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

19 May 2021
27 October 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 27th October 2021, our new webinar series will continue 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.

Register for the next two webinars

Sessions will 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:

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.

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

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

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

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

Registration for the following webinars will be available in due course

Integrated approaches to development finance for building back better
Wednesday, September 15th, from 4:00 to 5:15 pm CEST
According to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the financing gap for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) is around USD 5 trillion in emerging markets. How can Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) activities best be integrated into recovery efforts by local actors and donors? How can they best reach out to MSMEs and informal work in risk countries? What role can the EU play in stimulating sustainable, green, inclusive and gender-sensitive investment?

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

Green deal approaches to COVID-19 recovery
Wednesday, October 6th, from 4:00 to 5:15 pm CEST
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.

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

Women’s Economic Empowerment
Wednesday, October 27th, from 4:00 to 5:15 pm CEST
More information for this webinar will be available soon

Trade, investment and financeCOVID-19Private sector