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Opportunity...April 2019. FY19 MuralsDC Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists Request for Qualifications

FY19 MuralsDC Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH), in partnership with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW), seeks graffiti and aerosol mural artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals as part of the MuralsDC program. Selected artists will be expected to address designated youth (ages 14-18) to help them understand the art of aerosol graffiti mural painting and provide youth with opportunities to assist (site preparation and mural outlining).
The MuralsDC program was established to replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, revitalize sites within communities in the District of Columbia, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting.  This initiative aims to  positively engage the District's youth by teaching proper professional art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform artistic skills in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. There are currently more than eighty (80) MuralsDC projects across all eight wards of the District of Columbia.
Submission Deadline:  Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 4:00 pm ET


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Making Impact Investment Work for Women
Event to be held at the following time and date:

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM (EDT)
Note: This program is a Live Webinar & Q&A that is accessible from any web-enabled computer or mobile device.


Women’s empowerment and gender equality are complex issues; designing and executing strategies that are transformative require that we take a stance and have an understanding that complexity is real and multi-layered dimensions and intersectionality matter. In this webinar, we will discuss and learn about:
  • Strategies for getting more women at decision-making levels in impact investment, as fund managers, LPs, Venture Capitalists, angel investors and in philanthropies
  • Tactics and mechanisms for including gender equality and women’s empowerment in investment strategies of impact investment funds, blended funds and VCs; with emphasis on identifying what helps with getting a pipeline of projects that are investible and selecting from among that pipeline
  • The experiences and differences across and between women based on racial, sexual orientation, national origin and age
  • Learn about a research project that conducted a detailed exploration of gender issues in impact investment in the UK
This webinar is the first in a series of three programs focused on diversity, inclusion and accountability in impact investment designed in collaboration with Gillian Marcelle of Resilience Capital Ventures LLC. For more information on the series, visit this link.


GILLIAN MARCELLE, PhD is a senior leader in economic development and international business with a proven track record in attracting investment to emerging markets. She is currently the managing member of Resilience Capital Ventures LLC, an advisory firm in the blended finance space and serves as a non-Executive Director of Tafari Capital, an innovative fintech start-up in Joburg, South Africa. Her finance background includes development finance with the International Finance Corporation, as well as, equities and capital markets with JP Morgan Chase. She has also advised the United Nations on impact investment and innovation for the benefit of the global South. In July 2018, she completed a contract as the Executive Director of the UVI RTPark, a specialist economic development agency for the US Virgin Islands. In this role, she successfully transformed the organization; doubling the number of technology and knowledge based investors in three years and placing focus on deriving social investment contributions from the firms benefitting from generous tax incentives. A global citizen with wide networks and various communities of practice drawn from her personal and professional connections in Washington DC., London, Johannesburg and Trinidad & Tobago. Her educational background includes earning degrees in Economics from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, and the Kiel Institute of World Economics, an MBA with a specialization in high technology management from the George Washington University and a doctorate in innovation policy from the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit, SPRU, University of Sussex. For her scholarly work, she is an affiliated researcher at the Tata Center for Technology and Design, MIT, Cambridge MA.


BONNIE CHIU is the Managing Director of The Social Investment Consultancy. In this capacity she convenes Women in Social Finance, a network of 100 senior-level women in social finance in London, and has co-founded the Diversity Forum, a network of leading impact investors in the UK committed to diversity and inclusion. She is also the Founder and CEO of award-winning non-profit social enterprise Lensational, which equips marginalised women with photography training and digital storytelling.

 An award-winning social entrepreneur and advocate, she is Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur in Europe, and an Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goal 5 on Gender Equality for the Lavazza calendar. She is a global speaker and commentator, having been invited to speak in 17 countries, most prominently at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting 2016, and she serves as a Forbes contributor, writing on diversity and inclusion. 

CYNTHIA RINGO is a Senior Part­ner of DBL Part­ners, and a Man­ag­ing Part­ner of a prior fund man­aged under DBL Investors. Ms. Ringo cur­rently sits on the board of direc­tors of The Real­Real, Urban­sit­ter, Maiyet, RubyRib­bon, Brainscope and Siva Power, and works with View, Yer­dle, Kateeva and Apeel Sci­ences.  Ms. Ringo was for­merly a Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Van­tage­Point Ven­ture Part­ners from 2002 to 2008 where she was Group Leader of the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Sys­tems, Inter­net and Media Prac­tice. Ms. Ringo served as a Board Mem­ber of the fol­low­ing Van­tage­Point port­fo­lio com­pa­nies: Entri­sphere, Klipsh, Tym­phany, Widevine, Live­scribe, Prov­ina and Meriton.
Ms. Ringo is a member of the Bay Area BUILD board of directors and is also a member of WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) Foundation. Ms. Ringo is a men­tor to Stan­ford University’s Grad­u­ate School of Busi­ness, Cen­ter for Entre­pre­neur­ial Stud­ies. She also serves as an advi­sor to sev­eral orga­ni­za­tions includ­ing: the SVFo­rum, a Sil­i­con Val­ley lead­er­ship forum, Astia, sup­port­ing women-​​led entre­pre­neurs, as a judge for the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change com­pe­ti­tion, a mem­ber of the Emer­i­tus Board, Water­mark and is a mem­ber of Broad­way Angels. Ms. Ringo received a BS in Legal Sys­tems from Geor­gia State Uni­ver­sity and a JD from Emory Uni­ver­sity School of Law.

BAHIYAH YASMEEN ROBINSON is the Founder + CEO of VC Include, an advocacy organization that connects female and diverse emerging managers with LPs that care about returns, impact and inclusion across the lens of gender, ethnicity, sexual identity and race.  Since June 2018, VC Include has produced curated convenings in New York City, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Silicon Valley, and is expanding to additional cities in 2019. These intimate gatherings create meaningful, longterm relationships through knowledge exchange and a new level of pattern matching, while creating a more diverse pipeline of investors in the alternative investments ecosystem.

Bahiyah is also the CEO of Robinson (+) Consulting Group, a New York City based company that provides insights, strategy and investor connections to corporations, NGOs and ecosystems of startups, with a focus on women, women of color, and the African Diaspora.  She's lead multiple technology, investment, fundraising and social impact initiatives in the US, Brazil and across Sub-Saharan Africa since 2001. Her collaborations and investments have been recognized over the years by the Knight Foundation, Echoing Green, Entrepreneur, CNN and Forbes. Bahiyah was born in Palo Alto, California.  She was raised and educated around the themes of science, technology, and equity.

BETTY SALANIC is the chief executive officer of Accelerate Investors, which is accelerating access to capital for diverse-led funds. In this role, Betty partners with pension funds, endowments, foundations, asset managers and other investment industry stakeholders. Betty began her career as an analyst at J.P. Morgan Asset Management in New York. She later joined an impact investment fund, Root Capital, in investor relations - raising capital from foundations, government agencies and socially responsible investors. Subsequently, she conducted research and due-diligence on multi-million dollar private equity and venture capital investments for Rice University's $5.8 billion endowment. Betty graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance and a BS in Corporate Communication.

Impact Entrepreneur's Building an Impact Economy Webinar Series features presentations, conversations and panel discussions with the leading individuals and organizations in impact investing and entrepreneurship.

This webinar series and its companion series, Luminarias, are co-sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors as part of its Scaling Solutions Initiative.
For more information, visit

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Why Has The World Forgotten Haiti? April 2019

Why Has The World Forgotten Haiti?   

April 1, 2019.   

 Police try to break up a protest in front of the National Palace in Haiti capital Port-au-Prince

Humanitarian conditions in Haiti have significantly worsened over the past year, the U.N.’s Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller warned in an address earlier this month.  

Hunger levels are on the rise and more than half of Haiti’s population lives below the poverty line. Access to basic services is very limited and more than a quarter of Haitians lack clean water to drink. Some 2.6 million people are expected to be in need of humanitarian assistance in 2019, and more than 300,000 children are unable to get an education.

Yet the world has largely turned its back on the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.

In 2018, the U.N.’s appeal for Haiti was funded at just 13 percent, making the country the site of the world’s most underfunded humanitarian crisis.
“Sadly, the severe levels of humanitarian need in the country rarely make headlines,” Mueller lamented.

A Tale of Two Countries 
On top of the dire humanitarian situation, a political crisis is unfolding in Haiti as well.

Angered at the country’s ever-diminishing economic prospects, thousands have taken to the streets in recent months calling for President Jovenel Moïse to leave office.

But unlike the ongoing political crisis to the South in Venezuela, the protests in Haiti have also received little attention from Western leaders and the major international press.

As the first country to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guiado’s claim to the presidency, the United States has played a leading role in efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power.

U.S. officials claim the 2018 elections that saw Maduro win another term were “illegitimate,” and that Maduro’s incompetence and corruption are the root of Venezuela’s sharp economic decline.

With President Donald Trump’s administration committed to regime change in Venezuela, major American cable news programs and print publications have paid close attention to the humanitarian situation there.

Lost Faith 
But questions surrounding the legitimacy of Haiti’s Moïse, as well as allegations of corruption and mismanagement, have also been persistent.
In addition to allegations of fraud, widespread disillusionment and systemic barriers to voting resulted in only about 20 percent of Haitians casting ballots in the 2016 elections that brought Moïse to power, Jake Johnston, an analyst at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, told The Globe Post.

“For me, the biggest indicator of election’s declining legitimacy is evidenced by the increasingly declining turnout,” he said.

“Is it really a surprise when a lot of people don’t actually respect the government’s legitimacy or mandate when so few people actually participate?”

Marlene Daut, a professor of African Diaspora Studies at the University of Virginia, agrees.

“On the U.S. side, we tend to think that as long as there are elections, we can say someone was ‘democratically elected,’” she told The Globe Post.
“But the feeling in Haiti is …they have lost faith in the electoral process.”

Funds, Squandered 
Like in Venezuela, perceptions of widespread corruption have also plagued the Haitian government.

From 2005 until recently, Haiti received some $4 billion in petrol loans as part of a program called Petrocaribe that was initiated by former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

The loans were intended to allow Haiti and other Carribean countries to invest in programs like schooling, healthcare and infrastructure, but Haiti’s public sector ultimately saw little of the money.

Additionally, Moïse has been at the center of a recent high-profile corruption scandal involving American “mercenaries” who were reportedly hired by him to transfer $80 million from the country’s national bank to a personal account of his.

So what explains the vast disparity in responses to the political and humanitarian crises in Venezuela and Haiti?

According to Daut and Johnston, the answer boils down to geopolitics.

“I don’t think that the U.S. government is interested in democracy or human rights or that those are the motivating factors behind what they’re involved in Venezuela,” Johnston said.

Venezuela’s government has pursued a socilaist strand of independent development following the election of Chavez in 1999, and has since aligned itself with countries like Russia and China.

Haiti’s government, on the other hand, has largely played by the rules set out by the U.S. In some sense, efforts from American administrations throughout history have ensured this.

U.S. involvement in Haitian politics dates back to at least to the early 20th Century when the island was occupied by American Marines between 1914 and 1934. Throughout much of the rest of the century, the U.S. supported the brutal regimes of Francois Duvalier and his son, Jean-Claude.

In 1990, when Haiti surprised Washington by electing the populist liberation theologist Jean Bertrand Aristide, the George H.W. Bush administration supported a military coup that quickly deposed him.
Since then, a line of Haitian governments have generally aligned themselves with the U.S., embracing Washington’s preferred brand of “neoliberal” policies and opening the country to foreign investment.

“Haiti, since colonial times has been built around an extraction of wealth and distribution to other parts of the world,” Johnston said. “This has been the economic model in Haiti for centuries that in many ways continues today.”

Continuing Cycle 
While those on the ground in Haiti are largely more concerned with the daily economic struggles they face, Daut said there is a “strong feeling” among Haitian Americans that recent presidents have been “installed” by the U.S.

As protests continue throughout Haiti, Moïse’s relationship with Washington appears to be stronger than ever.

After Haiti voted with the U.S. in the Organization of American States to recognize Guaido as interim president in Venezuela, Trump sat down with Moïse at Mara Lago last week, and the U.S. is reportedly helping to broker a debt relief agreement between Haiti and Qatar.

And though there appears to be no immediate threat to Moïse’s power, Johnston said he expects popular pressure on the government won’t stop any time soon.

“The underlying issue is a political and economic system that excludes far too much of the population,” he said.

“Until those root problems are addressed, I see that cycle continuing into the future.”

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