Essex Conference on Financial Inclusion 2020

Essex Conference on Financial Inclusion 2020
University of Essex

Mainstreaming financial inclusion

Essex Conference on Financial Inclusion 2020

Online conference programme, Friday 6 November 2020

The 2020 Essex Conference on Financial Inclusion, organised by Essex Business School, was held as part of a major project funded by the UK-India Education and Research Initiative. The event brought together scholars from around the world, to share important research in the broad areas related to the theme of mainstreaming financial inclusion.

Opening (1000-1015 GMT / 1530-1545 IST)

Welcome: Professor Thankom Arun, Principal Investigator of the UKIERI-funded project.

Opening remarks: Professor Neil Kellard, Dean of Essex Business School.

Morning papers (1015-1200 GMT / 1545-1730 IST)

Chair: Professor Sheri Markose

Jim Vine (University of Essex) Financial inclusion in India and the UK: some comparisons.

Mais Shaban (AL-Zaytoonah University of Jordan) Cross-Country Variation in Financial Inclusion: A Global Perspective.

Rajalaxmi Kamath (IIM, Bangalore) Three decades of microlending in a South Indian town: transformations in organisations, actors, and financial flows.

P C Narayan (IIM, Bangalore) Impact of Social Progress and Social Inclusion on Financial Inclusion Outcomes - The India context.

Afternoon papers (1300-1430 GMT / 1830-2000 IST)

Chair: Professor Claudia Girardone

Sheri M. Markose (University of Essex) Financial Inclusion, At What Cost? : Quantification of Economic Viability of A Supply Side Roll Out.

Udichibarna Bose (University of Essex) Financial decisions and information networks among female-headed households.

Rasheed Alrashidi (University of Essex) Access to Finance: A case study of Indian firms.

Roundtable (1430-1600 GMT / 2000-2130 IST)

Moderator: Professor Victor Murinde, SOAS

Thankom Arun, Claudia Girardone and Sheri Markose (University of Essex). Roundtable on mainstreaming financial inclusion.

Thankom Arun
Principal Investigator

Professor Thankom Arun is a Professor of Global Development and Accountability at the University of Essex. He is also a Professor Extraordinaire at the Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa and chair of an academic steering group on Financial Inclusion in the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF). Over the years, his research agenda has developed a theoretical and policy oriented approach for the interrelationship between finance and development in an interdisciplinary framework.