WEBINAR: Youth Inclusive Finance in Times of Conflict: Lessons from Afghanistan and Colombia, July 19, 2016

Making Cents International and Chemonics International


Expanding access to finance is a challenging endeavor. Add in conflict and the obstacles can seem insurmountable.  Join Making Cents International and Chemonics International on a deep dive into two programs that are currently addressing those obstacles by focusing on mobile technologies, new opportunities for youth and women, and strong local partnerships. Arelis Gomez, Chief of Party of the USAID Colombia Rural Finance Initiative, and Omaid Deqati Rahimi, Banking Capacity Team Lead of the USAID Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan will share their respective program’s methodologies, best practices, and lessons learned for youth inclusive financial services programming when conflict and uncertainty loom. 

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Arelis Gomez
Chief of Party, USAID Colombia Rural Finance Initiative, Chemonics International
Arelis Gomez is a microfinance expert with more than 25 years of experience promoting financial inclusion. She has held over 100 overseas consulting assignments and worked with international donors including USAID, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development. As chief of party of the USAID Colombia Rural Finance Initiative, she spearheads the project’s mission to respond to decades of internal conflict and inequalities evident in Colombia’s rural regions by working to expand access to finance. Ms. Gomez holds master’s degrees in international development and economics from American University and Pedro Henriquez Ureña National University, respectively.

Omaid Deqati Rahimi
Banking Capacity Team Lead, USAID Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan, Chemonics International

Omaid Deqati Rahimi is a financial sector professional with over ten years of experience working in microfinance, MSMEs, Islamic finance, insurance, and agro-lending. For the past three years and a half, Mr. Rahimi has supported USAID’s Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA) project in various positions and recently as the Banking Capacity- Team Leader. In this position, he has led efforts in providing leadership and direction to FAIDA’s Banking Capacity Component, that has resulted to enhance and strengthen financial sector support Institutions and infrastructure including Banks, the Afghanistan Microfinance Association, Afghanistan Insurance Personnel Association and the Afghanistan Institute for Banking and Finance to provide training, monitoring, and/or advocacy efforts on behalf of the MSME sector in Afghanistan.


Tim Nourse
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.