Banking the World: Empirical Foundations of Financial Inclusion - Jonathan Morduch
Jonathan Morduch, professor of public policy and economics at NYU Wagner, has co-edited a new collection about the world’s vast “unbanked” population. The book, Banking the World: Empirical Foundations of Financial Inclusion, examines how to realize the goal of extending banking and other financial services to the estimated 2.5 billion people, just over half the adult population globally, who lack them. It. is published by The MIT Press and can be ordered here.
Morduch, a contributor to the volume, is the executive director and co-founder of the Financial Access Initiative, an inter-university research center housed at the Wagner school. The full gamut of essays explore such topics as the complexity of surveying people about their use of financial services; evidence of the impact of financial services on income; and the occasional negative effects of financial services on poor households, including disincentives to work and over-indebtedness. Along with Murdoch, the book's co-editors include Robert Cull and Asli Demirglic-Kunt.
About the Editors:
Robert Cull is a Lead Economist in the Finance and Delivery Private Sector Development Team of the World Bank’s Development Research Group. Asli Demirgüç-Kunt is Director of Development Policy in the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency and Chief Economist of the Financial and Private Sector Development Network (FPD).
Asli Demirguc-Kunt is Senior Research Manager, Finance and Private Sector, in the World Bank's Development Economics Research Group. She is the coeditor of Financial Structures and Economic Growth: A Cross-Country Comparison of Banks, Markets, and Development (MIT Press, 2001).
Jonathan J. Morduch is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is the coauthor of The Economics of Microfinance (MIT Press) and Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day.
Global Social Change Leadership Institute Early Admissions Deadline Feb 15
RCLA’s Global Social Change Leadership Institute offers college and graduate students and young professionals from across the United States and around the world a chance to develop practical knowledge and skills to advance social justice in their communities.
Program participants learn from experts at the forefront of policy reform and advocacy, coalition building and direct service, and the curriculum draws on a decade of rigorous research RCLA has conducted with award-winning social change organizations about the essential role these nonprofits play in an informed and engaged civil society. Interactive workshops are paired with site visits throughout New York City, offering participants a robust understanding of both the theory and practice of leadership and social change.
Participants emerge with an understanding of social change leadership, a plan for taking action in their school or community, and a network of other advocates committed to social justice.
What to Expect from President Obama's Second Term - Jan. 17
Paul Light, NYU Wagner’s Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service, will lead a lively and informative exchange on the expectations and goals of President Barack Obama’s second term on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 5:00 p. m. in Washington D.C.
“Executing a Second Term” will feature former presidential advisors Thomas F. McLarty and Kenneth M. Duberstein, and will take place at New York University's Abramson Family Auditorium at 1307 L Street NW. The event - free and open to the public - is sponsored by NYU Washington, D.C. and the University's John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress.
Professor Light is founding principal investigator of NYU’s Global Center for Public Service and the author of 25 books, including works on social entrepreneurship, the nonprofit sector, federal government reform, public service, and the baby boom. Kenneth Duberstein is chairman and CEO of the Duberstein Group, an independent strategic planning and consulting company, and was chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan in 1988 and 1989. Thomas "Mack" McLarty III is president of McLarty Associates, an international advisory firm based in Washington, and was chief of staff to President Bill Clinton in 1993 and 1994.
Registration is required - please visit http://www.nyu.edu/brademas/programs.events/.
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Prof. Brian Elbel Awarded Grant to Evaluate Large Sugary Drink Ban
Brian Elbel, assistant professor of medicine and health policy with NYU Wagner and the NYU School of Medicine, has been awarded a grant from the New York State Health Foundation to evaluate New York City’s new policy limiting the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB’s) to servings of 16 ounces or less at restaurants and other food-service establishments.
This is the first large-scale, population-level policy to target SSB consumption in the US, and it is unknown how consumers and suppliers will respond.
The project will examine the influence of the policy on calorie purchasing and consumption at fast food restaurants, where the majority of SSBs subject to the policy are sold. Additionally, it will examine the impact on total daily calories consumed by fast food consumers. Data collection will include point of purchase receipt collection and surveys from fast food restaurant consumers, along with follow-up 24 hour dietary recalls with these same consumers.
To control for secular trends data will be collected from two areas of New Jersey statistically matched to NYC as non-treated comparison communities. This grant supports collection of baseline data, before the policy is implemented.
Two Reports Based on Wagner-hosted Dialogue on NYC Retiree Benefits are Published
Earlier this year, NYU Wagner partnered with New York City Public Advocate Bill De Blasio and his office’s nonprofit Fund for Public Advocacy as well as the New York Community Trust to support a rigorous public dialogue about City pensions, retiree health care expenses, and other long-term public obligations and liabilities.
Wagner hosted two of the three forums, which were moderated by New York Times metro columnist Michael Powell and included experts in state and local financal management, including Dan Smith, assistant professor of public budgeting and financial management at Wagner.
To read a just-published summary of the discussions, entitled “Balancing New York’s Fiscal Responsibilities: A Report and Roadmap for Action,” visit here.
You will also find a backgrounder (a companion booklet supported by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation) concerning the size of government and the changing cost, design, and affordability of the City's and State's retirement benefits: “Balancing New York’s Fiscal Responsibilities: Public Employee Pensions & Retiree Health Care Costs.”
NYU Wagner Partners with NYC in "Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge"
Today the City of New York manages over 11,000 payphone kiosks – but the way that New Yorkers share information is changing rapidly. In order to modernize this powerful communications infrastructure, the City is hosting Reinvent Payphones, a public design challenge that seeks to rally urban designers, planners, technologists, and policy experts to create physical and/or virtual prototypes that imagine the future of payphones. NYU Wagner and the NYU Tisch School of the Arts are partnering with the Bloomberg administration to promote the Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge to a wide range of talented and forward-thinking students and faculty in a number of local universities.
Have ideas on how New York City can reinvent payphones to create a safer, healthier, more sustainable, accessible and informed city? Submit your prototype by February 18th and you could help to shape the City’s future.
Foreign Policy Magazine Names Prof. Beth Noveck on Its List of "Top Global Thinkers"
NYU Wagner Visiting Professor Beth Noveck is featured in the December issue of Foreign Policy magazine as one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers 2012,” and joins five others at New York University also recognized on the magazine's list -- including: Danah Boyd of Steinhardt, Chen Guangcheng of the School of Law, and, from Stern, Jonathan Haidt, Paul Romer, and Nouriel Roubini.
Professor Noveck’s book, Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful, has been translated into Russian, Arabic and Chinese. According to the Foreign Policy profile: “Open government isn't built in a day, or one presidential term, for that matter. But if the initiatives she [Noveck] has set in motion – from the National Archives dashboard for citizen archivists to the Department of Health and Human Services website for comparing insurance options –are any indication, Noveck has arguably done more than anyone to lay the foundations for a Washington that feels less like a cloistered village and more like an online public square.”
Professor Noveck served in the White House as the first U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer and as founder and director of the White House Open Government Initiative (2009-11). She has served as an advisor to UK Prime Minister David Cameron on how technology can better employ technology in the public sector. She also served on the 2008 Obama-Biden transition team and was a volunteer advisor to the Obama for America campaign on issues of technology, innovation, and government reform. She focuses her scholarship, activism, and teaching on the future of democracy in the 21st century. Specifically, her work addresses how we can use technology to create more open and collaborative government. With a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, she is collaborating with colleagues to create a research network on the impact of technology on democratic institutions.
She will be a featured guest at a Foreign Policy gala on November 29 in Washington, D.C.
NYU Wagner Student Chosen to Receive NHHF's Health Professional Student Scholarship
Christopher Nolan, a student at NYU Wagner, has been chosen to receive the National Hispanic Health Foundation's 2012 Health Professional Student Scholarship, and will be honored at the Ninth Annual New York Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Gala Dinner on Nov. 29. The $5,000 scholarship is part of the Foundation's goal of recognizing and rewarding dental, medical, nursing, public health, and policy students who exhibit exceptional academic performance, leadership, and commitment to the Hispanic community. The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) is located at the New York Academy of Medicine and affiliated with NYU Wagner.
Christopher is in the MPA/Health Policy & Management program at Wagner and is Vice President of Operations for the Wagner Student Association. His specialization is Health Services Management.
Click here to view photos from the event.
RCLA Accepting Applications for Global Social Change Leadership Institute 2013
University and graduate students and recent college graduates from around the globe can develop the practical knowledge and skills to advance social justice in their communities through RCLA’s summer program from July 7-19, 2013.
Through interactive workshops and site visits throughout New York City, participants learn from leaders at the forefront of policy reform and advocacy, coalition building and direct service. Participants strengthen their leadership ability and skills, learn about cutting-edge research on leadership and social change, and see firsthand what makes organizations at the forefront of advancing social justice successful. They emerge with an action plan for making meaningful change in their communities and a network of other committed changemakers working in a variety of international contexts.
The deadline to apply for Early Admission is 12:00pm EST on February 15, 2013.
Group Facilitation Training in NYC, November/December 2012
Group facilitation methods of the Technology of Participation (ToP) are part of the NYU Wagner course "Innovative Leadership for Sustainable Human Development." Students and faculty can now learn more of the Technology of Participation (ToP) here in NYC this Fall.
Developed over 40 years by the Institute of Cultural Affairs (www.ICA-USA.org) to engage stakeholders in grassroots village settings, ToP methods are now used in organizational, business and government settings around the globe. The methods are relevant to people who work with groups that need highlevel participation to be effective, including managers and supervisors; executive directors and board members; facilitators and trainers; educators and health practitioners; and active citizens and community workers. Unproductive conflict disappears, groups create their own motivation, personal commitment and increased productivity becomes a norm, and tangible results appear more quickly.
Technology of Participation NYC (www.NYCTOP.org) is offering two trainings for Fall 2012: ToP Facilitation Methods (TFM): Nov 28-29 (W-Th) and ToP Strategic Planning (TSP) Facilitation: Dec 1-2 (Sa-Su). For course info & registration go to: http://www.top.ica-usa.org/eventcat.php?id=1 Registrar: email@example.com for local information and answers to questions.
NY Society for Ethical Culture Honors Irshad Manji
NYSEC honors Irshad Manji
Author, activist and educator Irshad Manji was presented Nov. 11 with the New York Society for Ethical Culture’s highest honor – the Ethical Humanist Award. The award was established in 1970 to recognize an individual who has acted with extraordinary moral courage, and has been presented just 16 times.
Manji, who teaches at NYU Wagner, is the director of the Moral Courage Project. Housed at Wagner’s Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA), the Project equips people to become gutsy global citizens by speaking up in the face of intimidation. A reformist Muslim, Manji’s latest book, Allah, Liberty & Love, is a guide to reconciling faith and freedom in a world rife with repressive dogmas.
According to the Ethical Culture Society, the award is meant "to honor an individual who has acted with extraordinary moral courage, without regard for the sanction or acclaim of his or her peers or of society, and whose actions have had broad humanizing implications."
NYU Wagner Professors Convene at 10 Downing St. on Technology & Government
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NYU Wagner visiting professor Beth Noveck and clinical professor Shankar Prasad are in 10 Downing St. today, Nov. 9, for the start of a two-day conversation -- co-hosted by Wagner -- on the future of democracy and the impact of technology.
They join about 40 others at a long table in the wood-paneled State Dining Room, a mix of intersecting and influential perspectives from industry, government, development, nonprofits, and universities. The participants also include Wagner MPA students Kevin Hansen and Sean Brooks.
The London gathering represents a planning meeting for a MacArthur Foundation-supported research network that will develop collaborative new strategies for tackling the world’s hardest problems.
In the evening, the group of thought leaders will head to a dinner organized by the World Bank to continue the discussion in an informal setting. They'll resume the conference on Nov. 10.
For more information, visit openinggovernment.org or @openinggov - where Professors Noveck and Prasad will be tweeting on the discussion.
Click here to view the conversations on Storify.
NYU Reynolds R.E.A.L. Workshop Series: Realistic Entrepreneurial Actionable Learning
Are you now or do you hope to play a role in helping to change the world? Looking for practical and tangible skills and know-how to help you do that? NYU Reynolds has answered the call.
Responding to the demand for greater access to social entrepreneurial related content, the NYU Reynolds Program is pleased to launch the NYU Reynolds R.E.A.L Workshop Series: a new series designed to support social entrepreneurs and changemakers with practical skills and knowledge bases critical to success in the field. The series is free, open to the public and to students from across the entire NYU community, with some sessions specifically targeted to undergraduates, graduates or the executive communities. An RSVP is required for each event.
This series digs deep into the NYU Reynolds network of social entrepreneurship professionals to feature a diverse collection of leaders who have honed their know-how through practice. Each presenter will share their knowledge and breadth of experience, leaving participants with a tangible skill or lesson learned to apply to their own projects and changemaking trajectories. All you need to bring is an open mind!
See below for the Fall 2012 schedule, RSVP links, and target audiences. We hope to see you there!
1. November 27, 2012: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
The 29 Mistakes You Are Bound to Make as a Social Entrepreneur
Zack Rosenberg, Founder and CEO, DoGoodBuyUs
Description: Often, presenters attempt to provide audiences with a comprehensive guide to their successes. In this workshop, Zack Rosenberg will present the mistakes he made on the road to building his social enterprise, DoGoodByUs. With the thinking that mistakes can often be more illustrative and instructive than success stories, you will walk away from this workshop with a clearer understanding of some of the specific challenges –and potential pitfalls—of marketing, funding, and partnering decisions. Additionally, you will learn more about #GivingTuesday, which is also on November 27. Pizza will be served!
RSVP at: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/REALrosenberg
Intended Audience: This workshop is designed for all levels of undergraduate students.
2. December 6, 2012: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Expanding the Philanthropy Footprint: The Challenge of Social Entrepreneurship to Traditional Philanthropy – What’s Fad? What’s Fab?
Richard Marker, Co-Principal, Wise Philanthropy; Founder, NYU Academy for Grantmaking & Funder Education
Description: This session is designed to help attendees understand how philanthropy interacts with the innovation ecosystem and the world of a social entrepreneur. The workshop will cover a vast array of philanthropic topics, from questioning the role of philanthropists and foundations, to discussing what “impact” means, to wondering what organizations, sectors, and people should be solving major societal problems. Using his expertise as a philanthropic advisor, Richard will provide insight into the relationship between a changemaker and his/her funders, along with valuable perspectives on how shareholder activism, varying organizational structures, and evolving scholarship on success, scale, and start-up funding models are changing the game.
Intended Audience: Graduate students and professionals are welcome, particularly those with philanthropic, development and/or grant-writing roles.
3. December 7, 2012: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Mobile Technology for Social Good Demystified: Demo and Discussion
Kate Otto, Mobile Tech for Development Consultant, World Bank; Founder, Everyday Ambassador; NYU Reynolds Scholar Alumnus
Description: This session will review various ways in which mobile connectivity is changing the world for the better, and provide participants with a tutorial in creating and deploying a free mobile phone based survey tool, manipulatable to a variety of applications. (Note: Android phone required to participate in demo. You don’t need an Android phone to participate in the session.). We will also discuss how and why too much digital connectivity can poison our efforts at meaningful change, and suggest the balance of tech and human connectivities that enable us to produce the highest impact outcome.
RSVP at: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/REALotto
Intended Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate students are welcome.
NYU Wagner Alumna Earns Prestigious Teaching Award
Wagner alum, Dylan Congor, received the 2012 Leslie Whittington Award for Excellence in Teaching presented by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The award honors those who make outstanding contributions to public service education and demonstrate teaching excellence over a sustained period of time.
Congor earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Wagner in 2004, and is currently the Director of the Masters in Public Policy Program and Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration at the Trachtenberg School at George Washington University.
She was presented the award on October 18, 2012 at NASPAA’s annual conference in Austin, Texas. David H. Rosenbloom of American University was also a recipient. The Whittington Award is named in honor of the 2000 recipient, Leslie A. Whittington, who perished in Flight 77 at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
Congor joins Wagner Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy Ingrid Gould Ellen in this honor, as Professor Ellen received the prestigious award in 2009.
"Code for Change" Honors New Digital Apps with a Public Purpose
Competition expo (Oct. 12).
A digital app that makes it possible for trained citizen responders to work together in teams as soon as a civil disaster strikes is the winner of the Grand Prize awarded by “Code for Change,” a tech competition at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.
New York City agencies and nonprofit organizations posed technical challenges to self-formed teams of developers, designers, and specialists who participated in the Code for Change competition. The Grand Prize winner is the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which needed an easy-to-use app to help facilitate communication and information exchange among volunteer emergency responders in the immediate wake of a disaster.
Code for Change gave the participants two weeks instead of a typical hackathon’s 24 to 36 hours to identify real, sustainable solutions to questions of public importance. The event also marked the first time that a big-city hackathon included challenges from both government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
This was the first time, too, that four major tech nonprofits – Code for America, One Economy, NPower, and Blue Ridge Foundation New York – joined in co-partnering a hackathon, together with NYU Wagner – with sponsorships from Motorola Mobility Foundation, Liquidnet, Centre for Social for Social Innovations, Notable, General Assembly, and Zurb.
A second Code for Change award, the Change Prize, was given to the New York City Campaign Finance Board for an app that provides citizens with information they can use to engage with the democratic process, and fosters higher voter participation in elections.
Code for Change awarded its Promise Prize to the CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development for an app that enables students to exchange, rather than buy, textbooks – and defrays their higher-education costs.
Code for Change’s Popular Choice Prize was awarded to Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship for a new platform enabling middle and high school students to write and share their own book reviews with one another, and creating a space for online reader discussion groups about literature.
The awardees – who were eligible for a total of $10,000 in cash, mentor lunches, General Assembly classes, Zurb’s web design audit, and free workspace at the Center for Social Innovation – were selected by a panel of seven judges.
New Report from NYU Wagner Innovation Labs Eyes Innovations In Five Cities
Just published: the first in a series of policy reports from NYU Wagner Innovation Labs concerning a three-year Bloomberg Philanthropies effort under way to help mayors in five cities design and implement innovative solutions to pressing challenges.
The report, titled “Getting to Innovation: How Cities are Rethinking Municipal Governance,” offers insight into work in the grantee cities, as well as concrete tools for policymakers seeking to foster municipal innovation in their own cities.
NYU Wagner, RCLA Help Launch The Ghana Wins! Project
New York University, in collaboration with Fundación Mujeres Por África, the University of Ghana, and Banco Santander has launched The Ghana Wins! Project, a major initiative designed to develop and promote leadership skills in Ghanaian women. A select number of Ghanian women will receive training and assistance from the NYU College of Nursing (NYUCN), the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service to help address Ghana’s critical needs in healthcare, education, and strengthening of its civil society.
“The needs in developing countries are great, but the more health resources that are developed, the better off the country will be,” says NYUCN’s Yvonne Wesley, co-director of the project. The project’s director, NYUCN’s Mattia Gilmartin, added, “Ghana is dealing with increases in diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as we are here. One goal of our program is to teach the participating nurses skills to improve the quality of care in their local settings.”
Each school has been awarded a grant from Banco Santander to implement its portion of the project. The College of Nursing is the first to begin, launching the four-year Ghanaian Nurse Leaders Program, which addresses a fundamental need of the Ghanaian nursing profession—the development of a corps of nurses that can improve health system management and clinical practice —in Ghana.
The Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) at NYU Wagner will offer a one-year cohort-based leadership development program for mid- to senior-level women leaders from government and civil society organizations in Ghana. RCLA will select two cohorts of 15-20 women each working in public service across the nation. Women leaders will identify a pressing organizational or community need and design a public service action-learning project to address it. They will spend the following year working in small groups to implement their projects, aided by ongoing expert coaching via regular videoconferences and support from peers.
“In the half century since gaining its independence, Ghana has developed a strong and vibrant civil society to support its social, political, and economic growth,” noted RCLA Executive Director Bethany Godsoe. “As Ghana enters this next phase in its history, the continued strengthening of democratic institutions will be crucial to realizing greater prosperity, and NYU Wagner is honored to be identifying, nurturing, and equipping visionary women leaders as central to that effort.”
The Ghana Wins! Project builds on the collaborative relationship between NYU and the University of Ghana, which includes NYU’s study abroad site on the university’s campus in Accra, the country’s capital and largest city. For more than three years, the two universities and two medical centers—Korle Bu in Accra and Bellevue in New York City—have been working together and learning from each other.
Plastics in Foods Associated with Childhood Obesity, Find Two Wagner Professors
In a nationally representative sample of nearly 3,000 children and adolescents, those who had higher concentrations of urinary bisphenol A (BPA), a manufactured chemical found in consumer products, had significantly increased odds of being obese, according to a groundbreaking study in the September 19 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by NYU Wagner professors Leonardo Trasande and Jan Blustein.
Leonardo Trasande, M.D., M.P.P., who is co-affiliated with the NYU School of Medicine, presented the findings of the study at a JAMA media briefing announcing the Journal's new issue devoted to the question of obesity. The research, which has drawn national media coverage, is co-authored by Dr. Jan Blustein, M.D., P.h.D, professor of health policy and professor of medicine at Wagner and the School of Medicine. A third author, Teresa M. Attina, is affiliated with the School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics.
Calling All Coders (and Lots of Others): NYU Wagner's "Code for Change" Wants You!
Calling all coders, designers, data scientists and other technologists to participate in new kind of civic technology competition in New York this Fall! Want to win $10,000 and additional prizes helping solve some of New York City’s most pressing social problems? We invite you to join us as we remix hacking for good at NYU Wagner's upcoming Code for Change.
Unlike a weekend hack, Code for Change will feature a two-week collaboration period, September 28 - October 12, giving you a chance to really dive in, get to know the challenge, and build a lasting relationship with your team. We spent the summer working with nonprofits and local government to bring you well-defined, game-changing challenges that call for applications with the potential to vastly improve lives of people in New York and beyond. In addition to doing good work, we will have prizes for the best apps.
Register and join us on Friday, September 28 at NYU Wagner, when we kick off the competition with an afternoon and evening of team matching, giving you a chance to meet face to face, pitch ideas and form working groups. Over the course of two weeks, teams will meet on their own time to work collaboratively on their solutions. Then on Friday, October 12th all participants will reconvene at NYU Wagner for a “demo day,” when they present their solutions for judging at our exposition. Judges will include: Rachel Sterne, NYC’s Chief Digital Officer, Seth Pinsky, President of the NYC Economic Development Corporation; Charlie O'Donnell, Partner, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures; and Andrew Rasiej, Chairman of NY Tech MeetUp. For more details, please go here now.
Grand Prize $10,000, Social Innovation Prize $6,000 value (including 6 months of free workspace access at the Centre for Social Innovation, a shared workspace and incubator for social ventures, opening in New York City in January 2013. Additional cash, in-kind and mentorship prizes are being announced weekly.
Reserve your spot @ Code for Change launch (Eventbrite).
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