Does financial inclusion through microfinance reduce poverty?

16th February, 2016
5.30pm – 7.30pm
Location: TBC upon registration

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Dr Milford Bateman is currently a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Juraj Dorbila located at Pula, Croatia, while working as a freelance consultant on local economic development. He is known for his works on development economics in the Western Balkans. His controversial book, Why Doesn’t Microfinance Work? which focused on the impacts of microfinance projects in the developing world, sparked debate on the effectiveness of microfinance around the world.

Debating against Dr Bateman is Dr Phyllis SantaMaria, who is the Founder and Director of the Financial Inclusion Forum UK and also a Founder and Director of Learning without Borders. She is in favour of microfinance and will be arguing in favour of financial inclusion and other forms of microfinance, such as microinsurance.

Mediating the debate will be LSE’s very own Dr Kate Meagher, Associate Professor in Development Studies, known for her work in rural development and informal economies in developing nations, especially in the African continent.