Online book launch: Serena Natile's new book

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A book launch for Serena Natile's 'The Exclusionary Politics of Digital Financial Inclusion. Mobile Money, Gendered Walls'

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Co-Organised by the Centre for Global Law and Innovation (CGLI) of the University of Bristol and the Centre for Law, Regulation & Governance of the Global Economy (GLOBE) of the School of Law of the University of Warwick, we are delighted to be hosting a book launch for Serena Natile's The Exclusionary Politics of Digital Financial Inclusion. Mobile Money, Gendered Walls (Routledge 2020).

This is an excellent piece of decolonial feminist scholarship that critically assesses digital financial inclusion in Kenya, in the context of the development and widespread adoption of the mobile money project M-Pesa. The event will include a presentation of the most salient findings of the book by the author, a discussion by two reputed academics and a question and answer session with attendees. This event will be of interest to all those concerned about the socio-legal implications of the adoption of digital technologies, not only in the area of Fintech, but also more generally.

The Author

Dr Serena Natile is an Assistant Professor at the School of Law of the University of Warwick. Serena’s research interests lie in the areas of gender studies, law & development, global political economy, finance and digital technologies. In her research, Serena brings together socio-legal enquiry, critical political economy analysis and feminist and decolonial methods to examine issues relating to coloniality, social reproduction and (mal)distribution and, more generally, the relationship between law and social (in)justice. Serena has published on gender equality in international law, law and development, financial inclusion and the regulation of digital technologies.

The Book

The Exclusionary Politics of Digital Financial Inclusion. Mobile Money, Gendered Walls examines and critiques the narratives and institutions of digital financial inclusion as a development strategy for gender equality, focusing on Kenya’s path-breaking mobile money project M-Pesa. M-Pesa facilitates the transfer of money and access to formal financial services via the mobile phone infrastructure and has grown at a phenomenal rate since its launch in 2007 to reach about 80 per cent of the Kenyan population, becoming an archetype of digital financial inclusion in the Global South. Through a socio-legal enquiry that draws on feminist political economy, law and development scholarship and decolonial feminist debate, this book unravels the narratives and institutional arrangements that frame M-Pesa’s success while interrogating the relationship between digital financial inclusion and gender equality in development discourse. It argues that M-Pesa is premised on and regulated according to a logic of opportunity rather than a politics of redistribution, favouring the expansion of the mobile money market in preference to contributing to substantive gender equality via a redistribution of the revenue and funding deriving from its development.

The book will be discussed by:

Dr Jayanthi Lingham, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies of the University of Warwick

Lyla Latif Khan, Lecturer in Law, University of Nairobi, and researcher at the Cardiff Law and Global Justice Centre

The Q&A session will be facilitated by Dr Clair Gammage and Professor Albert Sanchez-Graells, CGLI Co-Directors.

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