Mark Field, MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, will be leading a 90-minute debate on microfinance on Tuesday 26th January.
Mr Field is a member of the APPG on Microfinance, as well as being the MP for members of the London RESULTS group and the new RESULTS head office.
Earlier this month, Mr Field wrote a long article about microfinance which you can read on his website. In this article, he notes that “Microfinance can help poor people protect themselves from risk, escape debt and live in a sustainable way by creating small enterprises.” Microfinance, he believes, is also “a development technique that encourages responsibility and independence, [and] is a form of assistance that is more likely to garner the support of the British taxpayer – especially if it is put to work in some of the UK’s poorest communities.”
Mark Field made reference to RESULTS, who along with a local microfinance practitioner, have helped to develop his interest in microfinance.
If you would like to watch the debate on microfinance, you can do so through the Parliament Live website which allows you to watch live and archived debates from both Houses of Parliament. The microfinance debate will be held in Westminster Hall at 9.30am on Tuesday 26th January.