December 10, 2012
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Pamplona. December 10th, 2012.

Ignacio Más (Ph.D. at  Harvard University) is a Senior Associate at Bankable Frontier and a collaborator at the World Bank. Mas provided an in-depth analysis about M-PESA and the mobile-phone based money transfer for Safaricom, which is playing an important role in transforming part of the Kenyan economy. By connecting groups of individuals and slowly progressing towards business organizations, M-PESA has helped to improve the quality of life for the Kenyan population. Today, Kenyans have found an efficient way to make basic payments a...

November 12, 2012
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Pamplona. November 12th, 2012.

Dermot Grenham (Graduate from LSE) is chief actuary for the social security, demography and overseas pensions team of the Government’s Actuary Department in the UK. During his visit to the NCID, he analyzed the impact of micro-insurances by assessing if this practice can really help reduce the vulnerability of low-income groups falling into poverty.  By providing examples about the current situation in Pakistan, he explained how micro-insurances could play a useful role to mitigate the effects of natural disasters. Impoverished c...

October 15, 2012
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Pamplona. October 15th, 2012.

Climent Quintana-Domeque (Ph.D. Princeton University) is Associate Professor at the University of Alicante. During his visit to the NCID, Quintana-Domeque presented his paper, “Paving Streets for the Poor: Experimental Analysis of Infrastructure Effects, which focused on the role of infrastructure in in the active reduction of poverty. In this paper, he explains how Acayucan, a city in Mexico, increased its level of consumption after the implementation of a pavement program designed by the regional government. Quintana-Domeque concluded tha...

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