Making Cents and RTI International are pleased to announce an in-person and webinar event on January 11, 2017 that will bring together financial inclusion and youth experts to discuss the key issues related to scaling rural and youth-inclusive financial services. The panel will highlight digital and practical innovations that have the potential to financially include rural populations and especially youth, but also the challenges of applying them to this hard-to-reach group. Panelists will draw from discussions at the recent USAID-sponsored Financial Inclusion Forum, results from a 6-part rural youth learning series developed by Making Cents and IFAD, promising practices from USAID's K-YES project in Kenya, and other initiatives focusing on rural youth financial service provision. Join us for a discussion about how these trends are bringing rural youth financial inclusion into sight, but perhaps still an innovation away
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am (8:30-9:00 am networking and coffee for in-person attendees)
In-person Attendance: RTI International, 701 13th Street NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC
Online Attendance: https://youthpower.adobeconnect.com/ruralyouthwebinar/
Register for in-person and online attendance here
Digital Finance Advisor, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID
Paul Nelson provides technical expertise to the team's market engagement and private sector investment portfolio, where he shapes USAID-funded financial inclusion activities in priority countries and has developed the Digital Finance Team’s approach for collaborating with donor partners and private sector actors to overcome barriers to growth for inclusive financial services. Paul also serves as grant manager for multiple awards, including the Better Than Cash Alliance, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, and a project to strengthen digital finance agent networks in West Africa. Before joining USAID, Paul served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua, focused on community banking and entrepreneurship, and he co-founded a (dearly departed) start-up tied to architecture and design professionals. He continues to provide advice to siblings with their own start-ups. A licensed attorney, he focused on entrepreneurship (M&A) and regulatory law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and has undergraduate degrees in economics and architecture from the University of Minnesota.
President, Making Cents International
Tim has focused most of his 20-year career on the financial and economic inclusion of vulnerable and underserved populations. He has managed microfinance institutions and country-wide inclusive finance programs; designed economic recovery programs for refugees and IDPs; and developed economic inclusion programs for youth, women, and smallholder farmers. At Making Cents, Tim serves as President, managing Making Cents' overall operations and implementing the company-wide strategic plan. Beyond international development, Tim is part of the local food movement, supporting the growth of his family’s 300-year old farm in Massachusetts.
Senior Workforce and Youth Economic Opportunity Development Specialist, RTI International
Former Deputy CEO, FINCA Microfinance Bank (Nigeria); current Senior New Business Development Officer, FINCA International
Alison Boess has a decade of experience in planning, strategy and management of financial services for marginalized communities, especially in Africa. Alison first joined FINCA in 2007, working with the Executive Office at FINCA’s headquarters in DC. In 2008, Alison went on to Kampala, Uganda to support FINCA Africa’s operations as the region introduced new products, began agency and mobile banking, and doubled its client outreach. Beginning in 2012, Alison led assessment and strategy for FINCA’s microfinance start-up in Nigeria. Next as Deputy CEO for FINCA Nigeria, Alison was responsible for multiple aspects of the operation, including product design, delivery and marketing. In her current role with FINCA, Alison focuses on building long-term philanthropic partnerships with corporations and foundations to advance FINCA’s mission at a global level. Prior to her work with FINCA, Alison’s career focused on public policy and advancement of non-profit organizations in Arizona. Alison earned her B.A. in International Studies at Pepperdine University in California.