Conference photoThis conference brings together the institute's seventh-year award recipients who will present their preliminary findings. As more and more philanthropic, industry, and development actors ask whether mobile technology can help provide access to needed financial services like savings and money transfer, these projects look to the experience on the ground of existing, traditional money systems and financial practices, as well as the potential and real impact of new technology in providing access to finance for the world's poor.

20 April, 2016 - 21 April 2016. UC Irvine Student Center - Pacific Ballroom

Preview IMTFI's awarded research projects 2015-2016




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

Link to Blog Post Summary of opening remarks and session 1 by Liz Losh

10:30-11:00am  Break

11:00am-12:30pm  Session 2: Ecologies in Crisis: Transferring, Converting and Marketing Value in Unstable Times, Discussant: Rosa Akbari, International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Link to Blog Post Summary of session 2 by Liz Losh 

12:30-2:00pm  Lunch (provided with registration)

2:00-3:30pm  Session 3: Accessories to Technology: Mobile Financial Services, Risk and Insurance, Discussant: Ananya Roy, UCLA Luskin

Link to Blog Post Summary of session 3 by Liz Losh

3:30-4:00pm  Break

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

Link to Blog Post Summary of IMTFI's Alumni panel by Liz Losh

5:30-7:00pm  Wine reception with dinner (provided with registration)


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)

Link to Blog Post Summary of session 4 by Liz Losh

10:30-11:00am  Break

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

Link to Blog Post Summary of session 5 by Liz Losh

12:30-2:00pm  Lunch (provided with registration)

2:00-3:30pm  Session 6: Up(S)takes of New Financial Tools and Technologies, Discussant: Sonia Arenaza, Better Than Cash Alliance, UNCDF

Link to Blog Post Summary of session 6 by Liz Losh

3:30-4:00pm  Break

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

Link to Summary of Keynote Address and Closing Remarks, Blog Post by Liz Losh

Day 3: Friday, April 22

9:00am-12:00pm Methods and Research Design: IMTFI Fellows Workshop (Closed-door; by invitation only)

Lead by Ursula Dalinghaus & Mrinalini Tankha (IMTFI/UC Irvine)




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