Event JunkIT: Habib University to Host Workshop on Financial Inclusion of the Poor

In partnership with the Institute of Money, Technology, Financial Inclusion (IMTFI) at the University of California (Irvine), Interdisciplinary Research and Action Center (IDRAC) Habib University is all set to host a workshop on Financial Inclusion of the Poor on the 8th of April 2017 from 9am to 5pm.

At the workshop the participants are to engage with some of the contemporary challenges in the discourse and practices of financial inclusion. The workshop will seek to address how practitioners of financial industry are shaping people’s fiscal habits through modern information and communication technologies.

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The keynote speaker for the workshop is Dr. Asma Ibrahim, Director, State Bank of Pakistan’s Money Museum & Art Gallery. The themes set for the day-long event are Digital Money, Branchless Banking, and State Regulation and Surveillance. Some of the questions that seeks to answer are:

1) How new financial instruments such as mobile banking and branchless banking are deployed in poor areas?

2) How state regulation and surveillance programs effect channels of capital flows?

3) Do financial inclusion programs address the fundamental issues of income inequality in Pakistan?

Karandaaz, State Bank of Pakistan, Telenor, Paysys Labs, Monet, Finja, Meezan Bank, Bank Alfalah, and academics are all set to take part in the workshop held by Habib University.