Jun 12, 2019

Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. With the overarching title for EDD 2019 "Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind", e-MFP is delighted to share expertise and experience on the panels of two Lab Debates:

Gabriela Erice in Lab Debate: Financial Inclusion: A Catalyst for Reducing Inequalities, June 18th

Financial inclusion is a target in eight of the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Financial inclusion reduces inequalities by reducing the number of unbanked people, estimated today at 2 billion, most of whom are underserved. It also spurs economic growth.

At 13.30 on Tuesday June 18th at EDD 2019, in a Lab Debate organised by Covergences, the European Commission and e-MFP, panellists e-MFP's Gabriela Erice; Craig Churchill, ILO; Karel Vanderpoorten, European Commission; Sophie Maysonnave, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs; with moderator Carine Valette, Convergences, will discuss the link between financial inclusion and reducing inequality in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe and in developing countries. The role that social enterprises can play in finding sustainable solutions will be addressed and the panellists will delve into how financial inclusion tools and policies can target underserved populations, such as women and migrants, and highlight how digitalisation is both an opportunity and a threat to greater financial inclusion.

Daniel Rozas in Lab Debate: A Business Case for Housing Microfinance, June 19th

Housing shortages and poor housing affect developing countries at large. Rapid urbanisation is stretching the limited supply of adequate housing and urban land. Authorities are increasingly searching for solutions to house the lower-income households. Mortgage markets tend to be shallow and frail, hampered by political and economic instability. This hinders families from being able to afford decent homes. Housing microfinance, micro-insurance and micro-mortgages are innovative products that could offer solutions. They can achieve profit, strengthen the business environment and help low-income households access housing.

Habitat for Humanity will host at 13.00 on June 19 at EDD a debate to discuss housing microfinance and micro-mortgages and look at how to attract more investment into the sector. The debate will be moderated by Zoé Tabary, Property rights editor, Thomson Reuters Foundation. Speakers include: e-MFP’s Daniel Rozas; Werner Wallner, Hilti Foundation; Ruth Odera, Habitat for Humanity and Christophe Bochatay, Triple Jump.

Follow the debate live Live on Facebook @habitatEMEA

 e-MFP looks forward to meeting you at EDD 2019 - for more information on EDD click here

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