Protecting the Poor Through Financial Innovation How New Technology Will Strengthen Government Safety Nets 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. Agenda 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 Regional 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 CARE @CARE Moderator Jamie Zimmerman Director, Global Assets Project New America Foundation http://www.newamerica.net/events/2012/protecting_the_poor
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