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DAI-ECDPM practical webinar series: Connecting public and private responses for the COVID-19 global recovery

19 May 2021
16 December 2021

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In the summer of 2020, a few months into COVID-19 restrictions, DAI and ECDPM jointly organised a series of webinars that brought together public and private practitioners to reflect on the immediate reaction of the development community and support the global response of the European Union to COVID-19. At the time, every country in the world was implementing or preparing for restrictive measures to refrain the spread of the disease. One year later, the world is still struggling to fight the pandemic, and only starting to experience the multiple consequences of the shock.

From 19th May 2021 until 16th December 2021, our new webinar series continues to explore the impact and opportunities of COVID-19 on global development, with a focus on sustainable growth and in particular on how the pandemic led to a revisit of the European agenda and adapted practices for international partnerships and public-private collaboration.

Sessions bring together representatives from the public and private sectors, development specialists and beneficiary country representatives for 75-minute discussions facilitated by ECDPM.

Calendar and topics of our webinars:

Integrated approaches to development finance for building back better
Thursday 16th December 2021, from 4:00 to 5:15 pm CET

Watch the recording of the webinar:

Financial institutions for development play a major role in the COVID-19 recovery. But for development finance to be truly effective, it must go beyond a simple deal culture and be integrated in more comprehensive approaches, combined with other development cooperation instruments and modalities, including policy and multi-stakeholder dialogues, and anchored in local dynamics and realities.

How can development finance best be integrated into recovery efforts by local actors and donors, also reaching out to MSMEs and informal work in riskier countries? What role can the EU and its Team Europe approach play in stimulating transformative, sustainable, green, inclusive and gender-sensitive investment?


Valeria Ramundo Orlando, Partner and Co-Founder of Greensquare Ventures, Member of the coordination group of the OECD THK Blended Finance Platform
Maria Shaw-Barragan, Director of Lending in Africa, Caribbean, Pacific, Asia and Latin America at European Investment Bank (EIB)
Lukáš Veselý, Team Leader – Blending and EIB relations at European Commission – DG NEAR
Kenno Itana, Consultant on the Technical Assistance to the Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Project (WEDP), DAI


San Bilal, Head of Programme Trade, Investment and Finance, ECDPM

Mainstreaming gender-lens investing
Wednesday 27th October 2021,
from 4:00 to 5:15 pm CEST

View the recording of the fifth webinar: 

According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), an additional 47 million women and girls will be pushed into extreme poverty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Indeed, the pandemic disproportionately affects women and girls in developing countries, with higher infection rates, loss of livelihood opportunities, and overindebtedness. Mainstreaming gender smart investment is one of the responses of the development community to mobilise public and private funding and provide women with improved access to leadership opportunities, quality employment, finance, enterprise support and products and services that enhance economic participation and access. This panel will discuss innovative and practical approaches and policies to support the mainstreaming of gender smart investing.


Milagros Jiménez Sánchez, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission
Sana Kapadia,
Gender-Smart Investing Specialist
Lindeka Dzedze,
Executive Head Institutional Clients, Global Markets, Standard Bank Group
Pamella Ahairwe,
Policy Officer Trade, Investment and Finance, European Centre for Development Policy Management, ECDPM


Katja Silva Leander, Director, Development Finance and Investment, DAI

Green deal approaches to COVID-19 recovery
Thursday 14th October 2021, from 4:00 to 5:15 pm CET

View the recording of the fourth webinar:

Following the initial crisis response policies aimed at mitigating the most immediate and pressing challenges, governments and international organisations are developing policy and investment packages to shape the long-term recovery from the crisis. There are strong calls for these packages to stimulate a “green recovery” in line with the spirit of the UE Green Deal. This panel will discuss emerging approaches to support a global green recovery.


Andrea Alfieri, Team Leader Climate Change, Directorate General for International Partnerships (DG INPTA), European Commission
Donald Lunan, Director of Climate Unit, DAI
Nancy Saich, Chief Climate Change Expert, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Jean-Paul Adam, Director of the Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resources Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).


Hanne Knaepen, Policy Officer Sustainable Food Systems / Economic and Agricultural Transformation Programme, ECDPM

COVID-19 recovery in fragile and conflict-affected countries
Wednesday, June 30th, from 4:00 to 5:15 pm CEST

View the recording of the third webinar:

As per the 2020 OECD State of fragility report, the global systemic shock of COVID-19 will intensify fragility and its consequences on people, the planet and prosperity. In 2020, before the outbreak of the pandemic, fragile contexts were home to an estimated 76.56% of people living in extreme poverty. An additional 26 million people are expected to fall into extreme poverty due to the impact of COVID-19 in fragile contexts.

This session will look at solutions to tackle the issue of exacerbated fragility on informal workers, women and the youth living in fragile states and conflict-affected countries and consider how private sector activities and investment can support and expedite recovery.


Benoit Larielle, Program Manager Private Sector Development, EU Delegation to Somalia
Abdullahi Osman, Chief Executive Officer, Hormuud Foundation
Ric Goodman, Director of Resilience Technical Services, DAI
Aude de Montesquiou, Senior Advisor for Strategy and Scaling Economic Inclusion through Digital Innovations, BRAC Institute for Governance and Development


Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw, Security and resilience programme, ECDPM

How COVID-19 is boosting digital financial inclusion
Wednesday, June 9th, from 4:00 to 5:15 pm CEST

View the recording of the second webinar:

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a threat to the financial inclusion efforts achieved globally over the past decade. However, the crisis also holds the potential to boost financial digitalisation and turn out to be a game-changer for financial inclusion of the most vulnerable population, in particular youth and women. This panel will discuss the state of the financial inclusion sector and the potential innovations that can be brought by digital solutions.


Paola Cervo, Coordinator, Africa-Europe Digital4Development Hub, Enabel
William Cox, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)
Fiona Shera, Principal Consultant, Economic Growth, DAI
Bitange Ndemo, Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Nairobi


Pamella Ahairwe, Policy Officer, Trade, Investment and Finance, ECDPM

Agri finance for transformation: Partnering along sustainable value chains
Wednesday, May 19th, from 4:00 to 5:15 pm CEST

View the recording of the first webinar:

With more than 60% of Africa’s population (and over 80% in some countries) depending on small or micro-scale farming as their primary source of livelihood, enhancing the resilience and sustainability of agrifood systems should be a priority to build back better in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Yet, agriculture in Africa receives less than 3% of banking credit and accounts for less than 3% of Africa governments’ expenditure.

This session will explore how to effectively finance the diversification and upgrading of agriculture along sustainable and resilient agri-value chains in an inclusive manner, potential innovative mechanism to help financiers partnering along sustainable value chains and how they are supported.


Matthew Brooke, Policy Officer, Private Sector/ Agribusiness, Directorate General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA), European Commission
Bettina Prato, Senior Coordinator for the Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN)
Suzanne van Tilburg, Global Head F&A Networks, Rabobank
Bill Grant, Senior Principal Global Practice Specialist, Agriculture and Market Systems, DAI


San Bilal, Head of Programme Economic and Agricultural Transformation, ECDPM

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