Asunción, Paraguay
November 27, 2014

The Centro de Informacion y Recursos para el Desarrollo (CIRD), IPA Peru, and J-PAL LAC organized a seminar on the importance of scientific evidence in improving the efficiency and efficacy of social policy. Dylan Ramshaw (Deputy Country Director, IPA Peru) introduced IPA and J-PAL’s mission and work in the region. Juan Hernandez (Policy Manager, J-PAL LAC) presented on the value that evidence can bring to public policy, as well as the role that randomized evaluations can play.
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Lilongwe, Malawi
November 20, 2014 - November 21, 2014

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in Malawi and the Yale Savings and Payments Research Fund, under the Financial Inclusion Program at IPA, partnered with the Bankers Association of Malawi (BAM) to host a policy conference on Achieving Better Banking in Malawi on November 20 – 21, 2014, in Lilongwe, Malawi.  
Bogota, Colombia
November 13, 2014

Sebastian Chaskel (Country Representative, IPA Colombia) participated in a roundtable hosted by the Center for Financial Inclusion’s “Financial Inclusion 2020” project (FI2020). Financial services providers and experts in financial capabilities discussed how insights from behavioral economics can be used to improve the design and delivery of financial products. Sebastian presented recent evidence from randomized evaluations of products and services that promote financial capability.
Washington D.C., United States
November 12, 2014

Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan (Global Financial Inclusion Initiative Director, IPA) participated in a roundtable with leading policymakers, industry representatives, and thought leaders from the public, non-profit, and private sectors to discuss the status and role of standard-setting bodies with respect to financial inclusion. The roundtable was held at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
November 05, 2014 - November 06, 2014

Pooja Wagh (Financial Inclusion Program Coordinator, IPA) hosted a workshop on “Gathering Rigorous Evidence to Inform Financial Product and Program Design” for practitioners on the use of rigorous evaluations to inform the design and test the effectiveness of financial products and programs. The workshop was part of the 2014 Citi-FT Financial Education Summit, supported by the Citi Foundation and organized in partnership with the Pearson Foundation and the Financial Times.
Washington D.C., United States
October 12, 2014

On 12 October, 2014, Dean Karlan, Academic Lead for the Financial Inclusion Program, served as a panelist for a discussion on technology and financial inclusion at the Future of Finance Seminar at the International Monetary Fund’s 2014 Annual Meetings. Watch a video of the panel discussion on the event website.
Washington D.C., United States
October 07, 2014

Pooja Wagh (Financial Inclusion Program Coordinator, IPA) participated in a panel on the value of savings accounts for young people. Panelists discussed implementation lessons and results from rigorous impact evaluations of programs offering bank accounts to youth. The panel discussion was part of the 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit organized by Making Cents International.
Cartagena, Colombia
September 18, 2014 - September 19, 2014

On 18 – 19 September, 2014, Accion hosted a seminar in Cartagena, Colombia around mobilizing savings among the poor in Latin America. IPA researcher Lasse Brune discussed recent data and research on savings among the poor and presented insights from impact evaluations of interventions and financial products designed to encourage savings among low-income households around the world.
Washington D.C., United States
September 18, 2014

On 18 September 2014, IPA Manager Aaron Dibner-Dunlap presented on a panel titled "How to Get People to Save" at the Assets Learning Conference, hosted by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) in Washington, DC. The panelists discussed evidence-based interventions derived from nudges–incremental changes in behavior–which show promise in promoting savings habits among low-income populations.
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
September 09, 2014 - September 11, 2014

On 9 – 11 September, 2014, the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), in cooperation with the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, hosted the 2014 AFI Global Policy Forum in Trinidad and Tobago. The conference brought together practitioners, policymakers, and financial regulators to discuss innovative ways to increase access to and usage of financial services by the poor. On Wednesday, September 10th, Dean Karlan, academic lead for the Financial Inclusion Program (FIP), participated in a panel on current trends and future goals in financial inclusion.
Perth, Australia
August 28, 2014 - September 01, 2014

From 28 August to 1 September, 2014, Aishwarya Ratan, Director of the Financial Inclusion Program, participated in discussions involving policymakers and practitioners from around the world at the Responsible Finance Forum and the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) Forum in Perth, Australia. The focus of both events was on assessing how digital financial services can be made accessible to all poor households and the impact that digital financial inclusion can have on economic development.
Shanghai, China
August 04, 2014 - August 08, 2014

Beniamino Savonitto (Director, Citi IPA Financial Capability Research Fund at the Global Financial Inclusion Initiative, IPA) attended the 2014 Asia Microfinance Forum hosted by the Banking With the Poor Network (BWTP), Citi Foundation, the China Association of Microfinance (CAM), and the Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC).
Kigali, Rwanda
July 18, 2014

Aishwarya Ratan (Financial Inclusion Program Director, IPA) attended a conference on financial inclusion hosted by the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), the African Development Bank, the National Bank of Rwanda, and the World Bank to commemorate the National Bank of Rwanda’s fiftieth anniversary. The conference brought together key stakeholders in the region to discuss the importance of financial inclusion to alleviate poverty and promote healthy financial systems.
Kigali, Rwanda
July 18, 2014

On 18 July, 2014, the National Bank of Rwanda, in collaboration with the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), the African Development Bank, and the World Bank, held an international conference on financial inclusion to commemorate the National Bank of Rwanda’s 50th Anniversary. The conference brought together key stakeholders in the region to discuss the importance of financial inclusion to help alleviate poverty and promote healthy financial systems.
Washington D.C., United States
July 10, 2014

The Multilateral Investment Fund at the Inter-American Development Bank convened a working group to share insights on the role of remittances and savings in helping transnational households manage their finances.

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