Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
|Offering More for Clients when Regulators Don't Allow Deposits|
|Market Systems Development Approaches for Those Living in Extreme Poverty|
Facilitation of Commercial Relationships between Producer Groups & the Local Private Sector
Development organizations that support cooperatives and producer groups may unintentionally foster adversarial relations between the private sector and producers. This can fosters a “lose-lose” market system. Join us for a conversation on how to structure “win-win” interventions that serve both producer groups and the private sector.
Co-Hosts: Kristin Wilcox, Global Communities and Caroline Fowler, EcoVentures International
Habitat for Humanity International’s Center for Innovation in Shelter and Finance is working toward the expansion of affordable housing markets through partnerships with market actors. We want to engage others in this conversation to seek inputs to improve the models we are currently implementing and to explore how partnerships can increase inclusion of low income populations.
Host: Sandra Prieto-Callison, Habitat for Humanity International
USAID-PEFPAR 3.0’s focus on targeting has generated increased interest in vulnerability assessments for economic strengthening interventions. After completing a large-scale assessment in Cote d'Ivoire, the ASPIRES project is compiling technical guidance on vulnerability assessments and seeking an opportunity to exchange best practices and lessons learned with others.
Host: Whitney Moret, FHI 360
From virtual business incubation to mobile money platforms, information communication technologies are being utilized to improve the lives of the poor. Join us for a conversation to share experiences, ideas, and strategies for the use of ICTs that enhance women’s economic empowerment.
Host: Adam Bramm, MEDA
The Smart Campaign’s recently concluded Client Voice research project to learn what microfinance clients think about good and bad treatment by financial institutions, and to measure the incidence of problems. Discussion and feedback to these findings will be critical in taking them forward as catalysts for collective action.
Hosts: Alexandra Rizzi, Accion/The Smart Campaign
The SG+ model utilizes savings groups (SGs) as a platform to introduce additional health related interventions. It is critical to draw upon the experiences of the practitioner community, particularly related to challenges and lessons learned, to maximize effectiveness. Join us to explore incentives to improve referral system functionality, discuss absorptive capacity of existing SGs, and the integration of additional financial services.
Host: Zach Andersson, FHI 360
Many of us are equally excited by savings, mobile money, and other services that drastically improve outreach; however, most regulators still do not allow it. How can we think more creatively about the products and services MFIs could legally provide? How else could we approach this problem? In the long-run, what will happen to credit-only institutions that have been built over the last 10-15 years?
Host: Elissa LaBorde, Global Communities
The development field is full of anedoctes. Unfortunately, we can no longer change one person’s life at a time. Robust evidence is needed to scale up successful interventions. Academics also realize they need more engagement to remain useful. How to forge a productive relation between these two worlds remain a challenge. We want to bring folks together to share experiences and find possible solutions.
Host: Laté Lawson-Lartego, CARE USA
Connecting Humanitarian Cash Transfers and Financial Services: What Works, Doesn’t and What Should be Tried Next?
60 million people are currently displaced by war and natural disasters. In response, humanitarian agencies often deliver cash transfers, which could link these populations with financial services. Yet connecting aid recipients with appropriate financial services rarely succeeds. Join the conversation about the possibilities of closer collaboration between humanitarian actors and financial service providers.
Host: Sara Murray, Mercy Corps and Radha Rajkotia, International Rescue Committee
The first Sustainable Development Goal includes “eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day” by 2030. Designing effective program interventions for those living under $1.25/day poses a unique challenge. Market systems development approaches can be utilized to address the lack of market inclusion for the extremely poor. We invite participants in this session to share their experiences for implementing market systems development approaches in the field.
Host: Dan Norell, World Vision