#AFITurns10: A decade of financial inclusion

Celebrating 10 years of bringing smart policies to life

Over 10 years ago, a team gathered for a retreat in Seattle, United States to map out a single shared dream on a drawing board. The Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) had humble beginnings but since receiving their initial grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AFI has flourished to become a leading global network of financial policymakers from developing and emerging countries. And today, looking back in awe and looking forward with hope for so much more — 10 years later, AFI is still here tirelessly advocating financial inclusion.

“We needed to think out-of-the-box because we did not have a point of reference for a project of this kind and no experience in this field for a global initiative to learn from. Essentially, we had to start from scratch.”
Dr. Alfred Hannig, AFI Executive Director

To mark AFI's 10-year celebration, we sat down with Executive Director, Dr. Alfred Hannig for a walk down memory lane to reflect on AFI's early years and its decade of impact on financial inclusion. Read more from Dr. Hannig.