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Financial Services for the Poor: Lessons and Implications of the Latest Research on Credit
February 27, 2015World Bank - Preston Auditorium

Impact of microcredit, implications for policy and practice, and identifying directions for future innovation and research

CGAP, IPA, J-PAL, and The World Bank held a day-long event on February 27 to present the latest evidence on the impact of microcredit, discuss implications of the results for policy and practice, and identify directions for future innovation and research.

The event began with a discussion of findings from six randomized evaluations, conducted in six different countries, followed by panel discussions with investors, donors, and service providers addressing the implications of these results for the industry. Panelists also explored promising innovations in product design and delivery channels that could expand the reach of financial services for the poor and improve their impact.

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    Orazio Attanasio

    Professor of Economics, University College London
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    Abhijit Banerjee

    Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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    Bertrand Badré

    Managing Director and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer
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    Esther Duflo

    Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics, MIT & Founder and Director, J-PAL
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    Dean Karlan

    Professor of Economics, Yale University
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    Costas Meghir

    Douglas A. Warner III Professor of Economics, Yale University
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    Martin Holtmann

    Chief Microfinance Specialist, IFC
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    Gerhard Coetzee

    Senior Financial Sector Specialist, CGAP
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    Stella Dawson

    Chief Correspondent, Governance and Anti-Corruption, Thomson Reuters Foundation
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    Greg Chen

    Senior Financial Sector Specialist, CGAP
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    Xavier Gine

    Lead Economist, Development Research Group
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    Kate McKee

    Senior Adviser, CGAP
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    Peer Stein

    Director, Finance and Markets Global Practice, World Bank
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    Jaikishan Desai

    Senior Lecturer and Director of International Students, Victoria University of Wellington
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    Manfried Kuhn

    CEO and Managing Director, Equity Bank