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This conference brings together the institute's sixth-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.

10 December, 2014 - 11 December, 2014. UC Irvine Student Center - Pacific Ballroom D

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VIDEO OF SESSIONS on YouTube, click on titles below for available presentations.

Day 1: Wednesday, December 10 

8:15-8:30am  Check-in and Registration

8:45am  Welcome and Introductions by Director Bill Maurer

9:00–10:30am  Session 1: The Interface between Tradition and Technology
                      Discussant: Olufunmilayo B. Arewa, UC Irvine School of Law

Olufunmilayo B. Arewa, UC Irvine

• “Storing and Transferring Money in a Cash-Strapped Fishing Municipality in the Bicol Region” (Philippines) by Bernadette M. Gavino-Gumba, Ateneo de Naga University

• “When the Dead Decide: An Investigation into the Influence of the Ancestors in the Decision to Use Mobile Technology in a Rural Community in Northern Ghana” (Ghana) by Francis Niagia Santuah, University for Development Studies and Martin Alichimah, Roots and Futures

• “Mobile Money and the Coming of Age in Western Kenya” (Kenya) by Sibel Kusimba, American University

10:30-11:00am  Break

11:00am-12:30pm  Session 2: Re-Imagining Money and Identity in Rural Contexts
                               Discussant: Amol Jadhav, GSMA mAgri

• “Pastoral Adaptation to Market Opportunities and Changing Gender Roles Among Afar in Ethiopia: Aspects, Trends, and Prospects” (Ethiopia) by Uthman Hassen, Adama Science and Technology University

• “Reimagining Rurality in Mobile Money Times: Life, Identity, and Community” (Uganda) by Prince Karakire Guma, Center for Basic Research

• “Hand Held Wealth? Mobile Money and Food Production in Rural Potosi” (Bolivia) by Maria Isabel Balderrama , CIDES-UMSA and Oscar Gerdy Rocabado, CIDES-UMSA

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

2:00-3:30pm  Session 3: Gender in MM and Financial Practices
                         Discussant: Rebecca Mann, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

• “Mobile Money, Social Capital, and Financial Behavior of Women’s Cooperatives in Rural Nigeria” (Nigeria) by Onyima Jude Kenechi, Nnamdi Azikiwe University and Onugu Charles UchennaNnamdi Azikiwe University

• “Assessing the Impact of Financial Knowledge on Adoption of Mobile Payment Systems among Enterprise Owners in Dharavi, Mumbai” (India) by Mudita Tiwari, IFMR and Deepti KC, IFMR 

• “Women, Monetary Practices, and Technological Innovations” (Côte d'Ivoire) by Kone Nara Kanugui Idriss, ENSEA

3:30-4:00pm  Break

4:00-5:30pm  Session 4: Experimentation and Innovation: Tools and Solutions for Specialized Populations
                       Discussant: Scott Mainwaring, Social Computing and Digital Money Researcher

• “Risk Preferences, Time Preferences, and Willingness-to-Pay with Mobile Money versus Cash in Bangladesh” (Bangladesh) by Jonathan Morduch, NYU and Jean Lee, NYU

• “The Formal Disguise: Financial Inclusion Among Flexible Workers and the Self-Employed” (Colombia) by Ana Echeverry, Inspira Lab and Coppelia Herran, Inspira Lab

• “Mobile Money Financial Literacy via Television Comedy” (Cambodia) by Andrew Crawford, Monash University

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


Day 2: Thursday, December 11

8:30am  Check-in and Registration

9:00-10:30am  Session 5: “G2P or G&P”: Governments, Payments, and Publics 

Discussant: Jing Gusto, Mercy Corps   

• “The Physical and Electronic Payment Interface and its Influence on Consumer Payment Choices and Informal/Fraudulent Practices: A Case Study of the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) Uganda” (Uganda) by Howard Tugume, Benda Associates Ltd

• “Delivering Conditional Cash Transfers via Savings Accounts: Default and Mental Accounting Mechanisms” (Mexico) by Carlos Chiapa, El Colegio de México and Silva Prina, Case Western Reserve University

• “The New Financial Architecture in Ecuador: Public Regulatory and Sociopolitical Contexts for Payment Systems” by Javier Felix, Renafipse and Monica Pozo, SENPLADES

10:30-11:00am  Break

11:00am-12:30pm  Session 6: Making Money Mobile: Remittances and Transnational Financial Practices
                               Discussant: Allison Truitt, Tulane University

• “Mobile Money and Financial Inclusion in Mali: What has been the Impact on Saving Practices?” (Mali) by Mariam Sangare, CESSMA

• “Does Financial Inclusion Spur Overseas Filipinos to Invest? A Remittance Investment Climate (ReIC) Study in a Rural Hometown” (Philippines) by Jeremiah M. Opiniano, IMDI and Alvin P. Ang, Ateneo de Manila University

• “Juggling Currencies in Trans-Border Contexts: Mexico/US” (Mexico/US) by Magdalena Villareal, CIESAS Joshua Greene, CIESAS and Lya Niño, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California

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

2:00-3:30pm  Session 7: Research Applications: Putting Knowledge to Work
                      Discussant: Michael Joyce, TNP2K (Indonesian National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction)

• “Effectiveness and Challenges of Using Mobile Money Service in the Implementation of the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment Programme: A Case of Kiboga District in Uganda” (Uganda) by Julius Okello, AISRGD and Dorothy Massa, AISRGD 

• “Paying Conditional Cash Transfer Programs in Bank Accounts” (Mexico) by Enrique Seira, ITAM-QFD

The Use and Impact of M-Shwari as a Financial Banking Product in Urban and Rural Areas of Kenya” (Kenya) by Jane Mutinda, Kenyatta University and Ndunge Kitii, Houghton College

3:30-4:00pm  Break

4:00-5:00pm  Closing Remarks


Day 3: Friday, December 12

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

Lead by Mrinalini Tankha (IMTFI/UC Irvine), Smoki Musaraj (Ohio University), and Ivan Small (Central Connecticut State University)




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