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5 - 6 November 2014 | Hilton Kuala Lumpur #FinEdSummit 

Expanding Opportunity through Financial Capability:
Urban Innovations and Partnerships

The rapid pace of urbanisation, particularly in developing countries, has had a substantial effect on both economic activity and socio-economic cohesion. The reorientation of populations towards urban areas, along with other fast-changing demographic trends – including influxes of migrant workers and the increasing numbers of youth and older people that are settling in cities -- are creating new challenges, particularly for those with lower incomes. At the same time, enabled by technological advances, the potential for economic opportunity and mobility is substantial. Large-scale programmes combining the strengths of the public and private sectors and civil society are required to help low-income population segments benefit from this potential and gain greater financial access and inclusion in the formal economy.

If residents are to achieve their financial goals, it is imperative that programmes focus on increasing their financial capability and assets. Many national and city governments are partnering with providers to test and scale innovative models that promote financial capability through short and long-term savings products, remittances, technology platforms and mass media. While many of these programmes are showing promising results, much more needs to be done.

The Citi-FT Financial Education Summit, supported by the Citi Foundation and organised in partnership with the Pearson Foundation and the Financial Times, has been for more than a decade the leading, annual global forum on innovations and best practices in financial capability.

This year’s event will highlight the importance of financial capability among lower income populations within rapidly changing urban environments. It will also present promising models of cross-sector urban partnerships designed to deliver greater economic progress, maximising scale and impact.

The Summit will:

  • Showcase technology-driven solutions and refined approaches that embed financial education through mass media and other platforms.
  • Examine initiatives that integrate financial capability within the daily activities of urban communities and promote financial inclusion.
  • Assess the viability of replicating model public-private partnerships that can most efficiently achieve success at scale.
Join more than 250 representatives of non-profit organisations, financial services providers, government agencies, regulatory bodies, multilateral institutions, microfinance institutions, consumer advocacy groups, educational organisations, and businesses for this milestone event.


Hamdan Abdul Majeed
Executive Director
Think City, Malaysia

Jennifer Hughes
Asia Financial Correspondent
Financial Times

Timothy Ogden
Managing Director, Financial Access Initiative
New York University

Anjali Sakhuja
Deputy Executive Director

Philip Seah
Prudential Assurance Malaysia Berhad

Joanne Yoong
Senior Economist and Director, Center for Economic and Social Research (East), University of Southern California, and Assistant Professor
National University of Singapore