It was an absolute pleasure to participate at the Green Sunday Holiday Market, presented by Collective Impact Journey and Wisebird. “Green Sunday” aims to challenge and offer an alternative to Black Friday and mass corporate consumerism by holding space for equitable, transparent and mindful consumption. A space where each item has a story and isn't contributing to the current climate crisis in the name of profit. Read about it at CBC.ca
On October 24 (UN Day and World Development Information Day), Oikocredit Canada hosted a panel conversation with Sustainalytics and Rally Assets to discuss the ins and outs of measuring impact aligned with the SDGs, the pitfalls of "impact washing" and to share and learn from Oikocredit's latest Impact Report. Speakers included Yolirruth Nuñez: Social Performance and Capacity Building Officer, Oikocredit, Peru; Trevor David: Manager - Client Relations, Sustainalytics; Kate Murray: Director, Impact Management, Rally Assets; and Abhishek Bhasin: Board Chair, Oikocredit Canada.
The CAFIID KXS provided information, learning and networking to members and invited guests in cities Montreal (May 8), Ottawa (Sept 10), Toronto (May27) and Vancouver (September 26). Innovative financing for development refers to initiatives that aim to raise new funds for development or to optimize the use of current funds. Blended finance is a leading form of innovative finance which seeks to improve the risk-return profiles of investment opportunities in developing countries to mobilize private sector investment in a project, company, portfolio, or country that they would otherwise not invest in. Key contributors to the series included Convergence, FinDev Canada, Deetken Impact, MaRS, and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes).