Join CGAP, IPA, J-PAL, and The World Bank on February 27 for a day-long event that will present the latest evidence on the impact of microcredit, discuss implications of the results for policy and practice, and identify directions for future innovation and research.

Orazio Attanasio
Professor of Economics, University College London
Abhijit Banerjee
Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bertrand Badré
Managing Director and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer
Esther Duflo
Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics, MIT & Founder and Director, J-PAL
Dean Karlan
Professor of Economics, Yale University
Costas Meghir
Douglas A. Warner III Professor of Economics, Yale University
Martin Holtmann
Chief Microfinance Specialist, IFC
Gerhard Coetzee
Senior Financial Sector Specialist, CGAP
Stella Dawson
Chief Correspondent, Governance and Anti-Corruption, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Greg Chen
Senior Financial Sector Specialist, CGAP
Xavier Gine
Lead Economist, Development Research Group
Kate McKee
Senior Adviser, CGAP
Peer Stein
Director, Finance and Markets Global Practice, World Bank
Jaikishan Desai
Senior Lecturer and Director of International Students, Victoria University of Wellington
Manfried Kuhn
CEO and Managing Director, Equity Bank

World Bank Chief Economist Kaushik Basu, joined by Amartya Sen and Nicholas Stern, will argue that our conceptualization of how the law impacts the economy is flawed. In particular, there is a close and intricate connection between human beliefs and the effectiveness of the law.

Kaushik Basu
Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank Group
Nicholas Stern
I.G. Patel Professor of Economics, London School of Economics
Amartya Sen
Nobel-Laureate Economist and Harvard Professor

Jeffrey D. Sachs presents a compelling framework for how global citizens can take a holistic pathway forward to address the seemingly intractable worldwide problems of persistent extreme poverty, environmental degradation, and political-economic injustice: sustainable development.

Jeffrey D. Sachs
Director, Earth Institute / Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University
Nigel Twose
Senior Director, Jobs Group, World Bank Group

What measures can help to eradicate, once and for all, chronic poverty? What kind of job opportunities should we offer to the chronic poor? Can Latin America learn from other countries with lower rates of chronic poverty? Does the region have any answers for the world?

Jamele Rigolini
Program Leader for Human Development and Poverty, World Bank Group

Michael Green will explain how the Social Progress Index measures the inclusiveness of 132 countries and how it is being used by governments, businesses and civil society organizations to drive change.

Michael Green
Executive Director, Social Progress Initiative