Researcher Julie Zollmann will be the speaker at this year's Public Annual lecture on inclusive finance, co-organised by FSD Kenya and the University of Nairobi, Institute for Development Studies (IDS) on Thursday, November 19th, 2020.
The lecture will be webcast live on FSD Kenya’s YouTube channel.
The annual lecture is FSD Kenya’s flagship event. Held every year since 2015, the lecture highlights new thinking and raise cutting edge issues in the field of financial inclusion. Past speakers have included Dr. Tavneet Suri, a development economist and associate professor of applied economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management; Consumer protection expert Rafe Mazer; leading British Economist and author of Other People’s Money, John Kay; accomplished Entrepreneur Julian Kyula, founder of MODE Group, a fintech spanning over 26 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East; as well as FSD Kenya’s former Director and long-time observer of Kenya’s financial sector, Dr. David Ferrand.
This year’s speaker, Julie Zollmann, is a researcher who uses the tools of economics and anthropology to understand how ordinary people use technology and finance to navigate their economic lives. She has particular expertise in sub-Saharan Africa and in translating research into real-life solutions. In Kenya, Julie has had a long relationship with FSD Kenya, leading the Kenya Financial Diaries project and more recently the Kenya COVID-19 Diaries in partnership with BFA Global, tracking the economic impact of COVID-19 on low-income households and small enterprises in the country.
The 2020 annual lecture will include the official launch of Living on Little: Navigating Financial Scarcity in Modern Kenya, Julie’s new book based on FSD Kenya’s Financial Diaries project. The lecture, like the book, will demonstrate the many deep and overlooked ways that scarcity shapes the lives of ordinary Kenyans, drawing on four years of systematic research with nearly 300 low-income families. A close examina tion of ordinary Kenyans lives showcases their optimistic and ambitious pursuit of the maendeleo (development) mission, a mission often thwarted by structural barriers and inequalities. How might the financial sector finance—and private enterprise more broadly—reimagine their roles in building a truly inclusive economy for all?
Date: Thursday, November 19th, 2020
Time: 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm EAT
This is the registration link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-6th-fsd-kenya-annual-lecture-on-inclusive-finance-tickets-125585512649