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Annual Conference

September 19 - 21, 2016

Lunch Dialogues

The Lunch Dialogues at the 2016 SEEP Annual Conference bring together industry leaders to discuss the topics that are at the forefront of the Expanding Market Frontier's agenda. Below you will find the themes and confirmed speakers for this year's Lunch Dialogues.

Lunch Dialogues

Financial Literacy, Financial Capability, and Financial Health: What's It All About? Enabling the Business of Agriculture in 2016: Comparing Good Regulatory Practices
On the Way to the Bank: Two Steps Forward, One Step back The PPI Alliance at IPA: Poverty Measurement for the Future

Financial Literacy, Financial Capability, and Financial Health:

What's it all about?

Hosted by: 

Tuesday, September 20 | 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

The financial inclusion community is increasingly embracing the concept  of financial health as the ultimate goal of inclusion. There is also  increasing recognition that efforts to build financial literacy and  capability are urgently needed to enable people, especially the newly  included, to use financial services safely and well to better their  lives. A great deal of innovation is taking place in each of these  areas, from developing ways to measure financial health, to using  technology to promote financial capability cost-efficiently and at scale, to applying the insights of behavioral economics.

In this  session we will hear about cutting edge efforts, discuss how the three  concepts - financial literacy, financial capability and financial health - complement each other, and find out why the presenters are  convinced that we are at a significant and very optimistic turning point in all these areas.

Alexia Latortue Sarah Parker Elisabeth Rhyne
Sarah Parker  Elizabeth Rhyne 

On the Way to the Bank:
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back.

Hosted by:

Tuesday, September 20 | 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

As Savings Groups go beyond the box and form relationships with a range of formal financial institutions, they are encountering unexpected opportunities and stumbling blocks. Digital tools are transforming service delivery, offering cashless transactions and leading one to ponder the potential of virtual groups. Drawn to the potential of the SG market, financial service providers are approaching product design from a new perspective; yet the need for guarantee funds is finding its way into the conversation. To meet regulatory norms, banks require Savings Groups to be registered with a recognized government entity; to date, there are few places where that process has been quick or easy. Helping Savings Groups to become clients of formal financial institutions is a work in progress. During this session, panelists will draw on recent experience to provide an update on the various factors that are influencing that progress.


Christian Pennotti          Pam Eser       John Balaba
Christian Pennotti    


Prabhat Labh    Candace Nelson



Enabling The Business of Agriculture 2016:

Comparing Good Regulatory Practices

Hosted by: 

World Bank Group

Wednesday, September 21 | 
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Enabling market development for agriculture remains an extremely important development priority. This session will feature the efforts of the World Bank Group’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture project to assess and inform policies and regulations in 40 countries. The Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2016 report measures and monitors regulations that impact how markets function in the agriculture and agribusiness sectors.

The ultimate goal is to promote smart regulations that favor efficient regulatory processes that support thriving agribusinesses while ensuring safety and quality control. Evidence-based, comparable and actionable data are used to build indicators that allow governments to compare their regulatory framework with that of other countries, facilitating their use for policy dialogue and reform geared toward fostering efficient and inclusive agribusiness markets. World Bank representatives will lead a discussion with practitioners on the use of indicators for facilitating market system development. The session will include a presentation by the Agricultural Global Practice Global Engagement Unit. 

Preeti Ahuja Holger Kray
 Augusto Lopez Claros Preeti Ahuja  Holger Kray 

The PPI alliance at IPA:

Poverty Measurement for the Future

Hosted by: 

Wednesday, September 21 | 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Over the past 10 years, the international development sector has come to rely on the Progress out of Poverty Index® (PPI®) for understanding household poverty levels – to measure reach, improve performance, and track changes. Along with a new organizational home for the PPI, a groundbreaking alliance has been formed to support, via funding and governance, this important industry infrastructure. 

This celebratory lunch session will inform attendees about the new PPI Alliance at Innovations for Poverty Action, showcasing the PPI’s value to its users and IPA’s plans for the future of poverty measurement with the PPI. 

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