The Role of Digital Financial Services in Humanitarian Crises Responses

January 17, 2018
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8:00am EST // 1pm UTC
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Faculty House at Columbia University (W.116th St. off Amsterdam Ave.)

TOPIC: This global roundtable organized by the Digital Financial Services Observatory @ CITI in New York, looked at how DFS provides assistance to refugees, those affected by natural disasters, and to those affected by disease outbreaks. It will cover the technical, humanitarian, operational, financial and donor perspectives of the responses, with case studies from Africa, the Carribbean, and the Middle East.

Speakers from: UNHCR, GSMA, GIZ, Columbia University, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank, Enclude Solutions, Mastercard, Caribbean Blockchain Association, Better Than Cash Alliance, International Rescue Committee, USAID, World Economic Forum, Data & Society Research Institute, FINCCLUDE

Complete roundtable agenda appears below the video.


The Role of Digital Financial Services in Humanitarian Crises Responses

Time: 1.30pm-6.30pm UTC // 8am-1.30pm EST
Date: Jan 17 2018
Location: Faculty House, Columbia University, New York

  • View a recording of the roundtable on Youtube: https://youtu.be/r6-QvhgDEog
  • Click on a presentation title below to download the PDF version. Not all speakers gave presentations.

AGENDA

8:00am REGISTRATION & LIGHT BREAKFAST NETWORKING

8:45am WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

- Prof. Eli Noam, Director, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI), Columbia Business School. New York
- Dr. Leon Perlman, Head, DFSO @ CITI, New York

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A: KEYNOTE

9:00am From Crisis to Inclusion
F. Chris Calabia, Senior Advisor, Supervisory & Regulatory Policy, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Moderator:  Dr Leon Perlman, Head, DFSO @ CITI

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B: STRATEGIES IN CRISES RESPONSES

9:25am Digital Finance for Resilience: Jordan Case Study
Khurram Sikander, Director, Digital Finance and Payments, Enclude, Washington DC

9:35am PANEL:
-  Khurram Sikander, Director, Digital Finance and Payments, Enclude, Washington DC

- Dr. Drew Propson, Project Lead, Financial Inclusion, World Economic Forum, New York

- Mark Latonero, Lead, Human Rights & Data Program, Data & Society Research Institute, New York

Moderator: Nora Gurung, Research Associate, DFSO @ CITI

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10:05am COFFEE BREAK 1
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C: FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS FOR REFUGEES
10:20am The UNHCR Common Cash Facility: Providing Dignity to Refugees
Arjun Jain, Senior Policy Advisor, UN High Commission for Refugees, New York

10:35am Digital Transformation of the Humanitarian Systems
Ricardo Pareja, Public Private Partnership, Mastercard, New York

10:45am PANEL:
- Arjun Jain, Senior Policy Advisor, UN High Commission For Refugees, New York, New York
- Ricardo Pareja, Public Private Partnership, Mastercard, New YorK
Sana Khan, Research & Development Adviser for the Economic Recovery & Development ,International Rescue Committee, New York

Moderator: Tricia Cuna Weaver, financial inclusion consultant, Washington DC

D: TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
11:05am Caribbean Perspective On DFS For Disaster Relief
Shiva Bissessar, Director, Caribbean Blockchain Association, Trinidad

11:20am Mobile Technology, Humanitarian Cash Transfers And Displaced Populations
Jenny Casswell, Disaster Response Program, GSMA, UK

11:35am Role of Technology in Refugee Resettlement
Prof Neeraj Kaushal, Columbia University School of Social Work, New York

11:45am PANEL:
- Shiva Bissessar, Director, Caribbean Blockchain Association, Trinidad & Tobago
- Jenny Casswell, Disaster Response program, GSMA, UK
- Prof Neeraj Kaushal, Columbia University School of Social Work, New York

Moderator: Michael Wechsler Esq., Research Scholar, DFSO @ CITI

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12:10pm COFFEE BREAK 2
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E: POST-CRISES STRATEGIES

12:30pm Principle-Based Approaches to Digital Payments for Humanitarian Response and Resilience
Beth Porter, Policy Advisor, Financial Inclusion, Better Than Cash Alliance, New York

12:45pm Putting Principles into Action: Lessons from a Donor Perspective
Christine Martin, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID, Washington DC

1:00pm PANEL:

- Christine Martin, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID, Washington DC
- Beth Porter, Policy Advisor, Financial Inclusion, Better Than Cash Alliance, New York
- Peter McConaghy, Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank, Washington DC

Moderator: John BaRoss, Founder & President, FINCCLUDE Incorporated, New York
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1:30pm CLOSING REMARKS
Dr Leon Perlman, Head, DFSO @ CITI


 

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