"Microfinance in the Midst of Conflict: A Report from the Middle East""Microfinance in the Midst of Conflict: A Report from the Middle East"http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/196812KINSC Sharpless Auditorium2012-04-05T18:00:002012-04-05T19:00:00
April 5, 6:00PM–7:00PM
KINSC Sharpless Auditorium
A talk by Judith Brandsma
The Haverford Microfinance and Impact Investing Initiative (MI3) is pleased to welcome Judith Brandsma to campus to speak on her spearheading work to increase financial access in the Middle East. Judith is a former senior staff member of the World Bank/IFC where she put microfinance 'on the map' with a series of bi-annual stocktaking surveys on the state of microfinance. Her efforts in the region have focused on:
- working with existing banks and microfinance institutions to enhance the provision of financial services to the poor (all MENA countries);
- establishing new financial institutions in countries where existing providers were not able/willing to increase financial access on a larger scale (Palestine, Yemen, Jordan, Syria); and
- redesigning the legal and regulatory environment in those countries where the legal framework was an obstacle (Syria, Yemen).
She is currently working on a mobile bank in Egypt and a G2P payment system in Yemen. Her talk, "Microfinance in the Midst of Conflict: A Report from the Middle East" will discuss how the various institutions and the people they serve have been responding to the challenges and opportunities presented by the recent events in the region. Judith studied economics at Erasmus University and earned her MBA at INSEAD.
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Economics and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship.
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