Antalya, Turkey
September 07, 2015 - September 09, 2015

The advent of digital finance has brought with it the opportunity to include those without full access to formal financial services. However, increased access to and use of digital financial services, for all its benefits, does not come without risks, which are crucial to address if financial services are to enhance consumer well-being.
Signing of the Vision 2030 MOU with the Kenyan government
Nairobi, Kenya
June 09, 2015

IPA Kenya signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kenyan Government’s Vision 2030 Program. Vision 2030 is an initiative of the Kenyan government that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country by 2030 through economic, social, and political development.
Barranquilla, Colombia
April 29, 2015

Sebastian Chaskel (Country Representative, IPA Colombia), Maya Marquez (Research Associate, IPA Colombia), and Anna Segura (Research Associate, IPA Colombia) presented on IPA's research methodology, findings from research on financial inclusion, and the Flexible Credit project to researchers of the Fundación Para el Desarrollo del Caribe (Fundesarrollo), a local think tank based in Barranquilla.  
Washington, United States
February 27, 2015

On February 27, CGAP, IPA, J-PAL, and The World Bank hosted a day-long event that presented the latest evidence on the impact of microcredit, discussed the implications for policy and practice, and identified directions for future innovation and research.  
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.
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.