This is the second in a three-part webinar series on Evaluation and Impact Investing, presented in partnership with the American Evaluation Association’s Social Impact Measurement working group, the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, the Council of Michigan Foundations, and the Mission Investors Exchange.
This installment of the “Evaluation and Impact Investing” webinar series focuses on the role evaluators can play in monitoring and evaluating active investments, particularly from a gender lens.
Using its active gender-lens investments as examples, including an ongoing collaboration with MasterCard Foundation, representatives from Engineers Without Borders Canada and EWB Ventures will discuss how they utilize evaluation to support investees and the investment team after an investment has been made. Participants will learn how to effectively use evaluation from a gender-equity lens to monitor and assess the social returns of active investments, and communicate those findings to the investment team and the investee.
Likewise, investors will learn ways to better apply evaluative thinking and evaluation from a gender-equity lens in their active investments.
- Selina Delimini, Social Impact Measurement Evaluator, Engineers Without Borders Canada
- Laura Allan, Gender Expert, Engineers Without Borders Canada
- Sandra Abrokwa, Country Director for Ghana, Viamo
Moderator: Courtney Bolinson, Impact Evaluation and Learning Manager, Engineers Without Borders Canada
Selina Delimini is Program Evaluation Coordinator for Engineers Without Borders Canada. She previously worked as the Social Impact Measurement Officer at EWB Ventures, an ‘impact first’ seed stage investor focused on sub-Saharan Africa, where she developed an impact measurement and management strategy for the investment team. Holds over 10 years of experience in the social services sector and a Master of Social Work from York University in Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina. Passionate about development in emerging economies and innovative approaches to development issues.
Laura Allan is the Gender Inclusion Officer for Engineers Without Borders Canada (Accra). Allen has over 3 years’ experience working in Ghana with a gendered lens in both social enterprises and the NGO sector. She holds both a Post-Graduate Diploma and Bachelors of Arts in International Development Studies. Passionate about social innovation, gender equality and poverty alleviation.
Sandra Abrokwa Owusu-Kyerematen has 13 years of management experience in marketing, sales, strategy and consulting for multinationals and tech startups in Ghana and the US. She’s recently transitioned into a development enthusiast, keen to drive social change through sustainable commercial interventions, strategic partnerships and cutting-edge technology. Sandra is currently the country director in Ghana for Viamo Technologies, a social enterprise specialising in behavior change communications and evidence-gathering for NGOs, the private sector and local governments. She has led many projects using digital technology to impact development areas including gender and women and girls’ participation, agriculture, democracy and governance and health in Ghana. Prior to Viamo, Sandra managed Tonaton.com, Ghana’s largest online marketplace, helping facilitate safer online connections between buyers and sellers. Sandra has a BA in Economics from Agnes Scott College, a leading women’s college in the US state of Georgia. She began her career as an analyst in the payments practice of McKinsey and Company where she also managed a forum of retail bankers before relocating home to drive strategy and channel management for Vodafone Ghana. Sandra is passionate about breaking new boundaries for women within existing social and corporate structures and is highly motivated to use her professional experiences as a force for sustainable development in the private and public sectors. She is also a master’s student at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and hopes to graduate in 2020 with an MSC in Social Business and Entrepreneurship.
Courtney Bolinson is an independent evaluation consultant specializing in impact investment, systems evaluation, and transformative evaluation. Courtney’s latest project with Engineers Without Borders Canada was a pilot of transformative evaluation in the impact investing space (funded through the ANDE Catalyst Fund for Impact Measurement). The project is exemplary of Courtney’s approach to social impact measurement – evaluations that are inclusive, culturally-responsive, uplifting of local evaluators and approaches, and holistic, while remaining appropriate for the constraints of investors, especially at the seed-stage. Courtney has an MS in both Agricultural & Applied Economics and Agroecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also sits on the leadership of the Social Impact Measurement working group at the American Evaluation Association.