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The topic of the debate will of course be...well that's for you to decide. The organizers are gathering questions from the public. You can submit one here. Also, the questions are supposed to be under the heading of "moving financial inclusion beyond microfinance."
As an econometrician, which I sometimes am, I would say this debate is overidentified. The heading gives it one focus. The pairing of the protagonists gives it another, on the impacts of microfinance. (Presumably we are brought together because we disagree on certain things, and that's what we seem to disagree on.) Your questions may give it a third focus.
For a potential preview, see this post, including the comments from Milford [update: or see the comments below].
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Recently CGD hosted the Second Annual Birdsall House Conference on Women, which focused on beyond-aid approaches for women’s economic empowerment, with particular emphasis on private sector engagement. CGD experts have written about how international organizations and national agencies should examine and correct gender biases in the design and delivery of their strategies for financial inclusion. But while public sector interventions are crucial for promoting women’s economic empowerment, the panelists pointed out that the private sector is in many ways better equipped to provide opportunities for women to grow their businesses, investments, and incomes. Here’s our takeaway.
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