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Financial inclusion leaders to speak at the ICT4D Conference, Hyderabad

Financial inclusion leaders to speak at the ICT4D Conference, Hyderabad

Shri Jayant Sinha, Minister of Civil Aviation, Government of India, to deliver keynote on India’s Digital Economy

Financial inclusion track speakers to include Paul Musser, SVP, Humanitarian, Development and Donors at Mastercard, Isha Singh, Program Manager: Payments Innovation, NetHope, Kristy Amacker, Senior Web Strategist - Gateway Academy, World Bank/CGAP among other experts
ICT4D Conference will take place 15-18 May 2017 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre – for more information on speakers and registrations visit

Mumbai, 21 April 2017: The speakers for the Digital Financial Inclusion track at the ninth annual ICT4D Conference have been announced and include sector leaders and technical experts from India and around the world.

The use of technology in health can help end poverty and promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, whether through  mobile money and micro-finance loans or innovative approaches for providing power to off-grid entrepreneurs building livelihoods. The ICT4D Conference provides a platform for sector experts, program managers, technical advisors and executives to come together to discuss best practices, explore possible applications of frontier technology and evaluate the impact that they create in the journey to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Shri Jayant Sinha, Minister of Civil Aviation, Government of India, will speak at the opening of the ICT4D Conference on Monday 15 May 2017 at 9:25am. In his speech, Shri Jayant Sinha will explore the development implications of India’s evolving digital economy, and how innovative technologies can have a transformative effect.

Isha Singh, Program Manager: Payments Innovation, NetHope, will present how digital financial inclusion programs have the potential to dramatically accelerate access to, and deepen the penetration of, formal financial services in India especially among the emerging middle class in Tier 2, 3, and 4 centers.

Brian Healy, Business Development, RedRose, will showcase the ONEsystem, designed and developed by RedRose to meet the needs of the humanitarian sector. The ONEsystem enables NGOs to register beneficiaries, rapidly mobilise cash and donor grants and provides real time monitoring and evaluation reporting.
Other sessions will explore how partnering to develop digital financial services innovations has extended micro-credit agricultural loans to farmers and how electronic vouchers and cash assistance platforms can assist humanitarian aid beneficiaries to manage programs with transparency, efficiency, monitoring and control. The full agenda of speakers and topics is available here:

The ICT4D Conference is being held in India for the first time this year, and it offers a platform to showcase ICT4D experience, and stimulate discussion regarding implementation challenges and best practices. More information on how to get involved:

Exhibiting at the conference - Showcase services and products and share experience with an engaged audience.
Attending the conference - Network with global colleagues, discover new partnerships and discuss best practices for fully leveraging technology to improve development outcomes.

About the 2017 ICT4D Conference 
The 2017 ICT4D Conference will be held in Hyderabad, India 15-18 May 2017. It is focused on the ways in which technology solutions are allowing us to harness the power of data in accelerating the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Over 1,000 individuals are expected to attend the conference—technical experts from a myriad of disciplines, representatives of governmental, non-governmental and private sector organizations, individuals from countries across the globe.

The annual ICT4D Conference event, founded by Catholic Relief Services, is now organized by a consortium of NGOs and Private Sector Companies. This year’s organizing team includes: Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps, World Vision, NetHope, the Anudip Foundation, Dalberg, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), iMerit Technology Services, and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). The team is supported by Microsoft, Google Earth Outreach, CGIAR, Cyient, Digital Globe, DuPont, Oxfam, aWhere/GDA, and RTI International.