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Institute for Money, Technology and 
Financial Inclusion, University of California, Irvine

The Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion (IMTFI) presents:

Annual Conference for Funded Researchers

December 4-5, 2013
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
UC Irvine Student Center, Doheny Beach Conference Room

This conference brings together the institute's fifth-year award recipients who will present their preliminary findings. As more and more philanthropic, industry and development actors ask whether mobile technology can help provide access to needed financial services like savings and money transfer, these projects look to the experience on the ground of existing, traditional money systems and financial practices, as well as the potential and real impact of new technology in providing access to finance for the world's poor.

Day 1: Wednesday, December 4, 2013

8:15-8:30 a.m.

8:30-9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions by Director Bill Maurer

9:00-10:30 a.m.
Session 1: Cash/Cashlessness
Discussant: Scott Mainwaring, IMTFI External Advisory Board Chair

  • "Cashless or Cashlite? Mobile Money Use and Currency Redenomination in Zambia" (Zambia) by Vivian Dzokoto and Mwiya Imasiku
  • "Exploring the Nature, Scope and Feasibility of Existing Technological Infrastructure of India's National e-Governance Plan's Customer Service Scheme Towards Converting In-cash Transactions into Cashless Transactions" (India) by Amulya Krishna Champatiray and Parul Agrawal
  • "Investing in Indigeneity: Big Bills, Fungibility, and Mobile" (Peru) by Eric Hirsch

10:30-11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Session 2: Accounting, Monetary Practices and Financial Flows
Discussant: Olufunmilayo B. Arewa, UC Irvine

  • "Njangi Sociality: Mobility, ICTs, and Mobile Money Usages and Practics amongst Poor Rural Farmers in the Cameroon Grasslands" (Cameroon) by Francis B. Nyamnjoh and Divine Fuh
  • "How 'the Poor' Account: Financial Reckoning and its Cosmoeconomics in Assam, India" (India) by Sean Dowdy
  • "Contingency Routes: Somali Financial Flows and Transnational Spaces between Kenya and Uganda" (Kenya/Uganda) by Gianluca Iazzolino and Thomas Molony

12:30-2:00 p.m.
Lunch (provided with registration)

2:00-3:30 p.m.
Session 3: Women, Transformation and Inclusion
Discussant: Elizabeth Berthe, Mercy Corps

3:30-4:00 p.m.

4:00-5:30 p.m.
Session 4: Financial Inclusion and Mobile Money Uptake
Discussant: Carol Benson, Glenbrook Partners

5:30-7:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception with Dinner (provided)

Day 2: Thursday, December 5, 2012

8:15-8:30 a.m.

8:45-10:30 a.m.
Session 5: Social Organization, Power & Hierarchy
Discussant: David Pederson, UC San Diego

  • "Silk Societies, Gold Stories: Using Gold-Based Life Stories to Study Gender, Financial Inclusion and Work Vulnerability in South Indian Sericulture" (India) by Nithya Joseph
  • "Banking with the Patron: the Case of Patron-Client in Makassar, Indonesia" (Indonesia) by Tiar Mutiara Shantiuli and Salmah Said
  • "Mobilizing Religion as Value Storage: Islamic Microfinance in Bangladesh as a Model for Poverty Alleviation?" (Bangladesh) by Bridget Kustin
  • "How does Mobile Money Affect Adopters' Social Networks?" (Tanzania) by Alfredo Burlando, Cynthia Kinnan and Silvia Prina

10:30-11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Session 6: Chance, Risk and Fraud
Discussant: Jan Chipchase, frog design

12:30-2:00 p.m.
Lunch (provided)

2:00-3:30 p.m.
Session 7: Corridors, Networks and Agents (the Indian Case)
Discussant: Abhishek Singha, Eko India Financial Services Private Limited

  • "One Among Many? Examining the Efficacy of Mobile Money in India's Remittance Corridors" by Amrit Pal
  • "The New Information Ecosystem Being Developed Around Mobile Money: A Behavioral Analysis of Mobile Money Users in India" by Lakshmi Kumar
  • "Spatial Complementarity of Mobile Financial Services, Business Correspondents and Banking Infrastructures: Accounting for Mobile Financial Services Ecosystems in India" by K.V. Nithyanada and Cyril Fouillet

Registration is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register online.

Parking is available in the Student Center Parking Structure for $10 per day. Lunch and dinner will be provided on day one; lunch will be provided on day two.

Can't make it to the conference in person? Visit http://www.imtfi.uci.edu/imtfi_annual_conference_2013 for live coverage during conference hours.

Learn more about IMTFI online.