From Good Practice to Policy Innovation: Moving the Needle on Youth Financial Capability, Sep 2016

Save the Children, New America Foundation

Financial inclusion and youth development practitioners are constantly challenged to scale the lessons from their work through policy change. This often involves an interplay between local, regional and national government, and is not necessarily straightforward or unidirectional. This session will explore how youth financial inclusion/education initiatives in Vietnam, India, and the US used project results to effect policy change at various levels of government. The session is designed to provide practitioners with a better understanding of how to translate project learnings into effective advocacy through an understanding of the often complex, opportunistic, and multilayered nature of the policy change process.

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PRESENTATION:Digital Finance: Unlocking New Trends in Technology to Include Youth, Sep 2016

Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), Bankable Frontier Associates, Entrepreneurial Finance Lab (EFL Global)

Three trends in technology are revolutionizing finance and in particular our ability to include youth in the formal financial sector.  They are: Mobility – or the ability to remain connected wherever we are; Ubiquity – where we all have access to high powered tools (software) and Big Data – where number crunching programs enable analysis at an unprecedented scale.  Learn from representatives of leading financial inclusion programs on how they are using these three trends to lower costs, improve analytical ability, and raise funds from new areas – all to promote access to finance for youth in the US and overseas.

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PRESENTATION: Sustainable Youth Financial Inclusion: Whose Responsibility Is It? Sep 2016

National Microfinance Bank-Tanzania, Women's World Banking

Who should be responsible for ensuring the financial inclusion of youth in the long term? Is it the private sector, public sector, or a combination of both? In this session, Women’s World Banking, the National Microfinance Bank in Tanzania and Xac Bank Mongolia will share their perspectives and experiences in developing robust, double bottom line youth savings and financial capability programs where banks have also collaborated closely with their governments in order to further advance the financial inclusion agenda. Come learn about their approaches, see what aspects of these models are replicable, and share your own perspectives!

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PRESENTATION: Credit for Youth = Hard; Credit for Youth in Conflict or Remote Areas = (Im)possible? Sep 2016

Al Majmoua, Chemonics International, Making Cents International

Providing credit for youth is difficult in most contexts due to their relatively smaller amount of experience and access to markets.  However, in many operating environments, additional challenges of rurality, conflict, and migration are also present, making the sustainable provision of credit and savings services more difficult still.  Hear three youth-inclusive financial service providers discuss the techniques they’ve used to successfully serve youth in the challenging environments of Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan.

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Guide: Gateway Guide to Youth Financial Inclusion, Oct 2016

Microfinance Gateway

Youth everywhere face challenges as they transition into adulthood, and for youth in developing countries, these challenges can be even more intense. Access to financial services can help them smooth this transition and yet youth are often excluded from financial services, either by policy or prejudice. As youth mature and become heads of their households, they will need access to and a working knowledge of financial services to enable them to be productive members of their societies.

REPORT: The 2016 Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project Report, August 2016

Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings

Evaluating progress toward adoption of affordable formal financial services matters because financial inclusion is a key ingredient in promoting household well-being and broader economic development.1 The first annual FDIP report and scorecard, published in August 2015, addressed fundamental questions regarding ways to advance inclusive finance, including 1) Do country commitments make a difference in progress toward financial inclusion? 2) To what extent do mobile and other digital technologies advance financial inclusion? and 3) What legal, policy, and regulatory approaches promote financial inclusion? 

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BLOG: The Future of Work for Youth in Africa, July 2016


African countries are experiencing the issue in varying degrees. Education and infrastructure problems are often cited. However, members of Future Forward, a network of leading social entrepreneurs, youth-serving professionals, and youth changemakers across Africa, have pinpointed a key — and often ignored — challenge: young people in Africa lack the opportunity to become authentic leaders.In other words, young people don’t have many options when it comes to leadership opportunities, in part due to mindsets around the capabilities of youth. 

BLOG: A Phone of Her Own: How Mobile Access Can Change Women’s Lives, March 2016

World Bank

Mobile phone ownership gives women the ability to open a mobile phone-based bank account, an important gateway to financial independence. A private account gives women in developing nations control over their money as well as the ability to put food on the family table.  A mobile phone also gives women the ability to open a business in a remote village, without having to trek to a distant city to register that business. And, with a phone, women in developing countries can more easily schedule a clinic appointment or register their children for school.

CONFERENCE: 19th Annual Microfinance Centre Conference, June 22-24, 2016

Microfinance Centre (MFC)
Jun 22, 2016 (All day) to Jun 24, 2016 (All day)

The over-arching conference theme considers the space that microfinance could occupy, if it fully embraces new technology, and the detachment it will suffer if it does not. This conference will be a key platform to debate the trade-offs, make the case for digital innovations, and critically examine what aspects of traditional service delivery need to be preserved. Importantly, it will be done by putting the experience of real institutions under the microscope.

BLOG: The Rich Live Longer Everywhere, April 2016

The New York Times

Where kids grow up affects lifelong prospects: adults with the lowest incomes die on average as young as people in much poorer nations like Rwanda, and their life spans are getting shorter. The gap in life spans between rich and poor widened from 2001 to 2014. The top 1 percent in income among American men live 15 years longer than the poorest 1 percent; for women, the gap is 10 years. These rich Americans have gained three years of longevity just in this century. They live longer almost without regard to where they live. Poor Americans had very little gain as a whole, with big differences among different places.