Rethinking Financial Inclusion: Smart Design for Policy and Practice

Rethinking Financial Inclusion: Smart Design for Policy and Practice

Faculty Chairs: Rohini Pande, Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, and Asim Khwaja, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Evidence for Policy Design at Harvard’s Center for International Development is now accepting applicants for the inaugural session of a new executive course designed for leading policymakers and practitioners working in financial inclusion – including lending for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as savings, insurance, mobile money and business/financial literacy training. Led by Harvard Kennedy School Professors Rohini Pande and Asim Khwaja and offered through Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, Rethinking Financial Inclusion: Smart Design for Policy and Practice will explore frontier issues in finance for the poor and address challenges faced by both low and high-income countries.

Despite three decades of innovation in financial services for the poor and an unprecedented global expansion in access, the potential of finance to reduce poverty, foster entrepreneurship and improve well-being has yet to be fully realized.