Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
Including People with Disabilities in Economic Strengthening Initiatives
To end extreme poverty by 2030, it is critical that people with disabilities are included in all economic strengthening work. The 3rd installment in the "Towards Resilient Livelihoods for Very Poor Households" webinar series will present learning from the disability-inclusive programming of both Trickle Up and the Accion Center for Financial Inclusion. Presenters will share lessons and resources from livelihood development and microfinance perspectives that will help webinar participants and their organizations answer the question: “How can our push and pull strategies be more disability-inclusive?”
The webinar series focuses on recent examples from field practice that focus on “push” strategies targeting very vulnerable populations and helping them build a minimum level of assets for eventual engagement in markets. At the same time, in each webinar we examine whether existing markets or “pull” strategies provide viable opportunities for these populations.
Michael Felix - Program Director for Central America, Trickle Up
Applying entrepreneurial skills honed during five years in the software industry, Michael has worked to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of community and economic development programs and organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Michael is currently the Program Director for Central America at Trickle Up, where he leads program strategy and efforts for the region with a strong focus on inclusive development. He is co-author of Disability, Poverty and Livelihoods, a guide written to share learning from a recent USAID-supported livelihood development project for people with disabilities in rural Guatemala. He has a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Boston College and an MA in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University.
Josh Goldstein - Principal Director for Economic Citizenship & Disability Inclusion, Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion International
Mr. Goldstein was part of the team that founded the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion in 2009. He is Program Manager for the Center's "Financial Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities" initiative. He has spearheaded the development of the Framework for Disability Inclusion and is managing the implementation of the Framework at Fundación Paraguaya, an award winning microfinance institution (MFI) in Paraguay. He is also overseeing a new partnership with three MFIs in India to implement the Framework there. In January, 2014, the Center published a series of disability inclusion tools and trainings, based on the work in Paraguay, which are open source and immediately available to MFIs and other interested financial service providers. As the Center’s global advocate for disability inclusion he gives talks on disability at conferences around the world and works closely with the UN. Mr. Goldstein writes a blog post for the Center as "Mr. Provocative." He is also a playwright, with several plays produced in London. He taught for many years at Boston University.