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  Conferences - Upcoming

The Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara presents:

Workshop on Revisiting Microcredit/Microfinance as a Development Strategy for Inclusive Growth:
 A Global Perspective

Friday, May 28, 2010
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Mosher Alumni House

October 2010
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The workshop will focus on research in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean, concerning issues and problems of microfinance in the context of the current global social and economic climate.

This workshop will examine the new realities and challenges for the future of microfinance as it moves from the margins of the financial system to the mainstream in the context of social and economic processes that are both increasing global integration and eroding social safety nets.

Invited participants will present research from various parts of the developing world, assessing developments toward the twin goals of poverty alleviation and the empowerment of women.



9:00 – 9:45

Welcome, Introductory Comments, Workshop Goals
Mark Juergensmeyer, Orfalea Center Director, UCSB
Self-Introduction from Workshop Participants

9:45  - 12:00

Panel 1
Moderator: Richard P. Appelbaum, Co-Director, Center for Global Studies, UCSB
Discussant: Manoranjan Mohanty, Global and International Studies, UCSB

1. Marsha Bailey, CEO /Founder, Women's Economic Ventures
2. Brooke Weddle, McKinsey & Co.
3. C. Jean Weidemann, President, Weidemann Foundation
4. Gayatri Menon, Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University

12:00 – 1:00


1:00 – 2:45

Panel 2
Moderator: Eileen Boris, Department of Feminist Studies, UCSB
Discussant: Aashish Mehta, Global and International Studies, UCSB

1. Dr. Sohelia Alirezanejad, Boston University
2. Bidyut Mohanty,Global and International Studies, UCSB
3. Hien Le Thi My, HCMC Open University/Vietnam
4. Annapurna Pandey, UCSC

2:45 – 3:00
Afternoon Tea/Coffee

3:00 – 4:45

Panel 3
Moderator: Dr. Esha De, Lecturer, Department of Writing Programs, UCLA
Discussant: Phil McCarty, UCSB

1. Laila Fahimuddin, UCLA
2. Stephanie Santos, Department of Women's Studies, UCLA
3. Jayne Lee, Global and International Studies, UCSB
4. Lamia Karim, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon

4:45 – 5:00

Summary and Closing Comments:
Patricia Taber, Department of Anthropology, UCSB
Bidyut Mohanty, Global and International Studies, UCSB




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