Does financial inclusion via Microfinance reduce poverty?

London School of Economics Microfinance Society Debate, 2016-02-16, Dr Phyllis SantaMaria, Learning without Borders It’s a great pleasure to be here in this debate, thanks to the LSE Microfinance Society. I’d like to start with questioning the phrase:  ‘reduce poverty’.  I’d like to change that to ‘improving quality of life’. We know there are many people …


Building Britain’s Digital Future: critical skills needed

Tech London Advocates wants digital education to unlock London’s digital potential. Its ‘Learning Curve’ event highlighted practical education to increase digital skills, ranging from primary school to professionals,  to make up for the shortage of skilled graduates holding back the tech sector.  It offered 6 Panels that examined digital education.  1. Digital Skills at the heart of Government Minister …


Alternative Finance: first ever in-depth analysis of Alternative Finance

The world’s first in depth study of Alternative Finance focuses on the UK’s fast growing sector and its challenges. The NESTA (national Endowments for Science, Technology, and the Arts) and University of Cambridge  survey defines Alternative Finance, its markets, growth patterns and barriers to adoption. Above all, it looks at  why we and the banks should care. Here we  …


Alternative Finance: Microinsurance

People at the bottom of the pyramid are more susceptible to the long-term impacts of emergencies and life crises due to the lack of low-cost insurance coverage.  In response to these needs, several new insurance products for the poor and uninsured have developed.  Microinsurance provides a range of insurance services, covering health, property, personal injury, …