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Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems


Beyond Savings: Towards Inclusive Growth - A Seminar at the London School of Economics


The London School of Economics, Houghton Street
London, England, United Kingdom WC2A 2AE
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Dec 5, 2016 (Mon), 4:00pm-8:00pm



Chair: Myles Wickstead, CBE

Myles Wickstead is a Visiting Professor (International Relations) at King’s College London. From 1997 to 2000 he served on the Board of the World Bank in Washington, and was Britain’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti from 2000 to 2004.

Laurie Lee – CEO, CARE UK

CARE developed the Savings Groups model in the early-1990s to close the credit gap among Niger’s rural poor. CARE UK CEO Laurie Lee considers savings groups, loans and financial inclusion for women and small women-owned businesses.

Josefine Lindänge Gutman – CEO, Hand in Hand International

From 2013 to 2016, Hand in Hand and CARE Rwanda teamed up to provide intensive business training to 130,000 Savings Group members. The partnership produced some hugely promising results, including a 75 percent increase in members’ average monthly incomes. As Hand in Hand prepares to expand in Tanzania, CEO Josefine Lindänge Gutman makes the case for business training achieved through partnerships.

Niclaus Bergmann – Managing Director, Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation (SBFIC)

Based in Bonn, SBFIC is the foundation of the largest banking group in Germany, with projects in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caucasus region. Group Managing Director Niclaus Bergmann discusses the importance of strengthening financial inclusion from a supply perspective.

Laura Hemrika – Head of Corporate Citizenship & Foundations, Credit Suisse

Corporate Citizenship is Credit Suisse’s social commitment to enable inclusive growth, with a focus on education, microfinance and other key sectors. Credit Suisse Head of Corporate Citizenship & Foundations Laura Hemrika will speak about the experience of MFIs extending credit and financial education to women.


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