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Protecting the Poor Through Financial Innovation

How New Technology Will Strengthen Government Safety Nets
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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.

Join the Global Assets Project, with the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), for the launch of our Global Savings and Social Protection Website, as well as to discuss the greatest opportunities for promoting savings-linked social protection and payments around the globe.

We will be streaming a live webcast of the event on this page.  You do not need to RSVP to watch the webcast.

Review this event's Twitter dialog using the hashtag #GSSP, and follow @GlobalAssetsNAF for updates throughout the event.


Introduction — 3:30-3:40 PM
Jamie Zimmerman
Director, Global Assets Project
New America Foundation

Demo of the Global Savings and Social Protection Website— 3:40-4:00 PM
Vishnu Sridharan 
Program Associate, Global Assets Project
New America Foundation

Panel Discussion— 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Promoting Financial Inclusion Via Social Protection Payments
Sarah Rotman
Financial Sector Specialist
Consultative Group to Assist the Poor @CGAP

The Private Sector's Perspective
Jorge Rubio Nava
Director for Microfinance
Citibank @citi

Financial Inclusion in Fragile Environments
Sahba Sobhani
Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative
United Nations Development Programme @UNDP

Promoting Savings On the Ground
Dorcas Robinson
Director for Food Security

Jamie Zimmerman
Director, Global Assets Project
New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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