Behind The Noise with Adam Bornstein

Behind The Noise with Adam Bornstein

By Adam Bornstein
Behind the Noise is a monthly podcast that probes the issues facing humanitarian assistance, impact investing, and development aid and offers up suggestions on how to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of these converging segments. Join Adam Bornstein, innovative finance lead at Danish Red Cross, as he interviews a colourful collection of inspirational and thoughtful guests who help dispel the noise and get the heart of the matters at hand. Listen in as Adam brings together a mix of bankers, artists, scientists, academics, and politicians who operate Behind The Noise.
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#3 Behind The Noise - Migrants, Coronavirus, and the Relationship Between China and Africa with special guests Dr. Erin Sorrell and Dr. Claire Standley

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#6 Behind the Noise - Lawrence Camp, Senior Adviser with USAID’s Private Capital and Microenterprise Office, discusses evolving role of development agencies, innovative finance, & humanitarian nexus
This week’s podcast features Lawrence Camp, former Director and now Senior Adviser with USAID’s Private Capital and Microenterprise Office  which is part of the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment.   We get into: (1)  how developmental finance has changed over the past 25-30 years, (2) the role of alternative financing structures (i.e. blended finance and pay for performance) in a development context, (3) the evolving role of development banks as catalytic funders rather than principal funders, (4) how to facilitate coordination between development and humanitarian, and (5) the future of development assistance. I actually had a ton of questions for Lawrence but we ran out time. It good show. Hope you enjoy it. Note: Lawrence's views do not represent those of USAID, he did this podcast speaking on his own behalf, and not the Agency's. If you have questions or comments of this podcast please tweet us at @DRCInnovation or @Adambornstein Articles highlighted: Structural factors in the economic reforms of China, Eastern Europe, and the Former Soviet Union (Jeffrey Sachs, 1994) THE NEW DYNAMICS OF FINANCIAL GLOBALIZATION (McKinsey, 2017) Pay for Results in Development A Primer for Practitioners (USAID, 2018)
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March 16, 2020
#5 Behind the Noise - Sofie Blakstad, CEO of HiveOnline, discusses community banking, the future of fintech, creating opportunities for vulnerable women, and how all roads lead to behaviour economics
Our special guest this week is Sofie Blakstad, CEO and founder of HiveOnline, who seeks to help financially excluded entrepreneurs thrive, is author of Blockchain: Gateway to Sustainability Linked Bonds, an avid cyclist, a self proclaimed opera nut, and fake Dane. You can contact Sofie at here. If you have questions or comments of this podcast please tweet us at @DRCInnovation or @Adambornstein Articles highlighted: The new science on AA and 12-step facilitation
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March 12, 2020
#4 Behind the Noise - William Hynes from OECD on why prevailing economic paradigms weaken, not strengthen social and environmental resilience
Our special guest this week is William Hynes, Head of The New Approaches to Economic Challenges Unit at OECD.  We originally recorded this podcast on the 11 February 2020.  William and I discussion how traditional economic theory, which strives for market optimisation, inherently overlooks and fails to address social and environmental resilience. We get into new modalities such as complexity and chaos theory, agent-based modelling, and the recognition that we should be thinking about the resilience of economies/societies rather than the triggers. I think this last point may challenge the growing interest (and investment) in trigger (or forecast) based humanitarian interventions. If you have questions or comments please tweet us at @DRCInnovation or @Adambornstein Articles highlights: Currency experts fear IMF no longer has firepower to act as world’s lender of last resort (The Telegraph, 9/2/2020) Beyond Growth (OECD, 9/2019) 
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February 23, 2020
#3 Behind The Noise - Migrants, Coronavirus, and the Relationship Between China and Africa with special guests Dr. Erin Sorrell and Dr. Claire Standley
Today’s podcast looks at the impact of pandemics on migrants and vulnerable communities and specifically in the context of the evolving dynamics between Africa and China. Our special guests include Dr. Erin Sorrell and Dr. Claire Standley from Georgetown University's Centre for Global Health Science and Security.   This podcast is sponsored by the Danish Red Cross Innovative Finance and System Change Team. If you want more information about the Team please tweet us @DRCInnovation or @AdamBornstein. Learn more about what the Danish Red Cross and its work around migration and refugee you can click here. Click here for Prof. Sorrell's profile Click her for Prof. Standley's profile
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February 17, 2020
#2 Behind The Noise - Central Bank Digital Currency with special guests Will Ruddick and Nick Williams
I'm joined by my friends Will Ruddick (Grassroots Economics Foundation) and Nick Williams (Sempo) outside the Boma Inn in Nairobi, Kenya, today, having just spent the past 12 hours hashing out 12-month game plan for the Community Inclusion Currencies project we're working on. A couple Tuskers in and the conversation lent its way toward the viability and probability of a US FED Digital Currency (or Central Bank Digital Currency).  If you are interested in some additional information, check out these articles: Designing Central Bank Digital Currencies (IMF, Nov 2019) Fed looking into central bank digital coins, Brainard says (Reuters, Feb 2020) The current landscape of central bank digital currencies (Brookings, Dec 2019)
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February 10, 2020
#1 Behind the Noise - What is "Behind the Noise with Adam Bornstein" all about?
A short audio clip introducing the mission and ambition of Behind the Noise podcast. If you have comments, questions, or guests you'd like to recommend please contact Danish Red Cross Innovative Finance and Systems Change (IFSC) team on the socials: @DRCInnovation or Linkedin or @adambornstein  
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February 3, 2020