A Conversation with Jonathan Morduch, Author of Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day
This Silicon Valley Microfinance Network (SVMN) meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 and will feature Jonathan Morduch, Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Managing Director of the Financial Access Initiative, and author of Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day.
Published in 2009, Portfolios of the Poor is the culmination of a research project that spans ten years and three countries, and examines the cash flow of almost 300 households among the poorest of the world. The result is a humanizing insight into the economic lives of the global poor, and a valuable resource for attempting to improve those lives. Jonathan Morduch’s book is one of the most highly regarded texts on economic development in the microfinance sector and is used as a textbook in university classes across the nation.
SVMN is proud to present this unique opportunity to hear Jonathan Morduch discuss his book and answer our questions. We look forward to seeing you there!
To register, please click on the SVMN registration link here (Order now – seating is limited!):
When: Tuesday, June 22, 2010
6:00-6:30 — Sign-in, dinner, networking
6:30-7:15 — Intros and speaker presentation
7:15-8:00 — Q&A
8:00-8:30 — Networking
Where: Omidyar Network Office
1991 Broadway St, Suite 200
Redwood City, CA 94063
in advance: $20 regular attendee | $10 students, non-profits (w/ ID)
at the door: $30 regular attendee | $20 students & non-profits (w/ ID)
(includes dinner + drinks)
This event is held in partnership with Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm that creates opportunity for people to improve their lives. Established in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam, the organization has committed more than $330 million to for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations that foster economic advancement and encourage individual participation across multiple investment areas, including microfinance, property rights, and government transparency. To learn more about Omidyar Network, visit www.omidyar.com.
Jonathan Morduch is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and Managing Director of the Financial Access Initiative (www.financialaccess.org), a consortium of researchers focused on financial inclusion. His research centers on microfinance, social investment, and the economics of poverty. He is currently developing a theoretical framework with Jonathan Conning for understanding how governments and philanthropists can use market forces to create social change.
Morduch is co-author of Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day (Princeton 2009) and The Economics of Microfinance (MIT Press 2005, 2nd edition 2010). He has taught on the Economics faculty at Harvard University, and has held visiting positions at Stanford, Princeton, and the University of Tokyo. Morduch has worked with the United Nations and World Bank, and advises global NGOs. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives and on the board of the Journal of Globalization and Development.
Morduch holds a BA from Brown and Ph.D. from Harvard, both in Economics. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in December 2008 in recognition of his work on microfinance.