Pakistan’s microfinance sector faces a crisis unlike anything it has experienced before. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens 7.3 million low-income Pakistani households that rely on microfinance institutions for access to capital and other financial services. With support from IPA’s Financial Inclusion Program, researchers Muhammad Meki, Farah Said, Timothy Ogden, and coauthors surveyed 1,000 microfinance clients in Pakistan’s Punjab, Sindh, and Kashmir regions one week after the country’s lockdown began.
This webinar, co-hosted with FinDev Gateway, will present results from the survey as well as interviews with the microfinance institutions that serve these clients, for a detailed picture of the impact of Pakistan’s lockdown on households and the industry overall.
As Pakistan now moves to reopen the economy, the following questions arise:
- How will borrowers fare and how will microfinance institutions recover?
- How does the experience of Pakistan’s microfinance sector compare to other countries?
- What lessons can we learn from Pakistan’s experience?
This webinar is part of IPA’s RECOVR Webinar Series: Bringing Evidence to COVID-19 Policy Responses in the Global South. Together with our partners, we are using this series to rapidly share what we are learning with the policy and research community to support evidence-informed response efforts. More information about other events in the series is available here.
Time: 9:30 AM EDT
Energy policy in Mexico is undergoing considerable changes under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Although Mexico’s government has not formally reversed the constitutional and legal changes passed in the 2013-2014 energy reforms, it has effectively stopped their implementation. Nearly all changes today disincentivize new investment in the renewable energy sector, weaken independent regulatory agencies, impede the growth of renewables, recentralize decision-making in the federal power utility and ultimately postpone the country’s climate and energy commitments. The likely result is that Mexico will fail in its international commitments and end up with a more costly, polluting and inefficient power sector that causes the country to lag far behind other countries in technology and investment in renewable energy sources. At this webinar, a panel of experts will examine setbacks in Mexico’s renewable energy policies and how the country can avoid falling further behind in a sector that may hold the key to a more livable planet.
Time: 12 PM – 1 PM EDT / 11:00 AM – 12 PM CDT