Exchanging Experiences, Expanding Opportunities

Partnerships for Financial Inclusion: A Catalyst for Inclusive Growth

Date/Time:
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 08:30 to Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 19:30

Financial inclusion and asset building are at the core of the agenda of the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Social Protection Network (OAS/IASPN), a cooperation mechanism established by OAS member states in 2009 for the exchange of information on successful experiences and knowledge on social protection in the Americas.

 

In partnership with the U.S. Department of State, the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund and New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE), OAS/IASPN is organizing a Partnerships for Financial Inclusion event in New York City on April 29-30, 2014 which will bring together Ministers and senior government officials from LAC, other key stakeholders, the financial services sector, and foundations to discuss a “way forward” for partnerships on financial inclusion in the region.

 

The Event will take place at the Millennium Broadway Hotel.

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The objectives of this conference are:

 

Share U.S. and LAC countries’ experiences and lessons learned on financial inclusion and asset-building programming;

 

Identify opportunities in financial inclusion programming in Latin America and the Caribbean; and

 

Engage financial services and foundation sectors to partner on addressing the needs and challenges of financial inclusion in the region.

 

The OAS/IASPN’s Partnerships for Financial Inclusion event will provide an opportunity for LAC governments to learn from the successful experiences of U.S. municipalities and other governments from the region that have built and grown financial empowerment programs, products and services. American cities have increasingly employed successful, large scale, financial empowerment strategies into their poverty fighting agenda, often integrating them directly into social service delivery streams. In showcasing some of these experiences, government officials will:

 

Gain insights on how to create an enabling framework to develop and implement financial inclusion and asset building programs;

 

Learn about different techniques and programs that are being studied or have been implemented and evaluated to help people transition from fringe markets to the financial mainstream including behavioral economics techniques used to encourage participation;

 

Discuss collaborative mechanisms and coalition building in support of sharing knowledge, expertise and lessons learned on financial inclusion and asset-building programs.

Presentations
Benefits of Financial Inclusion & Asset Building Programming
U.S. Experience on Financial Inclusion and Asset Building Programming – Part I Local Government Initiatives
Latin American and Caribbean Experience on Financial Inclusion and Asset Building Programming – Part II
News
News:

Minister of Social Development Frederick Stephenson will represent St. Vincent and the Grenadines at a high level forum to take place in New York next week.

Blog(s):

The issue of financial inclusion has become part of the discussion on promotion and social protection in the Americas in recent years.

Resources
Registration
Registration message:
Participation to this event is by invitation only. Please contact us at socialprotection@oas.org for more information.
United States of America
OAS
Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment