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Friday, April 17, 2015

Mobilizing Technical Assistance to Catalyze Inclusive Markets

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Session Description

Which key actors should support the critical technical assistance required to develop a promising market before it’s commercially viable? Using real scenarios from current efforts in the emerging smallholder finance sector, session contributors will create a model for incentivizing value chain actors—including farmers, corporate, government and philanthropic stakeholders—to make market-building investments. Attendees will also discuss how to price and finance investments as they evolve over time.

When | Where

11:45 - 13:00 Friday, April 17 SBS, Classroom 2

Session leaders

  • Tom Carroll Delegate
    Director, Global Development Incubator
    Tom Carroll is the Director of the AgEnterprise portfolio of the Global Development Incubator (GDI). The AgEnterprise portfolio supports multi-stakeholder initiatives and social enterprises that focus on the development and application of products and services for small agricultural enterprises, including finance, digital technology, and education. The portfolio’s efforts aim to make the economics of environmentally sound, community-led agriculture sustainable. In this role, Tom oversees GDI’s support for several incubated efforts, including the Initiative for Smallholder Finance and The Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab. Previously, Tom was a Partner at Dalberg Global Development Advisors where he led a strategy consulting portfolio that included efforts such as comprehensive investment / market entry analyses of global and regional commodity markets; the development of public-private partnerships across a host of those markets; the commercialization of agriculture technologies; and the design of innovative financing mechanisms in frontier markets. Tom holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a BA in government from the University of Notre Dame.