Posted on October 16, 2020

Julie Zollmann to deliver FSD Kenya’s 2020 Annual lecture

Researcher Julie Zollmann will be the speaker at FSD Kenya’s sixth public Annual lecture that will be held in partnership with the University of Nairobi, Institute for Development Studies (IDS) on Thursday, November 19th, 2020, the organisation has announced. The lecture will be webcast live on FSD Kenya’s YouTube channel.

The annual lecture is FSD Kenya’s flagship event. Held every year since 2015, the annual lecture highlights new thinking and raise cutting edge issues in the field of financial inclusion. Past speakers have included Dr. Tavneet Suri, a development economist and associate professor of applied economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management; Consumer protection expert Rafe Mazer; leading British Economist and author of Other People’s Money, John Kay; accomplished Entrepreneur Julian Kyula, founder of MODE Group, a fintech spanning over 26 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East; as well as FSD Kenya’s former Director and long-time observer of Kenya’s financial sector, Dr. David Ferrand.

This year’s speaker, Julie Zollmann, is a researcher who uses the tools of economics and anthropology to understand how ordinary people use technology and finance to navigate their economic lives. She has particular expertise in sub-Saharan Africa and in translating research into real-life solutions. In Kenya, Julie has had a long relationship with FSD Kenya, leading the Kenya Financial Diaries project and more recently the Kenya COVID-19 Diaries in partnership with BFA Global, which tracks the economic impact of COVID-19 on low income households and small enterprises in the country.

Now in its sixth year, the 2020 annual lecture will also be the official launch of Living on Little: Navigating Financial Scarcity in Modern Kenya, Julie’s new book based on FSD Kenya’s Financial Diaries project.  The lecture, like the book will demonstrate the many deep and overlooked ways that scarcity shapes the lives of ordinary Kenyans, drawing on four years of systematic research with nearly 300 low-income families.  A close examination of ordinary Kenyans lives showcases their optimistic and ambitious pursuit of the maendeleo (development) mission, a mission often thwarted by structural barriers and inequalities.  How might the financial sector finance—and private enterprise more broadly—reimagine their roles in building a truly inclusive economy for all?

Event details

Date: Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Time: 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm EAT

Click here to register for the virtual event.

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Watch the livestream on FSD Kenya’s YouTube channel

Join the conversation on Twitter @FSDKe and hashtag #FSDLecture

About FSD Kenya

The Financial Sector Deepening Kenya (FSD Kenya) is an independent trust dedicated to the achievement of an inclusive financial system that supports Kenya’s long-term development goals. We work closely with government, the financial services industry and other partners to develop financial solutions that better address the real world challenges faced by low-income households, enterprises and underserved groups such as women and youth.

About the Institute for Development Studies (IDS)

The Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi, was established on October 8, 1965, as part of the then University of East Africa. Since inception, IDS has carried out research on issues of development with a deliberate bias to the Kenyan and African experience. IDS has collaborated with various partners globally to produce knowledge, as well as to influence policy and practice. Several objectives guide the conduct of research at IDS: policy relevance; development studies; disciplinary growth; need to generate interdisciplinary knowledge; response to desire for collaborative networks; meeting demand for world-class research and academic publications; and the production of high-quality teaching materials.


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