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Oink Oink Bank: Access to Finance

January 16, 2018

The 10th annual GPPN Conference, hosted by the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, featured students' solution oriented ideas and prototypes to address public policy challenges identified by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To participate, each GPPN member school carefully selected up to five student teams to present their projects and compete for the GPPN prize. The result: 32 teams from around the world met in Paris to showcase their ideas on how to solve some of the most pressing global challenges of today. 

 

Saving habits and levels can help people plan their future, increase their resilience to shocks and give them degrees of freedom not available through credits. Our solution hopes to meet people where they are, creating a bridge between their current situation to full financial access by fostering the adoption of saving habits and increasing financial literacy in a fun and accessible way. “Oink Oink Bank” aims to leverage insights from behavioral economics, psychology and digital technology to bring a microsavings opportunity to marginalized groups. The fast and pervasive penetration of smartphones in the developing world (Klapper & Singer, 2014), even in areas where other basic services are lacking, makes them a perfect point of entry into these communities.

 

Meet the team

 

Rafael Goldzweig is a Research Assistant for the European Governance Monitor at the Dahrendorf Forum and a Master of Public Policy Student at the Hertie School of Governance. He has a particular interest in the role of Information and Communication Technologies in politics and elections. Before joining the Hertie School, Rafael worked for two years as a political consultant in Brazil, dealing with several projects on the country and in Latin America in the areas of information technology, infrastructure and health. He holds a Bachelor in International Relations from the University of São Paulo.

 

Marília Monteiro is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Hertie School of Governance, a Project Leader for Privacy Brazil at the Internet Lab in partnership with Ford Foundation and a member of the Collaborative Council at Coding Rights. Prior to joining Hertie, she worked as Coordinator for the Information Society at the Brazilian Ministry of Justice’s Department for Consumer Protection for 2 years managing public policies on consumer protection online, Internet Governance and regulation. She holds a LL.B from the Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School (FGV).

 

Maria del Mar Zamora is a Master of Public Policy candidate at the Hertie School of Governance and a Research Assistant at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change. Prior to joining Hertie she worked for three years at a Community Foundation as program manager and institutional outreach coordinator. She has a particular interest in inequality and education. She holds a BA in Psychology from Cornell University.

 

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