Francesca Oliva is graduated with a degree in Economic and Social Sciences from Bocconi University in Milan and obtained a Master in European Studies and Global Affairs from the Graduate School of Economics and International Relations of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan.
She worked as a junior researcher consultant for the two Universities from 2003 to 2006, studying the evolution of Italian industrial districts, the Euro-Mediterrean economic integration, and carrying out monitoring and evaluation analyses. From 2006 to 2009 she worked with AVSI Foundation in Northern Uganda managing projects in water and sanitation, AIDS prevention and economic development, with funding from European and private donors and USAID. From February 2010 she worked at Expo 2015 S.p.A. dealing with the participation of developing countries in international exhibitions. In early 2011 she returned to Uganda and she is currently working with AVSI Foundation facilitating private profit/non for profit partnerships and leading the monitoring and evaluation division of the organization. Since August 2012 she has also started a collaboration with FinAfrica promoting the startup and development of SMEs in Uganda.
personal page: https://ug.linkedin.com/pub/francesca-oliva/0/4a4/75a
Impact Investing and Inclusive Business (taught with Casolari)
Traditional aid and public service delivery models have proven not to be sufficient to achieve the objectives of development cooperation on one side, and to effectively and efficiently provide social services to the populations living in western countries on the other side. Moreover an overall scarcity of funds for aid to least developed countries is observed alongside with increasing inequality and poverty in many developed economies which is hardly addressed through the use of traditional models.
Thanks to the blending of models coming from the private and financial sector is possible though to design new ways of addressing social and public problems while attracting private sector players and leveraging private finance. Private sector players show a growing interest in aid projects as the entry points to the markets of the poor and aid actors are interested in adopting business models in their interventions.
The contamination between the two worlds has already produced new instruments of cooperation and development such as social enterprises and impact investing.
The course contents:
- Overview of the status of development cooperation within a changing global context.
- New models of cooperation: Social enterprises and Impact investing
- How and where to adopt the new models: opportunities for development stakeholders