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
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
Evaluation and Support for Improving Inclusive Green Finance for MFIs - The Green Index.
20 January, 3 pm CET / 2 pm GMT / 9 am ET
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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!
the official press release of the DBU here.
Every year, the startup platform
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!
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
in the framework of the first Kontakt-Abend of the BPW 2020. Together with
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.
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!
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!
(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,
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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