The webinar series highlights and explores outcomes and assessment of La Red de Innovación e Impacto, a network of scalable solutions in Latin America that magnify the benefits of local small business growth across sectors, support local communities, and stimulate impact investment.
The La Red network catalyzes sustainable economic growth across the region by supporting, servicing, and working with the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that account for 75% of all jobs in Latin America. 30 organizations, identified through the US Department of State's Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas Innovation Challenge, are developing promising and innovative solutions ranging from agriculture to trade in countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The success of these companies and the prosperity of communities are inextricably linked. The Network empowers these organizations to scale solutions in the region through training, engagement with partners, and leveraging funders to create a collaborative, sustainable business model. The Network has just announced a new Challenge – the Power to Grow – to seek and support micro-enterprises by creating partnerships between mission-aligned organizations and current La Red members.
First, the World Environment Center's Gwen Davidow will discuss the program and its evolution to its current inclusive form and what is coming on the horizon. Second, Baastel's Élodie Roy will drill down into specific achievements and the power of monitoring and evaluation in enabling success. Finally, EarthShift Global's own Caroline Taylor will take us through the sustainability return on investment (S-ROI) to assess the broader societal impact from supporting La Red partner Vista Volcanes.
Presenter: Gwen Davidow, Acting President & CEO, World Environment Center
People and economies thrive when small, local businesses are empowered to reach their full potential. These businesses in particular can comprise up to 85% of jobs in Latin American ...
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