The Opportunity Podcast

The Opportunity Podcast

By Opportunity International
Tune in and listen to our Town Hall recordings as we share updates on the work of Opportunity International Canada around the world.
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Town Hall - Opportunity International Canada's 2019 Annual Report
CEO, Dan Murray, and our CFO, Grace Loney, discuss our 2019 impact as well as the year ahead.
38:46
June 18, 2020
Town Hall - Going Deeper on Education Finance
Andrew McCusker, Opportunity's Head of Education Finance, joined us to talk about how our EduFinance initiative is helping accelerate an end to the global education crisis.  For Opportunity, solving the global education crisis is not theoretical. We’ve seen parents and educators around the world already doing it—and doing it faster and better than we could have ever imagined.  During our call Andrew will discuss how Opportunity offers the only systemic approach that helps more kids go to school and stay in school, while improving the quality of education schools provide.  This work, we believe, is accomplished much faster and more effectively with a bottom-up approach: investing in the potential of local parents and educators who, impatient with waiting for their local public schools to improve, build their own affordable private schools to provide the quality education they envision for their children. Everywhere, parents want to give their children a good education, and educators are stepping up to fill the gaps left by public school systems. Access to capital, blended with trainings and localized support, provides the catalyst for affordable private schools to rapidly expand and improve—and continue expanding and improving, long after Opportunity’s first intervention. Learn more at opportunityinternational.ca/education
49:35
June 17, 2020
Town Hall - Going Deeper On Community Health Leaders
By building on the base of existing small loan clients, Opportunity's Health program focuses on training local women to become health leaders in their communities, allowing them to spread life-saving knowledge and care while earning an income to support their families.  This program has already trained over 4,500 health leaders and have impacted almost 5.6 million people in their communities with lasting change. Hear from Jessica Carter, Opportunity International Australia’s Asia Health Program Director, who says "Now more than ever we need to ensure everybody has access to basic health knowledge and care."  Learn more about this program and how these health leaders are training to be on the front line of COVID-19 prevention. Find out more at opportunityinternational.ca
52:52
June 17, 2020
Town Hall: Going Deeper on Digital Financial Inclusion
As the Africa Director for Digital Financial Services for Opportunity International, Nick Meakin is responsible for overseeing the implementation and scale up of Mobile and Agent banking deployments and other digital inclusion engagements throughout Opportunity International’s partners in Africa. These solutions serve people—disproportionately women—who are often illiterate and living without running water or electricity. They are remarkable women whose lives have been marked by difficulty, but whose lives have been changed by technology. During our call Nick will share some of the ways Opportunity is changing the lives of our clients with technology and future opportunities to scale and reach for digital solutions. We can use the tools that we have already developed—and the ones that haven’t been invented yet—to help small-holder farmers, keep kids in school, and break the cycle of multi-generational poverty. The Digital Financial Services team will continue to focus on groups of people that are often late to the digital revolution—mainly rural communities and women. Learn More at https://www.opportunityinternational.ca
47:47
April 3, 2020
Town Hall: Going Deeper on Opportunity Canada’s 2020 Vision and Impact
 Dan Murray, CEO of Opportunity International Canada share's and update on the impact of the COVID-19 and our clients. Then hear from him as he lay's out the vision for the organization in 2020 and beyond. Hear from our Program team as they share about the dynamic projects and programs that our Implementing Partners have going on this year. Learn More at https://www.opportunityinternational.ca 
51:54
April 1, 2020
Town Hall - Going Deeper on Impact
Calum Scott, Opportunity International’s Global Impact Director will be joins us from Australia to talk about the evolving needs of those living in poverty, what the data is telling us and what some of the big challenges in our work.
56:03
April 1, 2020