Shifting the Locus of Learning: Catalyzing Private Sector Learning to Drive Systemic Change Webinar (Part 2 of 2)
This is Session 2 of this webinar series. Session 1 featured USAID perspectives and this session featured two-way perspectives from implementers and the private sector. The webinar recordings for Session 1 and Session 2 are now available.
Additional information on Session 2 is below, along with the slides and transcript:
Featuring perspectives from implementers and firms such as a CEO of an agribusiness in Uganda, a leader in Honduras’ BDS and finance ecosystem, and implementers at Gatsby, ACDI/VOCA, and MarketShare Associates —this webinar unpacked several practical examples where firms, ecosystem actors, and programs are strengthening firm and system-level learning capacities.
This was the last of a two-part series taking a practitioner-level focus and diving into several of the 10 intervention strategies featured in the paper Shifting the Locus of Learning: Catalyzing Private Sector Learning to Drive Systemic Change. We heard from influencers at USAID in the first webinar about why USAID sees this as central to its Local Capacity Strengthening Policy, PSE Modernize, and economic growth programming goals. In this session, we heard from firms and implementers directly.
The talk show style format featured a two-way discussion between IPs and firms. We’ll learn from George. W. Bakka of Ugandan agribusiness Patasente, Arjun Bhoopal from Gatsby Africa, Ricardo Irias from Sube Latinoamérica and Asociación Fintech Honduras (FinTech Association of Honduras), Catalina Mejía of ACDI/VOCA Honduras, and Ben Fowler of MarketShare Associates.
George W. Bakka
General Manager, Patasente
George W. Bakka is an Afro-centric entrepreneur passionate about building companies that improve lives. To date, he has co-founded 7 companies and registered 2 exits. He is currently the GM at Patasente, a digital trade services platform for farmers, warehouses, and factories. He is an Acumen, Anzisha, and Mandela Washington Fellow. In his free time, he blogs here.
Head of Partnerships
Arjun Bhoopal is Head of Partnerships and part of the livestock team at Gatsby Africa, which is a private foundation supporting sector transformation in East Africa. In past roles, he has also supported work in agricultural inputs and water services. A core focus for Gatsby is exploring approaches that can have broader systemic impact, for example, embedding learning from testing new business models within sector associations and other peer-to-peer mechanisms.
Co-Founder and CEO, Sube Latinoamérica; President, Fintech Association in Honduras
Sube Latinoamérica and Fintech Association in Honduras
Ricardo is the co-founder and CEO of Sube Latinoamérica (Sube) and the President of the Fintech Association in Honduras. Sube is an e-commerce platform tailored specifically for small merchants in LATAM. Sube empowers Latino entrepreneurs with an innovative formation program, mentors that guide small entrepreneurs through the intricacies of e-commerce, and a comprehensive suite of tools that include a payments gateway, WhatsApp purchase orders, website builder, and all the essential technologies that MSMEs in Latin America need to fuel growth through eCommerce.
Entrepreneurship and Youth Component Coordinator, ACDI/VOCA Honduras
Cata is an active entrepreneur passionate about building entrepreneurial ecosystems and fostering social ventures through education. For the past 20 years, Cata has actively worked to promote better education opportunities for youth in Honduras, especially in rural and underserved communities. For the past four years, she has led the Entrepreneurship component for the USAID-funded Transforming Market Systems (TMS) activity implemented by ACDI/VOCA in Honduras, helping local business service providers and MSMEs improve the quality of their products and services and promoting entrepreneurship as a viable means of success for women and youth. Cata is a pioneer in Honduras of grassroots initiatives such as Startup Weekend and Global Entrepreneurship Week, and a cofounder at Impact Hub Tegucigalpa.
Co-Founder and CEO, MarketShare Associates
Ben specializes in identifying, implementing, and measuring business solutions for positive social impact. Ben is the Co-Founder and CEO at MarketShare Associates (MSA), a global consulting firm that generates actionable insights for economic development. Ben has 20 years of experience in social impact across more than 30 countries, working with private sector consultancies and technology companies, multilateral institutions, universities, impact investors, and bilateral governments. Ben is the author of numerous papers on transformative learning for social impact, including Shifting the Locus of Learning: Catalyzing Private Sector Learning to Drive Systemic Change. He is based in Denver. MarketShare Associates is a consortium member of Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships (MSP) Activity, led by DAI.