2017 in Review

Agenda for ROI AG Workshop

November 29 (Wednesday): EMW Action Group Day

Rural Outreach and Innovation Action Group (ROI AG)

14:00–16:30: Trends in Rural Development (Room Chapel)

This session will showcase ROI members’ work in the field of rural development. Each trend summary will last around 5 minutes, followed by a round table discussion with audience input at the end of each segment.

Speaker Organization Trend Case study country/region
Moderator: Michael Kortenbusch

Part 1: 14:00–15:00

Marina Kortenbusch BFC / ROI AG Head Healthy businesses and gamification Switzerland / Global Online Communities
Johanna Ryan VisionFund Economic empowerment for women Africa
Amsalu Alemayehu Wasasa MFI Financial relations with cooperatives Ethiopia
Birgit Galemann IFD Excel-based microfinance tools Uganda
Roundtable discussions
30-minute break

Part 2: 15:30–16:30


Michael de Groot


Rabobank Foundation

Geodata and ICT solutions for inclusive finance and food  


Mariel Mensink ICCO Mastercard rural finance programme Rwanda, Ethiopia, Sen-­‐ egal,  and  Burkina Faso
Etienne Mottet BFC Business models for farming apps Georgia and Kyrgyzstan
Marina Kortenbusch ROI AG Q/A: Call for new ROI AG Head N/A
Roundtable discussions


Zainab Saeed | Designing Women Centric Rural Product

Designing women centric rural products
Zainab Saeed
Date: November 9, 2017 (10:30 CET)
Presented by: Zainab Saeed , (Head of Research and Development, Kashf Foundation)

Play Recorded Webinar

OCT-26, Justin McAuley | Loan Automation: Using technology to provide tailored microfinance

Loan Automation: Using technology to provide tailored microfinance
Justin McAuley
Date: October 26, 2017 (10:30 CET)
Presented by: Justin McAuley , (Global Digital Financial Systems Architect, VisionFund)

Play Recorded Webinar

OCT-19, Marina Kortenbusch | Building Green Communities

Building Green Communities
Marina Kortenbusch
Date: October 19, 2017 (10:30 CET)
Presented by: Marina Kortenbusch, PhD , (Founding Partner, BFC)

Play Recorded Webinar

OCT-3, Ndumiso Mpofu | Recovery Lending in Africa

Recovery Lending in Africa
Ndumiso Mpofu
Date: October 3, 2017 (10:30 CET)
Presented by: Ndumiso Mpofu , (Programme Director, VisionFund)

Play Recorded Webinar

SEP-19, Birgit Galemann | Effective cooperation through tailor-made electronic tools & telecommunication

Effective cooperation through tailor-made electronic tools & telecommunication
Birgit Galemann
Date: September 19, 2017 (10:30 CET)
Presented by: Dr. Birgit Galemann , (Independent Consultant for Financial Systems and Institutions Development)

Play Recorded Webinar

SEP-12, Johanna Ryan | The Women Empowerment Fund

The Women Empowerment Fund
Johanna Ryan
Date: September 12, 2017 (10:30 CET)
Presented by: Johanna Ryan , (Director of Social Performance, VisionFund)

Play Recorded Webinar

SEP-1, Etienne Mottet | Channels for Digital Services in Rural Areas

Channels for Digital Services in Rural Areas
Etienne Mottet
Date: September 1, 2017 (14:00 CET)
Presented by: Etienne Mottet , (Head of Innovation, BFC)

Play Recorded Webinar

AUG-10, Leigh Marwick | Social Gardening

Social Gardening
Leigh Marwick
Date: August 10, 2017 (15:00 CET)
Presented by: Leigh Marwick , (Educator, New York City Department of Education)

Play Recorded Webinar

Free Webinar: What’s next for InsurTech? January 25, 2pm GMT

A great opportunity to bring yourself up to speed with the latest technological developments which are driving innovation in the insurance industry and beyond.

See below for information provided by the organiser:

  • What trends can we expect to unfold across the year?
  • How is the insurance industry’s approach to InsurTech likely to change in 2017?
  • How can insurers, investors and start-ups work together to drive the sector’s growth?


Moshe Tamir
Global Head of Digital Transformation

Jannat Shah
AXA Strategic Ventures

Jean-Charles Velge

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