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Resilience was a word that cropped up again and again at the 2021 Oikocredit (OI) AGM and Members’ Meeting. While the OI Capacity Building team credited partners for their resilience in adapting to this year’s pandemic by increasing risk management training, the finance team credited clients with increasing digitization and improving communication. Another facet of resilience also got air time when the US and Canada Support Associations hosted a discussion on diversity equity and inclusion (DEI).
Sara Shoff, Chief Operating Officer of Oikocredit US (OUS), spoke to us about the DEI discussion and how DEI will be central to building resilience for Oikocredit in North America.
The COVID-19 crisis is testing the resiliency of our existing basic systems, from healthcare, social protection, education, value chains, to financial markets. Impact investment in communities is needed now more than ever to address the quickly changing and unevenly distributed health and economic consequences of the global pandemic. This makes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) more relevant today; it is time for the actors in the social impact sector to collaborate closely for a sustainable and resilient tomorrow.
New Board members bring expertise in international development, impact investment, partnerships, governance, risk management, marketing and international business diplomacy
On a virtual study tour of Caravela Coffee, the company which sources coffee from Latin American small-holder farmers and in which OI has a $4.7m equity stake, participants were reminded that the coffee we drink can help improve the lives of people and our planet.
Oikocredit winter meeting on March 12-13, 2021. Read the key take-aways.