FinNet– the flagship annual knowledge sharing event of IFC’s Access to Finance Advisory focuses on bridging the knowledge gap around access to finance issues and sharing lessons learned on creating more inclusive financial systems.
This year’s event convened staff, donors, clients and partners to discuss newly emerging trends and issues to increase the availability and affordability of financial services around the world in areas such as SME finance, technology-based delivery channels, mobile banking, green growth, gender finance and many others. Among several distinguished speakers was Dr. Hans Rosling, co-founder and edutrainer at Gapminder Foundation and a world-renowned expert of visual analytics.
Day 1, February 19, 2013
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Keynote Presentation – Hans Rosling
Debunking Common Myths in Measuring Development
Dr. Hans Rosling offers evidence-based, demystifying insights about the state of world development using a unique tool to analyze past and current development data.
The Gaps in Financial Inclusion: Progress, Results, New Directions
This session covers how the World Bank Group measures financial inclusion, including which measures and results are a cause for optimism, and which demand new directions and more scalable solutions.
Behavioral Economics: New Perspectives for Financial Inclusion
Leading thinkers in behavioral economics offer insights into the essential psychological traits and attributes of a successful entrepreneur.
Day 2, February 20, 2013
Questioning Business as Usual to Achieve Greater Financial Inclusion
This session convenes a diverse set of leaders of private sector institutions to showcase the innovative ways their businesses operate in order to achieve impact and scale in this evolving space.
Job Creation: A Pathway Out of Poverty
IFC presents the key findings of a new study on job creation by the private sector and takes questions from the audience.
Creating Climate-smart Business Opportunities for a Green Economy in Emerging Markets
This session discusses how development institutions, working with local financial institutions, can unlock the untapped potential of climate-smart investments in emerging markets by increasing sustainable investment opportunities.