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BRS Microfinance Lunch Break

Is digital inclusion the way to job creation and poverty alleviation?


📅 Monday, 22nd of April 2024 at 12:00 pm (CET)

🌐 Live in Auditorium of KBC, Havenlaan 2, 1080 Brussel

🖥️ Or online via livestream

🗨️ The language of the conference is English (only)


Olivier Vanden Eynde from ‘Close the Gap’. 

Olivier Vanden Eynde founded Close the Gap, an international social enterprise, in 2001 as a spin-off at the Solvay Business School of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium. Close the Gap creates a win-win between companies and non-profits to provide affordable IT solutions to social projects in developing countries.

Today, Close the Gap is considered one of three largest ICT suppliers worldwide for budget-limited not-for-profits in developing countries. Since the start Close the Gap has collected more than 1.5 million devices and supported organizations in over 50 countries around the world.

👤More about Olivier



11:30 am Doors open
12:00 pm Welcome and introduction by Frederik Vandepitte, Managing Director Cera, Chairman BRS
12:10 pm Is digital inclusion the way to job creation and poverty alleviation? by Olivier Vanden Eynde from ‘Close the Gap’.
12:40 pm Questions and answers
13:00 pm Lunch Buffet

A growing body of evidence demonstrates that digital technologies can enable economic transformation in Africa and help create more jobs for its people. Close the Gap and social entrepreneur Olivier Vanden Eynde make it their main mission to bring digital technologies accessible to all people, and especially lower-income and lower-skilled entrepreneurs and employees, to  work better and learn better, and ultimately catalyse adoption and productivity.

May we ask you to confirm your participation before the 18th of April?


Please register here


Participation is free, however in case of no show without prior notification, we charge 50 euro for costs incurred.

We advise to use public transport or leave your car or bicycle in a nearby car park of bicycle parking spot.