Isadora Bigourdan

Digital Learning Designer and Mentor – Inclusive business and social innovation

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As a lawyer then investment officer, Isadora has a strong record in structuring and financing innovative and inclusive businesses in emerging countries (mainly Africa and Latin America), especially in the field of education and innovative funding at the French Agency for Development. Acting as advisor and digital learning team leader now, she is designing accelerator programs and innovation initiatives to boost the development of impactful businesses in Africa. She strongly believes that entrepreneurs in emerging markets build new ways of doing business, where frugality meets massive digitalization, producing inspiring inclusive models.

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Promoting housing policies coordinated with the private sector

To meet the housing challenge, developing countries need to create new housing production models integrated into a sustainable overall urban policy. They need to collaborate with the private sector and support the entire housing sector in an integrated manner to achieve this. Securing land ownership and increasing funding for sector are the key conditions necessary to encourage private stakeholders to produce affordable housing on a massive scale.
Public housing policies in developing countries – often supported by international funding agencies, applying formulas that have worked in the North – are struggling to meet the needs of rapidly growing populations. Housing generally remains accessible only to the better off, while the number of people living in substandard accommodation is growing by 25 million a year. Cities often expand haphazardly, with the majority of people living in informal settlements where sanitation and security are extremely poor.


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