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Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems

Lunch Dialogues

The Lunch Dialogues at the 2017 SEEP Annual Conference brought together industry leaders to discuss the topics that are at the forefront of the Catalyzing Transformative Change agenda. Below you will find the themes and confirmed speakers for the 2017 lunch sessions.

Education Finance: A Business Case
to Address the Education Crisis
When Reality Gets in the Way: 
Considerations for Systemic Change


What's Data Got to Do With it?
Reframing the Conversation from Financial Inclusion to Financial Health


Education Finance: A Business Case to Address the Education Crisis

 

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How can finance address the availability and quality of education?  What is the market opportunity for financial service providers? What products and services are most in demand? How can data science help create sustainable portfolios and better lives for children and families?

 

With 263 million children currently out of school, a ballooning under-15 population across the developed world, and governments unable to provide an education for every child,  Education Finance has a critical role to play in getting every child into school – and keeping them there.  

 

Opportunity International has been facilitating the entry of microfinance institutions into education finance for 10 years, supporting savings, loan-attached social services, and more than 180,000 loans to schools and parents through profitable, sustainable portfolios with minimal risk and high social impact.  Through a combination of historical data, economic profiling, and social analysis, this session will walk through the successful elements of an Education Finance portfolio, from loans to savings and payments, and profiling a unique approach to profitably improving the quality of education.

 

Nathan Byrd Genzo Yamamoto Abigail Condie

 

 

 

 



When Reality Gets in the Way: 
Considerations for Systemic Change

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How are current development approaches falling short, especially in fragile and crisis-affected environments? What are the challenges we face in trying to transform current assistance approaches? How can we address the needs of the most vulnerable individuals as we attempt to shift entire systems?

Recent evidence highlights some of the challenges we face when trying to catalyze systems change to reduce poverty. Join us to examine some of those findings and discuss with USAID technical experts representing a broad spectrum of programmatic approaches and activities. We will consider what systems aspects present opportunities to improve the transformation potential of our work. We will discuss where we see the current frontier issues and our learning agenda going forward. Join us to have a dialogue about how to further improve effectiveness and sustainability.

Kristin O'Planick Joan Whelan Laura Meissner Elizabeth Stites Tiffany Griffin
 

 


What's Data Got to Do With it?
Reframing the Conversation from Financial Inclusion to Financial Health

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Why do some countries with the highest financial inclusion rates, including the United States, still report relatively low levels of financial health? How can we align financial inclusion indicators with broader financial health outcomes? How can we apply data to scale impact and achieve greater financial health results? How can we harness data to strengthen and transform organizational strategies?

Leading financial inclusion practitioners – both domestic and international – share an understanding of the value of data. Yet the conversations between these two worlds are often divided, and at times existing data isn’t optimally utilized. When it comes to financial inclusion, the United States presents a curious case. With 93% of the population included or “banked”, data reveals that 57% of Americans remain financially unhealthy. Other countries are increasingly aware that traditional measures of financial inclusion often reveal little about the financial health of a society. In this session domestic and international leaders will workshop how to leverage lessons and insights from other leading organizations, and share best practices for achieving financial health outcomes.

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