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A Multi-Generational Approach to Global Poverty Alleviation

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:00am

In a global context in which adolescents and youth consistently capture policymakers’ attention as potentially politically and economically problematic, global advocates urge countries to view the life-stages of adolescence and youth—and large youth cohorts in the developing world—as an economic and social opportunity.  Financial inclusion, and particularly access to savings, has been suggested as one tool that can support adolescents and youth in successfully navigating the transition to adulthood in the developing world. 

Tech for Social Good

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 3:00pm

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs's 2012 TechWomen international exchange participants held this interactive discussion on Tuesday, October 9.  The 41 TechWomen and their 60 professional and cultural mentors engaged representatives from non-profits and multilateral organizations on innovative uses of technology for development.  


Youth and Their Money

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 2:00pm

A third of the global population today is under the age of 19, with 90 percent of these young people living in developing countries and 45 percent living on less than $2 a day. More than ever, young people need the tools to manage their financial lives and, especially,  accumulate savings -- opening up economic opportunities and impacting their attitudes and behaviors over the course of their lives.

Protecting the Poor Through Financial Innovation

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 3:30pm

It's a tough time in the fight against poverty. Governments are enacting wide-ranging austerity measures to avoid massive bailouts, at a time when strong social safety nets are needed to cushion the impact of economic crisis on the most vulnerable.
With a growing consensus that financial inclusion and asset building can help reduce poverty, along with cost-saving breakthroughs in payment technologies such as mobiles and biometric IDs, the potential of financial innovation to cost-effectively enhance the impact of social protection is increasingly hard to ignore.

Tracking Progress Toward Financial Access

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 3:30pm

Kenya’s financial market has caught the world’s attention. The rise of mobile money in Kenya has become the interest of financial inclusion experts, the excitement of mobile network operators, and an opportunity for financial institutions to rethink their products and services. However, the data behind this transformation and the impact on financial inclusion efforts are often much less examined and understood.

Mobile Disconnect: Can Mobile Solutions Really Combat Global Poverty?

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 3:30pm

Presented in partnership by the New America Foundation's Global Assets Project and Open Technology Initiative 

Mobile connectivity is the critical infrastructure of the information age and, as the Arab Spring has exemplified, a solid foundation for a more empowered, connected, and inclusive society. Nearly 6 billion mobile-cellular subscriptions exist worldwide, and mobile penetration has reached 87 percent globally, according to the International Telecommunications Union.

SPINNAKER - FSD Industry Workshop

Friday, November 18, 2011 - 9:00am

On November 18th in Nairobi, Kenya, FSD Kenya and the New America Foundation held a half-day industry workshop to discuss innovations in access and development of savings in Kenya. The event was attended by practitioners, donors, researchers and networks working in the field of financial services or financial inclusion in Kenya.

Transforming Intentions into Behaviors

Monday, June 27, 2011 - 12:30pm

Co-sponsored by the New America Foundation and Innovations for Poverty Action

The Case for Youth Savings

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 3:30pm

Are savings accounts a viable tool to spur development and financial inclusion for one of the world’s most vulnerable populations, low-income youth?  In May 2010, Save the Children, the Center for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University in St Louis, the New America Foundation, and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) launched the YouthSave Project in order to explore this very question.

Savings & CCTs: The Next Generation of Anti-Poverty Programs?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 12:00pm

On Tuesday, May 3, the Global Assets Project at the New America Foundation hosted a discussion on how savings-linked conditional cash transfers (SLCCTs) might be the next promising anti-poverty tool. Conditional cash transfers (CCTs) direct funds toward qualified households or individuals if they fulfill certain requirements like visiting health clinics or making sure their children attend school regularly. By linking CCTs to savings accounts, governments can offer a path to savings and financial inclusion to the poor and help break the inter-generational cycles of poverty.

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