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FINDEV WEBINAR 08 July 2020

Micro nance and COVID-19 in Pakistan: What Happens


After Lockdown?
Microfinance and COVID 19 in Pakistan: What Happens After Lockdown?

Pakistan’s microfinance sector faces a crisis unlike anything it has FinDev Webinar

experienced before. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens 7.3 million ABOUT THIS


low-income Pakistani households that rely on microfinance WEBINAR
institutions for access to capital and other financial Recorded 08 July 2020

services. Economists Muhammad Meki, Farah Said, and coauthors Topics COVID-19,


Disasters and
in Pakistan, surveyed 1,000 microfinance clients in Punjab, Sindh, Con ict

Country Pakistan
and Kashmir regions one week after the country’s lockdown began.
Region South Asia

This webinar presents results from the survey, as well as interviews

with the microfinance institutions that serve these clients, for a


detailed picture of the impact of Pakistan’s lockdown on households WEBINAR
and the industry overall. RESOURCES
Paper: COVID-19 and the
As Pakistan now moves to reopen the economy, the following
Future of Micro nance:
questions arise: Evidence and Insights
from Paki…
How will borrowers fare and how will microfinance Webinar Presentation
institutions recover?
How does the experience of Pakistan’s microfinance sector

compare to other countries? BULLETIN


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Speaker Bios
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Muhammad Meki
Institution : University of Oxford

Muhammad Meki is a researcher in development


economics at the University of Oxford, where he holds
a joint position between the Department of
International Development and the Centre for Islamic
Studies. He completed his PhD in 2018 from the
University of Oxford, where he also held a post-
doctoral research fellowship until 2020. He has
previously completed postgraduate degrees in Finance
(MSc, London School of Economics), Economics
(PGDip, Cambridge), and Economics for Development

(MSc, Oxford). His research focuses on the investment


and growth of microenterprises in developing
countries, and he has conducted work in Pakistan,
Kenya, and Bangladesh.

Farah Said
Institution : Lahore School of Economics

Farah Said is an Assistant Professor at the Lahore


School of Economics, and a Research Fellow at the
Centre for Research in Economics and Business
(CREB). She holds a PhD in Economics from the
Lahore School of Economics, as well as a postgraduate
degree in Financial Economics (MSc, University of
Oxford). Her research focuses on development
economics, applied microeconomics, behavioral
economics, and gender.

Timothy Ogden
Institution : Financial Access Initiative

Tim is Managing Director of the Financial Access


Initiative, a research initiative exploring how nancial
services can better meet the needs and improve the
lives of poor households. He also serves as the
managing director of the US Financial Diaries project.
He is a co-founder of Sona Partners, a thought
leadership communications rm. Tim is the author of
Experimental Conversations, a collection of interviews
with leading development economists, co-author of
Toyota Under Fire, a regular contributor to Stanford
Social Innovation Review and a Contributing Editor of
Alliance Magazine. He has developed, written and
g p ,
edited more than 20 books on topics including
leadership, marketing, operations, nance and
international aid & development.

Rebecca Rouse (Moderator)


Institution : Innovations for Poverty Action

Rebecca Rouse directs IPA's Financial Inclusion


Program, overseeing a portfolio of research initiatives
and randomized evaluations to nd effective solutions
to help the poor manage and grow their money. She
has more than fteen years of experience working in
nancial inclusion, including as the coordinator of the
Inter-American Development Bank’s Regional Facility
on Remittances and Savings. Rebecca holds an MPA
from Columbia University’s School of International
and Public Affairs.

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Tewabe Aysheshim Wudineh , Micro nance practitioner , Ethiopia


16 June 2020

COVID-19 outbreak is currently affecting micro nance institutions at


varied degrees across regions/countries. We really want to learn the
experience from Pakistan
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Yasuko Goto , EBRD, United Kingdom 16 June 2020

Thanks for organising the webinar.


I am interested in the topic as I have a few MFI clients in the Western
Balkans.
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SAIFURAHMAN , Aafganistan, Afghanisttan 17 June 2020

i am interested to the topics which has broadcasted by this site


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Asma BEN SALEM , University of Sousse, Tunisia 18 June 2020

As researcher , I am interested on the effect of COVID-19 on the


performance of MFIs and Islamic micro nance
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Sajjad Ali Shah, Syed , Pakistan 08 July 2020

Would it be great if you have any Micro nance Institution, Regulator &
Network in you panel to have their input and deleberations
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KUSIIMA COLLIN , IT / INFORMATION (ASSOCIATION OF MICROFINANCE


INSTITUTIONS OF UGANDA), Uganda 08 July 2020
currently in Uganda we are a small developing country and 10%(the
rich) of the population depend on banks and 47% of the poorest and
43% moderate depend mostly on savings groups and MFIs to facilitate
there businesses and capital, well i will be glad to learn from Pakistan
what steps they will be taking to come out of this pandemic and save or
run there businesses normally as before COVID-19
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