Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Join us! Register for the INSIGHT & IMPACT - IMTFI Conference April 20-21, 2016

IMTFI is excited to bring this cohort of researchers to UC Irvine to present their preliminary findings looking at the experiences on the ground of existing, traditional money systems and financial practices, as well as the potential and real impact of new technologies in providing access to finance for the world's poor.

We are welcoming scholars worldwide ranging from Burkino Faso, Pakistan, Philippines, and Zimbabwe as well as moderators and attendees from the philanthropic, industry, and policy-making sectors -- view full selection below.

Eventbrite - Insight & Impact - IMTFI Annual Conference 2016                                                         

Day 1: Wednesday, April 20
8:15am  Check-in and Registration
8:45am  Welcome and Introductions by Director Bill Maurer
9:00–10:30am  Session 1: The Sharing Economy? Women and Girls and their Ties and Tensions, Discussant: Erin McDonald, Women's World Banking
Olufunmilayo B. Arewa, UC Irvine
11:00am-12:30pm  Session 2: Ecologies in Crisis: Transferring, Converting and Marketing Value in Unstable Times, Discussant: Rosa Akbari, International Rescue Committee (IRC)
2:00-3:30pm  Session 3: Accessories to Technology: Mobile Financial Services, Risk and Insurance, Discussant: Ananya Roy, UCLA Luskin
4:00-5:30pm IMTFI's X Factor: Applying and Translating Innovative Research - Alumni Panel, Discussant: Divine Fuh, University of Cape Town
  • "How Research Can Make a Difference Locally: The Case of Overseas Remittances in the Philippines" by Jeremaiah Opiniano
  • "Translating Research into Product Design:  Interactive and Innovative Financial Education Modules to Improve the Financial Behavior of Targeted Populations in India" by Deepti KC
  • "Juggling Currencies in Transborder Contexts: Mexico/US" by Magdalena Villareal

Day 2: Thursday, April 21
8:30am  Check-in and Registration
9:00-10:30am  Session 4: In _____We Trust: The Contingencies of Social and Financial Protection, Discussant: Kate McKee, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)
11:00am-12:30pm  Session 5: Small Size Big Impact? Management of Financial Opportunities and Constraints by Micro-entrepreneurs and Small Merchants, Discussant: Olumide Abimbola, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
2:00-3:30pm  Session 6: Up(S)takes of New Financial Tools and Technologies, Discussant: Sonia Arenaza, Better Than Cash Alliance, UNCDF
4:00-4:30 Keynote Address - "Buckle up! An Eclectic Journey of Mobile Money in Kenya (and Beyond) - Insights & Impacts of Research"
                 by Ndunge Kiiti, Visiting Professor, CIIFAD, Cornell University

4:30-5:00pm  Closing Remarks - Director Bill Maurer

Preview IMTFI's awarded research projects 2015-2016                    

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