The Promise and Peril of Social Finance: The Role of Evaluation in Assessing the Impact of Big Finance and Big Technology on the World’s Poor

Session Number: 1926
Track: Social Impact Measurement
Session Type: Expert Lecture
Tags: Social Impact Measurement
Session Facilitator: John E Sherman [Senior Managing Director - pfc social impact advisors]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Gayle Peterson [Senior Managing Director - pfc social impact advisors]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Robert M. Yawson, PhD, Professor [Associate Professor of Management - School of Business, Quinnipiac University]
Time: Nov 14, 2019 (03:45 PM - 04:45 PM)
Room: CC 200 G

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Based on case studies involving UBS Optimus Foundation, Concern Worldwide, and Accountabilty Counsel and SDG implementation, this interactive, participatory lecture provides examples of good and harm supported by new private sector investors and the role evaluation can play to provide frameworks for learning for a new breed of business leaders who control $241 trillion in the market and the future of the world’s poor. Using a live case—based on one of the first impact investments in Africa—the audience will break into small groups to demonstrate ways evaluation can be used to avoid harm and promote positive systemic change. Tools to be used include community feedback, systemic human security framework, and participatory evaluation tools for community resilience.