SID Washington: New Africa Workgroup Events

The Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Society for International Development is pleased to announce two new discussions as part of the Africa Workgroup Events.

May 31: Bottlenecks and Border Crossings in Africa
Cross border trade is increasingly important in an interdependent world. The SID-Washington Africa Workgroup will host a discussion to take a look at efforts to streamline trade flows at borders and to explore the indicators that monitor this activity. The workgroup will host William Petty, Crown Agents USA and Toni Matsudaira, Senior Trade Facilitation Specialist at The World Bank.

June 19: A Silver Bullet for Poverty Reduction? An Examination of Microfinance's Potential for Africa
Please join the SID-Washington Africa Workgroup for a discussion with David Roodman, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development. Access to financial services in Africa is becoming an increasingly attainable reality for many. However, the need for financial security remains greatest among the rural poor. Microfinance, specifically microcredit, has been touted as a silver bullet for large scale poverty reduction, yet evidence to support such claims has not been forthcoming. What role can microfinance realistically play in reducing poverty in Africa? Can and should microfinance be linked to capital markets? What is the future of microfinance on the African Continent? SID-Washington's Africa Workgroup will host a discussion with David Roodman, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development, and author of Due Diligence: An Impertinent Inquiry into Microfinance to explore answers to these questions.
For more information about the SID Washington Africa Workgroup, please join the Linkedin group or email

Stay Tuned! The SID-Washington’s 2012 Annual Conference will take place on June 5, 2012.  The theme of this year's conference is “The Future of Development: Politics, Policies, and the Challenges Ahead" The conference will feature dynamic, high-level speakers from around the world who will provide their visions for the future of international development. As 2012 marks an important U.S. presidential election year, the SID-Washington Annual Conference offers an excellent opportunity to help shape the development agenda of the next administration.
For more information and register for this event, please visit the 2012 Conference Page.

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