Tracking Progress Toward Financial Access

What the latest data from Kenya can tell us about the future of global financial inclusion

Kenya’s financial market has caught the world’s attention. The rise of mobile money in Kenya has become the interest of financial inclusion experts, the excitement of mobile network operators, and an opportunity for financial institutions to rethink their products and services. However, the data behind this transformation and the impact on financial inclusion efforts are often much less examined and understood.

On May 22nd, presenters from New America Foundation, the World Bank and Mix Market showcased the latest financial inclusion data from Kenya — collected, wrangled, and visualized — and examined what they tell us about the future of global financial inclusion efforts. All presentations are available in the toolbar on the right.

The event also launched the report "Savings for the Poor In Kenya" and a Kenya Financial Inclusion Data Page both products of the Savings for the Poor Innovation and Knowledge Network (SPINNAKER).

For those on Twitter looking for a recap, the event was live tweeted by @GlobalAssetsNAF using the hashtag #KenyaData2012.
 

Agenda

3:30 PM — The Role of Data in Understanding a Financial Inclusion Archetype

Welcome and Introduction
Jamie Zimmerman @GlobalAssetsNAF
Director, Global Assets Project
New America Foundation

Context of Kenya Financial Inclusion Landscape
Billy Jack
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Georgetown University

3:50 PM — Project Showcase      

Showcase 1: Global Findex
Leora Klapper @WorldBank
Lead Economist, Development Research Group
World Bank

Showcase 2: SPINNAKER Kenya financial sector data
Eric Tyler @Erict19
Program Associate, Global Assets Project
New America Foundation

Showcase 3: MIX Market Kenya map of financial inclusion
Scott Gaul @Mix_Market
Director of Analysis
Microfinance Information Exchange

4:20 PM — Panel Discussion

Panelists
Scott Gaul
Director of Analysis
Microfinance Information Exchange

Billy Jack
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Georgetown University

Leora Klapper
Lead Economist, Development Research Group
World Bank

Eric Tyler
Program Associate, Global Assets Project
New America Foundation

Moderator
Mireya Almazán @GatesFoundation
Program Officer, Financial Services for the Poor
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Closing Remarks
Jamie Zimmerman
Director, Global Assets Project
New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

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