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What Works To Empower Women Economically: New Findings and a Policy Conversation

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm


James M. Jones, ExxonMobil Foundation
Bill Costello, Embassy of Australia


Louise Fox, Chief Economist, US Agency for International Development
Markus Goldstein, Lead Economist, World Bank
Hillary Johnson, Economist, World Bank
Jon Kurtz, Senior Director of Research and Learning, Mercy Corps
Joao Montalvao, Development Economist, World Bank


Mayra Buvinic, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Mobile savings can reduce the transaction costs for women business owners, allow women to more safely account for their money, and help women develop more agency in their households.

Please join us at this event where we will present and discuss the findings from the scientific evaluations of two complementary projects: 1) providing access to mobile savings and 2) business training to women micro and small business owners in Indonesia and Tanzania. The presentation will be followed by a policy conversation on the implications of these and similar recent findings for policies and programs that seek to empower women economically.

An informal lunch will be offered at 12:30 pm.

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