Mayoral Control: Whose School is it?

Please join WEPSA (Wagner Education Policy Student Association) for a panel discussion on the subject of parental involvement in education and its importance to a student's success.  Panelists include:

Richard Kessler, Executive Director, The Center for Arts and Education
Lesley Esters Redwine, Director of External Relations NY, Achievement First
Leonie Haimson, Founder, Class Size Matters
Fatima Shama, Senior Official, Office of the Mayor 

Moderator: Professor Mary Driscoll, NYU Steinhardt

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Education and Social Policy, of NYU Steinhardt and NYU Wagner

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Yes We Can: A New Agenda for Advancing Leaders of Color in Social Change

The election of Barack Obama as the first African-American President heralds a historic moment in US history.  It is an opportunity to reflect at the national and local levels on where we have come in race relations and where we need to go. This is an especially pressing question in the nonprofit sector, where a study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that as many as 24,000 nonprofit executives could retire by 2010, creating significant openings for the next generation of leaders to take the helm. 

 

Leadership programs have a significant part to play in attracting and supporting talented leaders of color as they develop the skills, knowledge and networks to take senior positions in nonprofit and social change organizations. New research holds significant promise for practical strategies to both affirm and draw on the expertise and experience of leaders of color as they navigate often unwelcoming power structures. Research also shows the active roles white leaders can play personally and as part of broader efforts to establish more equitable and effective systems. At the same time, the leadership literature’s treatment of issues of race does not offer innovative ideas to address the demands described. There is a need for both scholars and practitioners to reconceptualize the way we think about the connections between race and leadership. 

 

Panel:

* Laurie M. Hunt, Management Consultant, Center for Gender in Organizations

* C. Nicole Mason, PhD, Executive Director, Women of Color Policy Network, NYU Wagner

* Sonia Ospina, PhD, Faculty Director, Research Center for Leadership in Action and Associate
   Professor of Public Management and Policy, NYU Wagner

* Elissa Perry, Web and Community Learning Director, Leadership Learning Community

 

Moderator:

Erica G. Foldy, PhD, RCLA Faculty member and Assistant Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management, NYU Wagner

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Domestic Violence as a Human Rights Violation: New Directions for Advocates and Scholars

Presented by The Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner and Law Students for Human Rights

 

On October 22, 2008, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held its second hearing in the case of Jessica Gonzales v. United States.  In 2000, Ms. Gonzales (now Jessica Lenahan) filed a § 1983 lawsuit against the Castle Rock, Colorado Police Department and individual officers after they ignored her repeated calls for assistance with locating her children and enforcing her restraining order against her estranged husband Simon Gonzales, who had kidnapped them. Tragically, 10 hours after her first call to the police, her husband died in a shootout with the police, and her daughters were found dead in the back of his truck, positioned directly behind him. To this day, it is not known whether they were killed by Simon Gonzales earlier that evening or in the hailstorm of police bullets. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Ms. Lenahan’s case, finding that she had no constitutional due process right to enforcement of her restraining order.  Having exhausted all of her domestic remedies, Ms. Lenahan filed a case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an international human rights tribunal that is part of the organization of American States (OAS) and is responsible for the promotion of human rights in the Americas (North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean).

 

Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, Deputy Director of the Human Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School, has coordinated meetings of U.S.-based domestic violence advocates who work at the national, state, and local levels to discuss how the Gonzales case, and human rights strategies more generally, can be used in domestic violence advocacy.  Her work includes consideration of strategies at the legislative, litigation, public education, law enforcement training, and other levels.

 

Food will be served and you will need a photo ID to enter the building.

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Should Government Help Your Neighbor? An evening with Deborah Stone

Please join us for a scintillating discussion with Deborah Stone, author of the prize winning "Policy Paradox, The Art of Political Decision Making".  Deborah Stone will discuss her acclaimed new book, “The Samaritan’s Dilemma: Should Government Help Your Neighbor?”  In an age of self-interest and deep distrust  of government, Stone offers a bracing defense of altruism—understood not just as individuals aiding one another, but also as a more active government, helping provide essential goods like high-quality health care, a cleaner environment, and safe cities.

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National Arts Policy Roundtable

Presented by SNEAC - Student Network Exploring Arts and Culture


With featured guests:

  • Daniel Gallant, Executive Director, Nuyorican Poets Café
  • Agnes Gund, President Emerita of The Museum of Modern Art and Chairman of its International Council; Chairman of the Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission of the City of New York; Member, Obama Arts Policy Committee
  • Diane Ragsdale, Associate Program Officer, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Jonathan Sheffer, Ex-Officio Board Member, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
President-elect Obama has formed an Arts Policy Committee, and our roundtable discussion will explore whether his cultural platform is moving national policy in the right direction for the arts.  More broadly, we will question the role of the federal government in the arts, and whether its policy of no-policy is better than a formal cultural administration.  With the insight of our featured guests, we will collect policy recommendations to inform the cultural platform of the next administration. 

Light breakfast available at 8:15. 

Please arrive early to check-in before the event begins.


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Citizen\'s Union Breakfast Briefs - Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer

Co-sponsored by NYU Wagner and Citizen's Union

A series of morning discussions with elected officials about the major issues facing New Yorkers.

8:00 am - Continental Breakfast available
8:30 am - Welcome and Presentation by Featured Speaker
9:00 am - Audience Q & A

Space is limited.

Please select the session(s) for which you would like to RSVP.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, 8:00am-9:30am
City Council Member Eric Gioia -- Queens, District 26
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, 8:00am-9:30am
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, 8:00am-9:30am
Citizens Union Breakfast Brief with Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, 8:00am-9:30am
Representative Anthony D. Weiner
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, 8:00am-10:00am
Councilmember Tony Avella
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2009, 8:00am-9:30am
Council Member Melinda Katz
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Wednesday, May. 6, 2009, 8:00am-9:30am
Councilmember David Yassky
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2009, 8:00am-9:30am
Councilmember Bill de Blasio
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


The Impact of the Foreclosure Crisis on Women and Families in New York City

The New York Women's Foundation® in partnership with New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, invites you to a community forum on the impact of the foreclosure crisis on women in New York City. Our panel of experts will lead us through an in–depth discussion of the causes of the current crisis and will explore possible solutions to address this critical issue. Space is limited.

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Weaving It Together: The Latino Voting Experience

Sponsored by the NYU Latino Graduate Student Alliance: NYU Wagner: Alliance for Latino and Latin American Students (ALAS); NYU Law: Latino Law Student Association (LaLSA); and NYU Stern: Association of Hispanic and Black Business Students (AHBBS)

In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, Weaving It Together: The Latino Voting Experience will engage NYU students and the larger community in an informed discussion about the possible impact of the Latino vote on the upcoming presidential election. Our guests will offer expert opinions on demographics, civic engagement, and media portrayal of the Latino community in the U.S. The event will also provide a unique opportunity for participants to connect with leading professionals.

Agenda:
6:00-6:30 PM - Keynote Speaker
6:30-7:45 PM - Panel Discussion and Q&A
7:45-9:00 PM - Reception

With:
Patti Solis Doyle (Invited)
Senior Advisor to Presidential Campaign of Senator Barack Obama

And panelists:
- Marta Garcia, Co-Chair, National Hispanic Media Coalition
- Mark Hugo Lopez, Associate Director of PEW Hispanic Center
- Jose Perez, Associate General Counsel, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund
- William Ramos, Director, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

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Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America - Does Transparency Lead to Accountability? Lessons from Mexican Civil Society

Co-sponsored by NYU Wagner’s Research Center for Leadership in Action, the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, NYU Wagner's Office of International Programs, and the Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students.

The pursuit of the public good requires collective action and leadership. The pressing social, economic and political problems facing Latin American countries are complex and exceed the capacity of each of the public, private and social sectors working alone. This series aims to raise awareness and foster discussion about current problems and challenges affecting democratic governance and sustainable development in Latin America. The events will explore the nature of the relationship between the State and civil society and its impact on various developmental outcomes.

Please select the session(s) for which you would like to RSVP.
Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, 12:00pm-1:30pm
The Conceptions of Social Policy: Universalism vs. Targeting
Location: TBD

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, 12:00pm-1:30pm
The Tension Between Representative and Participatory Democracy in Latin America
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Does Transparency Lead to Accountability? Lessons from Mexican Civil Society
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Thursday, Mar. 12, 2009, 12:00pm-1:30pm
The Rise and Performance of Leftist Governments in Latin America
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Monday, Apr. 6, 2009, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Culture and Politics in Latin America
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Thursday, Apr. 16, 2009, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Local Notions of Development and Indigenous Political Participation
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America - The Tension Between Representative and Participatory Democracy in Latin America

Co-sponsored by NYU Wagner’s Research Center for Leadership in Action, the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, NYU Wagner's Office of International Programs, and the Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students.

The pursuit of the public good requires collective action and leadership. The pressing social, economic and political problems facing Latin American countries are complex and exceed the capacity of each of the public, private and social sectors working alone. This series aims to raise awareness and foster discussion about current problems and challenges affecting democratic governance and sustainable development in Latin America. The events will explore the nature of the relationship between the State and civil society and its impact on various developmental outcomes.

Please select the session(s) for which you would like to RSVP.
Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, 12:00pm-1:30pm
The Conceptions of Social Policy: Universalism vs. Targeting
Location: TBD

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, 12:00pm-1:30pm
The Tension Between Representative and Participatory Democracy in Latin America
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Does Transparency Lead to Accountability? Lessons from Mexican Civil Society
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Thursday, Mar. 12, 2009, 12:00pm-1:30pm
The Rise and Performance of Leftist Governments in Latin America
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Monday, Apr. 6, 2009, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Culture and Politics in Latin America
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Thursday, Apr. 16, 2009, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Local Notions of Development and Indigenous Political Participation
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Climate and Water - Bryan Mark, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University

With one in six people around the world currently lacking access to safe drinking water (1.2 billion people), and more than two out of six lacking adequate sanitation (2.6 billion people), water is a critical factor affecting the social and economic well-being of a sizable proportion of the world's population. However, with the world's population doubling and water supplies becoming both more scarce and volatile as a result of global warming, a water crisis could reshape everything from our governance structures to our modes of economic and agricultural production to our patterns of social interaction.
This Thursday evening series will explore innovative and sustainable solutions for water harvesting, looking at water provision from a new vantage point: via how water sources are changing as a function of global warming and increased population pressures. The implications that these shifts will have for water sourcing and water distribution will also be explored.

Please select the session(s) for which you would like to RSVP.
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, 6:20pm
Fred Pearce, Author of When the Rivers Run Dry
Location: The Kimmel Center, 900 Series (905, 907)
60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012  map


Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, 6:20pm-8:00pm
Bryan Mark, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map


Sherry Glied, Economist and Health Care Policy Expert, Named Dean of NYU Wagner

Sherry Glied, Economist and Health Care Policy Expert, Named Dean of NYU Wagner

Dean Sherry Glied

Sherry A. Glied, a Harvard-trained economist from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health whose expertise in health care reform has led to important governmental posts, was today named by NYU President John Sexton and Provost David McLaughlin to be the dean of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.  She will take up the new post on August 1, 2013.

John Sexton, NYU’s President said, “In the last 10 years, Wagner has been on a remarkable upward trajectory: it has soared from 19 to 6 in the US News and World Report Rankings for schools of public affairs – a great feat.  So, in selecting a new dean, we were keenly aware of the need to find someone outstanding who could sustain that trajectory – a highly regarded scholar, a talented administrator, and a person of vision and drive. 

“In Sherry we have found such a person.  The quality of her scholarship has led not only to success within the academy, but to important policy-making and advisory positions as well.  At heart, universities are judged by the quality of the people they attract, and it says a great deal about NYU and about Wagner, its successes, and its momentum that we are able to attract someone as talented as Sherry Glied as dean.”

An extensively published scholar in the area of health care policy reform and mental health policy, Sherry Glied was first appointed to Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health in 1989.  From 1998 to 2010, she was chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Professor Glied has also served in important policy-making and advisory positions in government, most recently as the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the US Department of Health & Human Services.  She had previously served as a senior economist for health care and labor market policy on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, had participated in the Clinton Health Care Task Force, and had been a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers.

Ingrid Ellen, professor of public policy and urban planning and chair of the Search Committee, said, “The Search Committee has utmost confidence that Sherry is up to the task of sustaining the momentum of the past few years. She is a leading health economist with high-level government experience and boundless energy and enthusiasm for the mission of NYU Wagner –from research to teaching to public service.”

She received her B.A. from Yale, her M.A. from the University of Toronto, and her Ph.D. from Harvard in economics.  She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, was a member of the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth, and was the recipient of the Research!America Eugene Garfield Economic Impact of Medical and Health Research Award.   She is a fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine, and a faculty research fellow in health economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

“Provost David McLaughlin and I would like to thank the Dean Search Committee, led by Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen, for their hard work and their judgment, for their hard work and discernment,” said John Sexton.  We would also like to thank Ellen Schall, Sherry Glied’s predecessor, for her superb leadership over the past 10 years and for doing so much to improve the school.  And we’d like to thank Tyra Liebmann and Scott Fritzen for so capably taking on the role of Interim Co-Deans these past few months.

“First and foremost, however, we would like to congratulate Sherry Glied on her appointment as Dean of NYU’s Wagner School, and welcome her to the University.”

 

MUP Student at Wagner Wins Soros Fellowship for New Americans

MUP Student at Wagner Wins Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Leda DeRosa, who is pursuing a master’s degree in urban planning (MUP) at NYU Wagner, has been selected as a recipient of a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She is one of 30 winners of the 2013 national competition, chosen from more than 1,050 applicants.

New Americans Fellows are selected on the basis of individual merit and promise - individuals who seem best-positioned to make a distinctive contribution to some aspect of American life. Clearly, Leda fits the bill.

Born in Korea, raised in Connecticut, Leda has a keen desire to work in underserved communities. This, she notes, arises from her complex immigrant and minority identities.

Leda graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College, and was supported with scholarships and part-time jobs. She subsequently worked as a corporate legal assistant for a major New York-based international law firm and as Associate Director of an African-American think tank affiliated with Columbia Law School.

Each Fellow receives tuition and stipend assistance of up to $90,000 in support of graduate education in this country.  The full slate of immigrant and academic stories can be found in all of its remarkable diversity here: 2013 Fellows' Bios.

Wagner Students Capture $50,000 Prize in Entrepreneurs Challenge

Wagner Students Capture $50,000 Prize in Entrepreneurs Challenge

Three NYU Wagner students won the $50,000 Social Venture Prize in the 2012-13 Entrepreneurs Challenge held at NYU Stern. Their winning idea, called Kinvolved, is a digital app that aims to reduce truancy by providing real-time data on classroom attendance to teachers, families, and students.

Kinvolved is the brainchild of Miriam Altman (MPA ’13), Alexandra Meis (MPA ’13), and Barrie Charney Golden (MBA/MPA ’14). Since December 2012, the Kinvolved program has been piloted in a public elementary school in Harlem. The Kinvolved team is now working on sales and distribution for the 2013-14 school year.

The Entrepreneurs Challenge, a university-wide competition held by Stern’s Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, selected four winning teams in all, composed of students, alumni, and faculty from seven different NYU schools. These most promising innovators were chosen after pitching their ideas and enduring a rigorous Q&A by judges from the venture capital, technology, design, and social enterprise sectors.

Leadership Program for Ghanaian Women Leaders in Civil Society

Leadership Program for Ghanaian Women Leaders in Civil Society

NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action and Fundación Mujeres por África are now accepting applications for the Ghanaian Women’s Social Leadership Program.

The one-year leadership development program is for women working in mid-level positions in civil society organizations or on public and social issues in Ghana. The women selected this year will be part of the program’s inaugural cohort, which kicks off in October 2013.

The program offers participants:

  • Two week-long intensive leadership institutes in Ghana and New York City;
  • Presentations by international and Ghanaian experts in leadership and management;
  • Hands-on, interactive workshops that offer opportunities for reflection, peer learning, team building and planning;
  • Expert coaching and support during the design and execution of an action-learning project in a home organization or community;
  • Program training, lodging and travel expenses covered by the program;
  • A network of dynamic women leaders in Ghanaian civil society; and
  • Robust knowledge and skills for advancing community change.

The deadline to apply has been extended to noon EST on Friday, June 14, 2013.

Learn more about the program and apply now.

NYU Wagner Named To White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities Team

NYU Wagner Named To White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities Team

The U.S. Department of Housing Preservation and Development has announced that a consortium including NYU Wagner will serve as the first National Resource Network Administrator under the White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) initiative. The SC2 Network, funded with HUD technical assistance resources, will provide cities with targeted technical assistance to help support locally identified priorities for economic growth and job creation.

In addition to Wagner, the consortium includes Public Financial Management, Enterprise Community Partners, HR & A Advisors, and the International City/County Management Association. Wagner’s lead professional for this endeavor is Neil Kleiman, who heads the NYU Wagner Innovation Labs.

Click here to read the HUD announcement.

Reimagining Banking for Half the World: Q&A with Jonathan Morduch

Reimagining Banking for Half the World: Q&A with Jonathan Morduch

Half of the adults in the world (about 2.5 billion people) are “unbanked”—meaning their money is not housed in a secure institution. That’s the central concern of a new book, Banking the World: Empirical Foundations of Financial Inclusion, co-edited by Jonathan Morduch, a professor in the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

To reach those billions of people, Morduch argues that we need to think about banking in radically different ways. Promising solutions involve using new technologies like mobile phones, as well as re-imagining ideas such as self-governing, village-based saving groups. Understanding those possibilities is a focus of the Financial Access Initiative (FAI), the NYU center that Morduch, an expert in public policy and economics, founded with colleagues at Yale and Harvard.

NYU Research Digest recently sat down with him to discuss old perspectives and new ideas.

How does your research connect two typically incongruent issues like banking and poverty?

Let’s start with poverty, rather than banking. If you’re reading this, you’re probably not poor, but you may have ideas about what it’s like to be poor. Over the past decade, I’ve come to see that my own ideas about poverty were wrong. Elements that I had thought were very important, I now believe are much less important. I had been locked into a logic that was shaped by the available data—large surveys designed to test formal hypotheses, but that turn out to give a very blurry sense of how people actually live their lives.

What changed?

Rather than surveying thousands of households, a group of researchers started with just a few dozen. Rather than collecting data only once, the researchers visited and revisited the same households many times over a year. Everything bought and sold was noted—all financial transactions, whether at a bank or with family and friends. The intensity of the engagement allowed us to see and understand activities that had been out of view.

This is the data from India, Bangladesh, and South Africa described in your previous book, Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day. What did it tell you?

The evidence showed that a vast problem for many poor families is not low incomes per se, but the fact that incomes are unreliable and often unpredictable. We often talk about the 40 percent of the world living on under $2 a day per person, but we lose sight of the fact that people don’t literally earn $2 a day. They earn $10 one day, for example, and then very little for a few weeks. Those ups and downs mean that families spend a lot of time figuring out how to borrow and save and deal with risk. We also see people often borrowing to pay for health emergencies, school fees, and simply getting food on the table. But their financial tools are often expensive and unreliable—if they even exist.

You’ve written a lot about microfinance over the years. Is that the solution to “banking the world”?

Microfinance centers on small loans for small-scale entrepreneurs, mostly poor women, who seek capital to grow their businesses. The idea is associated with Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, but the sector has grown quickly, now serving 200 million customers globally, including some here in New York.

Microfinance is an inspiration, but it can also box us in. The starting point of Banking the World is that we need to go beyond the kind of entrepreneurial finance celebrated by microfinance. More fundamental is access to basic money management tools. A huge group of the 2.5 billion unbanked adults are not entrepreneurs. They have jobs, but they still need financial tools—a safe place to save, a convenient way to make payments, short-term loans for general purposes. Entrepreneurs too have needs beyond business. In these ways, the poor are not so different from the rich. It’s been a hard message for some people to hear, but conversations are shifting.

Banking the World collects empirical studies that point to viable solutions, and push us to take a critical look at popular ideas like financial literacy. The chapters also draw new links, like those between finance and under-nutrition. All that, I hope, takes us another step toward solving a problem that is huge—but solvable.

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