses on the long-term changes that COVID-19 will bring to this important sector.


See the webinar announcement here.



The European Microfinance Week (EMW) is one of the top events in the financial inclusion calendar and a unique meeting point for microfinance and financial inclusion professionals working worldwide.
Natalia, as co-head of the European Microfinance Platform Green Inclusive & Climate Smart Finance Action Group, moderated two sessions: ‘Investing in Green Inclusive Finance’ and the ‘Green Index Training’.


On November 5th, HEDERA and UNCDF invited all interested persons to join a webinar entitled 'Energy Access Assessment Methodologies - The Multi-Tier Framework (MTF): Measuring what matters".

This webinar series is being jointly organized by HEDERA and UNCDF as a contribution to the Renewable Energy Challenge Fund, through HEDERA's project with UNCDF.

Watch the webinar recording here.



Named after the Founding Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Professor Dr. Klaus Töpfer, the fellowship honors and supports individuals who are committed to sustainable development.
For Natalia and HEDERA, the IASS is an ideal place to bridge research and praxis, and it is an honor to commit to Klaus Töpfer's values, linking science, politics, and society to make the world a better place.


Read the IASS press statement here.


Within the framework of the virtual training program on Sustainable Microgrids organized by the Comité Nacional Colombiano de la Comisión de Integración Eléctrica Regional (COCIER), we discussed methodologies for measuring demand for microgrids, with a particular focus on using the Multi-Tier Framework for energy access measurement.

See the course webpage here (in Spanish).



We are excited to announce our partnership with United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) on the digitization of impact assessment in Uganda.
We are going to provide digital tools and support to 10 energy companies funded by UNCDF's Renewable Energy Challenge Fund to help them digitize their processes and track their progress in energy provision, using the Multi-Tier Framework (MTF) and the Progress out of Energy Poverty Index (PEPI) methodologies for energy access assessment.
Join us in our upcoming webinar series, within the framework of this project. Stay tuned!



On Friday, August 28th, Natalia participated in a webinar called "The 5th Orientation Day, ZNI (Non-Interconnected Zones) Colombia," led by the Superintendencia de Servicios of Colombia in Bogotá. The webinar focused on how to align strategies in order to achieve 100% electrification in Colombia.
The discussion was quite fruitful, and HEDERA plans to partner with the Superintendencia de Servicios on research projects in the near future.


Watch the session recording here.



Alberto recently gave a pitch for HEDERA at the Rooftop Pitch Potsdam 2020, held on August 11th and organized by Potsdam Science Park.
HEDERA was the only startup present focused on impact measurement/sustainable development and will participate in the next round of meetings with investors.




The first day of the forum, in the panel discussion entitled How to measure and manage the sustainability impact of new ventures?, moderated by Klaus Fichter, the panelists explored the relevance and implications of impact assessment for new ventures, as well as in the development sector. In a debate style format, together with Frank Ackermann, SDG Investments' Managing Partner, and Karl H. Richter, Executive Director and Co-Founder of EngagedX, Natalia gave her insights on the approach towards impact assessment from two perspectives, that of a social entrepreneur and that of the director of a company conducting impact assessment for the microfinance sector.



The second day, in the session entitled Digital approaches and tools for the assessment of sustainability impacts of new ventures, Natalia presented HEDERA's approach and vision regarding impact assessment, as well as the tools we have developed for MFIs. Through the lens of why and how, Natalia revealed HEDERA's background, main purpose, and revolutionary goal of changing perspectives on the business-as-usual approach to impact assessment.


nachhaltig.digital is a platform for sustainability and digitization in small and medium-sized businesses. Initiated by DBU and B.A.U.M., it promotes examples of best practices.
We are proud to be one such example!
Read Natalia’s interview here and check out the map here.


As the novel coronavirus continues to rapidly spread across the world and throughout the most vulnerable communities, we need to be able to quickly and easily identify at-risk people who may be infected, as well as determine and meet the needs of people at the bottom of the pyramid.
For this purpose, we have developed a simple COVID-19 diagnostic questionnaire and incorporated it into our HEDERA collect mobile app. We have also enabled several different surveys that users can select on the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown on people and their needs during this time. Learn more about the COVID-19 toolkit here.
Organizations can use the app, including the COVID-19 questionnaires and our standard surveys on access to basic services, poverty measurement, and agriculture monitoring for SDG assessment, along with the associated dashboards, for free until September 30, 2020.
If interested, please fill out the contact form or send an email to contact@hedera.online.


Dear community,
We are conscious of the challenges ahead, considering the surreal situation we are facing with the spread of COVID-19 worldwide. For those NGOs working on sustainable development and committed to supporting their communities, which have had to cancel in-person meetings, trainings, workshops, or conferences, we are offering our training platform (available in multiple languages) for free as a contribution during this crisis.
The platform, built on the open source framework Moodle, enables trainers to create and manage their own content, follow up on participation, and interact directly with the trainees. You can upload all kinds of multimedia, create surveys, forums, exercises, etc., and conduct webinars and virtual classes.
The offer for free access to the fully administered platform is valid for eligible organizations until September 30, 2020. Feel free to contact us so we can schedule a call to discuss and give you and your colleagues/trainees/students access to the platform.
Stay healthy and safe, and keep up the hard work. Your commitment to improving this world is so crucial, now more than ever.

Your HEDERA team


Today, a first-of-its kind webinar on environmental impact measurement will take place at 14:15 CET. It will be decisive in determining the future of frameworks for investors and their investees in the microfinance sector to manage and measure environmental impact. Together with Anna Kanze - Grassroots Capital Management - and Jurgen Hammer - Social Performance Task Force - HEDERA will be moderating an interactive webinar for the SPTF investors working group, streaming from Lisboa, to explore the challenges in tracking institutions' environmental commitment and discuss the future of these frameworks for the sector.


Proud to announce that HEDERA will receive financial support from the German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt) through the Green Start-up Program. The program is dedicated to companies - in the early stage - that develop innovative solutions combining sustainability with digitization.
We are extremely honored to be part of this program and network and excited to contribute to the sustainable entrepreneurship sector in Germany and abroad!

Read the official press release of the DBU here.


Every year, the startup platform für Gründer releases a ranking of German startups, based on the results of more than 150 startup competitions across the whole country. The study offers an overview of challenges, needs, practices, and achievements of the selected startups.
We are extremely honored to be among the best 50 startups in Germany!
Download the full publication here.

HEDERA was nominated by the Center for Entrepreneurship for the Berliner Volksbank StarTUp Award 2020, which premiates the best teams hosted at the TU Berlin's startup incubator in the previous year.
The competition was hosted by the BPW Berlin-Brandenburg in the framework of the first Kontakt-Abend of the BPW 2020. Together with Sopher and Kamioni, we had an exciting time on the stage.
Many thanks to the Berliner Volksbank for sponsoring the prize, the Center for Entrepreneurship for the nomination, and the BPW for hosting this great event.

And congratulations to Kamioni!



Natalia was invited to share her experience and personal insights on her professional and academic career at the Career Day for International Junior Researchers at the TU Berlin on November 26th.
We are very grateful to Juliane Wilhelm for the invitation. It was an exciting event, and we strongly encourage international researchers to work hard and believe in their dreams.
You can read the full TU press release here (page 11).



Photo: Felix Noack (TU Berlin PR)





The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is an annual multistakeholder forum for inclusive policy dialogue on shared principles, procedures, and programs that shape the evolution and use of the Internet. HEDERA is committed to the development of #responsibleAI, especially concerning the collection of personal data in non-European countries. In his presentation, Alberto highlights the potential of innovative startups to tackle issues related to Internet governance and proposes enhancing the role of young entrepreneurs in the Forum. You can watch the streaming video from the 4th day here.

We are looking forward to the 2020 Forum!




After an opening speech by Tim Donnel, our CEO Natalia moderated the opening plenary session at the last European Microfinance Week, interviewing the EMFP Award 2019 finalists. You can watch the full video here.

Many thanks to the EMFP for the kind invitation!




Digitization is a global phenomenon. Billions of people expect respect with regard to their personal data. We believe in the need for worldwide data protection standards for #responsibleAI to support organizations working with personal data collected outside of Europe. At the 2019 DIN-Connect Pitch Event, we pitched our idea of developing new standards for the data collection and AI processes and to extend European protection and regulation standards to personal data collected outside the EU.

Thank to the Jury for this unique opportunity and congratulations to the winner cirplus!


The SAM Innovator village, in the framework of the African Microfinance Week, gathered together organizations with innovative solutions to empower microfinance institutions.
The focus of the 2019 Innovator Village was the linkage between financial inclusion and the contribution towards the SDGs.
Together with more than twenty exhibitors, we presented our HEDERA Impact Toolkit and our HEDERA Training e-learning platform.
Many thanks to the organizers and all our visitors!


The Research Meets Africa conference, organized in the framework of the African Microfinance Week (SAM), aims to promote research and innovation in the field of inclusive finance in Africa by connecting researchers from African and international universities with practitioners in the sector.
The main focus of the conference was the contribution of inclusive finance to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Natalia presented our paper, A decentralized approach for assessing energy access at the household level to monitor and maximize the impact of inclusive finance towards SDG7, related to the results obtained with the HEDERA Impact Toolkit in our case studies.
We are thankful to ADA for organizing this meeting!


The competition (Gründerwettbewerb Digitale Innovationen) is open to all German start-ups in the area of Information & Technology.
The prize is sponsored by the German Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy
and awarded, twice a year, by a jury of experts in business, economics, science, and engineering.
We are happy to announce that today, at the EMO in Hannover, HEDERA was awarded one of the prizes of the first competition phase in 2019.
We are thankful to all the people who supported us throughout this journey!

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HEDERA is proud to have participated as an exhibitor at the 12th Convergences World Forum “Inequalities – Transitions - Solutions”!

The 12th edition of the Convergences World Forum took place on September 5th & 6th at the Palais Brongniart in Paris. More than 5,000 attendees and speakers from industry, civil society, government, academia, and media gathered to share ideas and build solutions around the theme “Inequalities – Transitions - Solutions”.

We were an exhibitor, along with Babyloan, ADA, Financesol, Finance for Tomorrow, and ENDA, at the Finance4Good village.
Thanks to the organizers and to all our visitors!


ACTED and Convergences invited HEDERA to pitch at the 3Zero House to convince partipants that access to finance can enable sustainable development.
Sharing the stage with LABEZZ, ADA, Finance for Tomorrow, and FinanceSol, we were inspired by the commitment of these organizations.
Many thanks to the organizers!


HEDERA was nominated among the top three teams for the special sustainability award at the Business Plan Wettbewerb (BPW) Berlin Brandenburg.

Check out our video presentation!


Natalia presented HEDERA at the SDG Conference for Africa in Kigali (Rwanda)
Special thanks to the SDG Center for Africa for the invitation!



HEDERA in the Tagesspiegel! Natalia has been interviewed for the
opening of the EINS coworking space at the TU Berlin
A big thanks to the Centre for Entrepreneurship - we are happy to be part of this community!



Natalia at the European Microfinance Week in Luxembourg: Workshop on the latest energy access metrics with the Green Inclusive and Climate Smart FinanceAction Group



Our first time on stage! HEDERA organized the session entitled Financial sustainability of renewable energies in Colombia: Myth or Reality at the first Convergences Forum Colombia (Bogotá, 6-8 November 2018).