Notes from a changing world...
April 2021
The ongoing climate crisis already had dramatic effects on our environment. By the time the world was declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic, climate change was at the forefront of news headlines around the world. However, the world’s urgency in tackling the climate crisis shifted as the impact of the pandemic wore on. It is arguably said that the causes of both crises share commonalities, and their effects are converging. 

In this regard, we have to build resilience in our communities and the impacts of climate change are just the most important actions we must try to work on. Locally-led action is at the heart of how we must invest, how we must begin to design for the future, and design our businesses for the future. The Climate Crisis will thrust more than 100 million people into poverty. That scale of change is massive and the focus must be on how we mitigate the negative impacts of climate change as effectively and efficiently as we can. As we invest in agriculture, let's invest in the people who contribute highly to the production of food, and that is Women. 80% of food consumed in non-industrialized countries is produced by small-scale farmers and 70% of them are women.
Happening in the Ecosystem
Opportunities for Entrepreneurs
Village Capital, in partnership with Visa Foundation, launched an investment readiness program for Latin American startups that are tackling the region’s most pressing challenges in the agritech and foodtech sectors. Apply Now
The Loeries is open for business and accepting entries for the 43rd edition of its globally respected awards, which challenges the industry to #fightthegoodfight and create work that moves society forward in a positive direction. Apply Now
USAID'S Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. The open innovation program invests in breakthrough solutions to the world's most intractable development challenges. Apply Now
Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
The 2021 UN Food Systems Summit - Action Track 1 Public Forum is happening today! The ambition of the Summit is to launch a collective journey of transforming food systems while Action Track 1 (AT1) on the other hand, strives to identify game-changing ideas to transform food systems. This third Public Forum will focus on the role UN Member States can play in relation to the game-changing ideas AT1 is developing. Get Involved
Thursday, May 6th, 2021
Intellecap’s Circular Apparel Innovation Factory will be screening and discussing an animated film “Going to Waste: The Global Flows of Textile Waste,” during the Catalyst 2030's Catalysing Change Week. The Film depicts the journey of a T-Shirt to map the textile waste ecosystem in India, just one of the countries in the Global South facing a double burden of textile waste. Register Now
Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is hosting a Learning Event for the Marketplace for Nutritious foods project to share experiences with partners and other stakeholders. GAIN invested in the Marketplace for Nutritious Foods project as a model to support SMEs in the Agri-Food sector. The learning from this project creates an opportunity to GAIN and its partners to scale up and support more SMEs. Learn More
Thursday, May 13th, 2021
The Shared Value Africa Initiative (SVAI) is hosting the second installment of the SVAI's African Entrepreneurship Forum, which connects entrepreneurs for sustainable growth and impact. It is a great chance to listen to entrepreneurs, when they share their challenges and success stories and what led to growth and innovation during their tiresome but fulfilling journeys. Register Now
Wednesday, May 26th, 2021
Do you support small and growing businesses (SGBs) in Bangladesh? Are you interested in supporting SGBs in Bangladesh? ANDE India, in partnership with BetterStories Ltd, will be convening a session introducing the Bangladeshi entrepreneurial ecosystem to the work that ANDE India does, along with highlighting the global network and services offered. Register Now
The IKEA Foundation committed an additional €1 billion to climate programmes over the next five years, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. Read More
The International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) new climate adaptation fund is targeting smallholder farmers. The Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Program, known as ASAP+, aims to mobilize $500 million to reach more than 10 million people with climate adaptation activities. Read More
The COVID-19 Resilience Tool, is a simple tool that will enable you to get a better sense of your business resilience and practical tips on what you can do to weather this crisis. Get Started
COVID-19 Action agenda Leaders on the Front Line: Why Social Entrepreneurs are needed now more than ever. Read More
Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is looking for an experienced strategic Country Programs Operations Lead to support the Country Programs team with the development, planning and improvement of operations within the GAIN country offices. Apply Now
Application Deadline: Friday, May 7th, 2021
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is looking for a Senior Associate to support GAIN’s activities in knowledge mobilization, focusing on consolidating, translating and disseminating EatSafe learnings to a diverse audience. Apply Now
Application Deadline: Monday, May 10th, 2021
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is looking for a self-motivated Senior Monitoring Associate to support the monitoring, programme management, knowledge management and learning activities under the global Commercialization of Bio-fortified Crops and countries programmes. Apply Now
The Centre of Social Impact and Philanthropy is looking to fill various positions in the organization with the vision to enable CSIP to become a thought shaper and leading voice in the space of philanthropy and social impact. Apply Now
Intellecap Advisory seeks to hire professionals who waded through the development consulting world and have prior exposure to domains in which Intellecap works: Base of the Pyramid/Social Entrepreneurship/Inclusive Business in Asia/Africa. In case you have any questions, please reach out to us on: [email protected]
Manager, Climate Change and Energy with experience working on Climate change adaptation, Mitigation, Climate Tech solutions, and Carbon market for building ecosystems and supporting entrepreneurs for energy access and climate action; renewable energy stakeholders to increase their capacity, efficiency, and potential to scale in the developing economy markets and meaningfully contribute towards solving challenges for low-income communities in developing countries. Apply now
Manager, Agriculture with experience in Climate Smart Agriculture, Ag-Tech, Ag-tech Incubation for our agriculture practice. We seek professionals to work with us across the agriculture and allied value chains to improve farm productivity, price realization, and the flow of capital into the sector and to focus on business issues across multiple focus sectors such as value chain evaluation, Agri market linkages, Agri financing, Policy Advocacy, and Research, and Capital Facilitation. Apply now
Manager, Health to help us reduce health vulnerabilities for under-resourced communities at a systemic and service delivery level to facilitate the efficient uptake of health services and making health systems accessible and affordable for all. Apply now
Senior Associate, Business Consulting and Research to support in research, project delivery, client relationship management, institutional building, and be part of the team that contributes towards developing the domestic and global strategy for the consulting practice at Intellecap. Apply Now
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