The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Wednesday, May 18 • 13:50 - 14:55
How Can Mass Market Digital Finance Innovations Be Used for Targeted Development Purposes? LIMITED

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A number of digital finance platforms are gaining traction in the Eastern Africa market that could serve many consumer segments. The motivations of the entrepreneurs behind these innovations are mixed, but include the desire to make a difference in the livelihoods and social networks of lower income people. The purpose of this discussion will be to show two technology innovators in digital savings/fundraising and asset financing and then discuss possible use cases for this technology. Presenters will include two companies that are gaining traction in Kenya. M-Changa, is a new "purpose neutral" fund-raising platform that low-to-moderate income Kenyans are using to raise funding for all kinds of purposes, e.g. weddings and funerals, using mobile money to pay and collect funds, but can it be harnessed for leveraging social networks for medical emergencies, for example, faced by small holder farmers? A second data analytics company called Lendable supports companies that are selling and financing productive assets, such as solar power units. In addition to offering alternative wholesale financing, it also features software that enables both Lendable and its borrower/servicer to see the quality of the loan portfolio real-time.

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James Hokans

Director of Strategic Learning, Mercy Corps, AgriFin Accelerate Program
James Hokans is the Director of Strategic Learning in Mercy Corps' AgriFin Accelerate Program (www.mercycorpsafa.com). Mr. Hokans is a senior global thought leader in transformational digital finance and interoperability. Before joining Mercy Corps, Mr. Hokans was a practice director... Read More →


Daniel Goldfarb

CEO, Lendable
Prior to founding Lendable, Daniel was partner at Greenstart, a seed stage venture capital firm in San Francisco, where his investment focus was on the intersection of data, finance, and energy. Before Greenstart he was the program director at Americans for Energy Leadership, where... Read More →

Kyai Mullei

CEO, M-Changa
Kyai Mullei is an IT and Social Entrepreneur with over 7 years’ experience leading information system design. Through his consultancy firm InfoSystem Solutions Limited – he primarily focused on the design and implementation of hybrid software solutions for small to medium sized... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 13:50 - 14:55 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre C