November 24th, 2020

This article was published in G20 publication in November 2020.

Opportunity in every crisis
By Dr. Alfred Hannig, AFI Executive Director The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened the financial and economic chasms between men and women, yet opportunities exist to strengthen the gender lens when developing…

November 20th, 2020

Sex-disaggregated data narrows the financial inclusion gender gap

By Dr. Settor Amediku (Co-Chair of FIDWG & Director of Payment Systems, Bank of Ghana) and Taty Azman (Policy Analyst, Policy Program and Regional Initiative, AFI)

Sex-disaggregated data is shaping fiscal and regulatory policies to accelerate financial inclusion for women, build evidence-based financial inclusion policymaking and enable the effective chronicling of…

October 21st, 2020

DFSWG: 10 years of paving our digital future

By Maya Taylor, Web Content Writer, AFI

This blog emerged following a discussion with Yury Bozhor (Bank of Russia), Raymond Estioko (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas), Ricardo Estrada (formerly at Superintendencia de Bancos de Guatemala and AFI), Clarissa Kudowor (Bank of Ghana), Sulita Levaux (AFI), Mikhael Mamuta (Bank of Russia), Ghiyazuddin Mohammad (AFI), Elly Ohene-Adu (formerly at Bank…

October 17th, 2020

New risks are emerging, so are opportunities

An interview with Walid Ali, Central Bank of Egypt and Audrey Hove, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe

Since the formation of the Inclusive Green Finance Working Group (IGFWG) at the 2019 Global Policy Forum (GPF) in Kigali, Rwanda, Walid Ali from the Central Bank of Egypt and Audrey Hove from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe formed the dynamic duo steering AFI’s newest working group.

AFI caught…

September 29th, 2020

GSPWG: 10 years of progress achieved & challenges ahead


By Robin Newnham, Head of Policy Analysis, AFI

AFI’s Global Standards Proportionality Working Group (GSPWG) has made crucial contributions in advancing peer learning between members and global standard setting bodies (SSBs) on the practical application of global standards in alignment with financial inclusion goals, strategies and policies.

Global standards are…

September 28th, 2020

NFIS Policy Model: codifying best practices

By Dieter De Smet, Financial Inclusion Strategy Policy Manager, AFI

Members unanimously ratified the National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) Policy Model at the AFI Annual General Meeting on 9 September 2020, providing key regulatory and policy guidance on NFIS development and implementation.

Codifying over 10 years of developing and implementing NFIS to further members’…

September 23rd, 2020

This article was published by NextBillion on 22 September 2020.

COVID-19: Burden or Boon for Financial Inclusion?

Editor’s note: This article is part of NextBillion’s series “Enterprise in the Time of Coronavirus,” which explores how the business and development sectors are responding to the pandemic. For news updates and analysis, virtual events, and links to useful resources related to the COVID-19 crisis, check out our coronavirus…

September 4th, 2020

FIDWG: 10 years of data to improve policy & regulation

By Taty Azman, Policy Analyst and Luis Trevino, Senior Policy Manager, AFI

AFI’s Financial Inclusion Data Working Group (FIDWG) has forged the network’s path to develop a common framework that harnesses data to accurately track and assess the access, usage and quality of financial inclusion policy interventions and regulations.

At its core lies the AFI Core Set Policy…

September 3rd, 2020

Celebrating 10 years of working groups

By Maya Taylor, Web Content Writer, AFI Communications 

Congratulations to AFI’s pioneering working groups on turning 10 this year!

Digital Financial Services Working Group (DFSWG), Financial Inclusion Data Working Group (FIDWG) and Global Standards Proportionality Working Group (GSPWG) have worked tirelessly over the past decade to establish themselves as gamechangers in the exploration…

August 28th, 2020

Financial Inclusion – True and Equitable

By Ghiyazuddin Ali Mohammad, Senior Policy Manager, Digital Financial Services, AFI

“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly”  – Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from Birmingham Jail

The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor that sparked protests and civil unrest in the United…