New digital technologies have the potential to revolutionise how governments raise and spend public money. By transforming how governments collect, process and act on information, digitalisation can expand and reshape fiscal policymaking, allowing them to operate better and, in the future, design policy in new and more effective ways.
Yet adopting new technologies also raises risks and challenges. Countries that seek to benefit from the digital revolution need to navigate institutional and capacity constraints. Privacy and cybersecurity concerns also call for greater international cooperation and regulation as information increasingly travels across borders.
The launch of the IMF’s new book on Digital Revolutions in Public Finance offers a timely opportunity to debate these fundamental questions and explore solutions to these challenges. The publication, a collaboration between the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, offers the first detailed assessment of the impact of digital technology on fiscal policy.
An excerpt of the IMF’s new book is now available online. Electronic copies of the full publication will be available in early November.
The event is followed by a networking reception.
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WDI welcomes Maria Cavalcanti, president and CEO of Pro Mujer – a nonprofit finance organization that has disbursed more than $3 billion in loans to mainly women-owned enterprises in Latin America – to its Global Impact Speaker Series at the University of Michigan.
Cavalcanti will discuss Pro Mujer’s business model, which is centered on gender equity, and take questions from attendees beginning at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 15 in room 1560 of Blau Hall at the Ross School of Business. The event is free and open to the public.
Pro Mujer was founded by Lynne Patterson and Carmen Velasco in Bolivia in 1990 to use microloans to support women-owned businesses. Today, the organization works with entrepreneurs in that country as well as Argentina, México, Nicaragua and Peru. In 2015 alone, Pro Mujer reported providing $330 million in loans to more than 250,000 clients. Operating mainly in urban areas and regions just outside major cities, Pro Mujer also provides direct and indirect health care services through a series of centers and clinics. Services include non-communicable disease detection, dental care and ultrasound diagnostics.
In early 2016, Cavalcanti was named president and CEO of Pro Mujer. She has ambitious plans to expand the organization.
“As we look ahead, we are focused on amplifying our services and expanding our footprint,” Cavalcanti said in an interview with NextBillion.net, WDI’s affiliated media site focused on business solutions in low- and middle-income economies. “By leveraging partnerships and technology, we are building Pro Mujer as a platform capable of serving millions at a time; a one-stop shop for empowerment for women in the region.”
Cavalcanti holds an MBA from the University of Texas in Austin, a master of science in Information Science from Columbia University in New York, and a bachelor of arts from Universidade Federal do Ceará in Brazil. She is based in New York City, where Pro Mujer is headquartered.
Fake News, distrust in journalism, and misinformation are some of the trending topics of 2017. What do they mean? Why is the current state of media at an inflexion point? What are the consequences of today’s contemporary media challenges? And how are social entrepreneurs solving them?
Laxmi Parthasarathy, Director of Global Media Partnerships at Ashoka, will discuss her research on the intersection of social entrepreneurship and media innovation in building more informed and civically engaged communities. Laxmi’s talk is sponsored by the Center for Social Impact’s Social Innovation Series and Net Impact@Ross Undergraduate Club.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates that everyone has a right to health. Yet today, 400 million people lack access to essential health services. Thirty years ago, that number was much higher; in recognition of this inequity, Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Ophelia Dahl, Todd McCormack, and Tom White founded the nonprofit organization Partners In Health to bring high-quality health care to the rural poor in Haiti.
The documentary Bending the Arc chronicles the progress and dedication of the organization—which now works in 10 countries around the world—in tackling entrenched diseases, global epidemics, and skepticism among the global community and its institutions. Please join the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Abbott in hosting Dr. Paul Farmer for a screening of Bending the Arc, followed by a discussion about today’s global health challenges, and the importance of public-private partnerships.
Bookshop Santa Cruz and the UC Santa Cruz Blum Center are thrilled to announce Nobel Peace Prize-winner Professor Muhammad Yunus coming to Santa Cruz for a free event at UCSC on Tuesday, October 10th at 7 pm to celebrate the release of his new book, A WORLD OF THREE ZEROS.
Professor Yunus will speak at the College 9/10 Multipurpose Room on his vision of an emerging new economic system that can save humankind and the planet. This event will be free and open to the public, but attendees can reserve their priority spot for the book signing by preordering a copy of A WORLD OF THREE ZEROS from Bookshop Santa Cruz.
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2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and Chairman of Yunus Centre, joins ODI in conversation on what it would take to end inequality, massive unemployment, and environmental destruction, and explores the legal and regulatory changes needed to jumpstart the next wave of socially driven innovations. A networking reception and book signing follows the event.
Muhammad Yunus, born in Bangladesh, was educated at Dhaka University and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study economics at Vanderbilt University. In 1972, he became head of the economics department at Chittagong University. He is the founder of Grameen Bank and the father of microcredit, an economic movement that has helped lift millions of families around the world out of poverty. He is also the creator of the ‘social business’ model. Muhammad Yunus’ new book, A World of Three Zeros, is available for purchase at the event.
Financial Inclusion Week is a week of global conversation on the most important steps to advance financial inclusion. From October 30 – November 3, 2017, stakeholders will explore how new products and partnerships are empowering customers. Financial Inclusion Week is an initiative of the Center for Financial Inclusion and aims to strengthen the diverse community of players involved in building a more inclusive financial ecosystem.
Digital channels are revolutionizing the way that customers access financial products, and consequentially are changing the landscape of the industry. Financial service providers are re-thinking the ways that they design and offer financial products. In addition, legacy providers are increasingly partnering with financial technology startups to expand their service offerings and to reach previously under-served customer segments. These new products, and new partnerships bring great new potential for creating a more inclusive global financial ecosystem. However, they may also bring new problems – such as data security and client protection issues. During Financial Inclusion Week 2017, partner organizations around the globe will hold conversations focused on how new products and partnerships are advancing financial inclusion, not just access.
We are currently calling for organizations to commit to joining the conversation by hosting a Financial Inclusion Week event. These events can take any format – in the past partners have held large conferences, small internal meetings, webinars, and twitter chats. If you want to learn more, we encourage you to check out the run-down of past events.
Please feel free to reach out to Allyse McGrath at email@example.com with any questions on how to start planning and sign up to be a partner today to receive updates and resources.