September 15th, 2017

Sun sets on groundbreaking #afiGPF

It’s a wrap! The sun is setting on a groundbreaking week at the 2017 Global Policy Forum (GPF). Among the highlights of the day were the launch of the AFI Africa Regional Office and informative session discussing how financial inclusion can mitigate the risk of climate change.

And during the closing ceremony, it was revealed that the Central Bank of the Russian Federation will co-host the 10th…

September 14th, 2017

Taking a step forward at the #afiGPF

It’s a day to remember at the 2017 Global Policy Forum in Sharm El Sheikh. Today marks a milestone with the launch of the Financial Inclusion in the Arab Region Initiative (FIARI). The regional initiative is using financial inclusion as a driving force for sustainable economic and social development, aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Take a visual look at the day's…

September 13th, 2017

Setting milestones at the 2017 AFI Global Policy Forum

It’s warm days at Sharm El Sheikh!

The 2017 AFI Global Policy Forum (GPF) takes a powerful turn during the commencement of the 2nd AFI Annual General Meeting (AGM) focusing on core financial inclusion topics including gender and climate change. As always, we’d leave you with a compilation of photos from the day’s events. Yalla!

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September 12th, 2017

A look at the 2017 AFI Global Policy Forum so far

Salaam from yet another day at Sharm El Sheikh! In addition to internal meetings with Working Group members, the 2017 AFI Global Policy Forum (GPF) picked up momentum with a news conference packed with over 80 journalists from international, regional and local media. Take a look at photos from the day’s events!

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September 11th, 2017

Diversity is an asset at the 2017 Global Policy Forum (GPF)

Salaam from Sharm El Sheikh! The 2017 AFI Global Policy Forum (GPF) is warming up with participants arriving from different parts of the world. Today and tomorrow are focused on invitation-only meetings for Regional Initiatives and Working Groups. 

Today’s invitation-only meetings include the African Financial Policy Initiative (AfPI), Pacific Islands Regional…

August 24th, 2017

The following post was first published by Mobile Money and has been cross-posted here with permission. 

Closing the gender gap in mobile money. A regulatory and policy outlook

Mobile money is a key tool for women empowerment and can contribute to reduce the financial inclusion gender gap. As such, bridging the gender gap in mobile money

August 18th, 2017

The following post was first published by TransferTo and has been cross-posted here with permission. 

Economic heroines: Empowering women in emerging markets using Digital Financial Services

In today’s society, it’s staggering that nearly 50% of women across the globe do not have access to formal financial services, lacking even the rudimentary tools to manage their money. Up until now, a large majority of women in emerging markets…

August 16th, 2017

National Reserve Bank of Tonga: Efforts to promote financial inclusion has been globally recognized

If you are serious about the expansion of financial services to all sections of society, then it is about time to take on the Maya Declaration journey as the benefits of financial…

July 21st, 2017

The following post originally appeared on the Omidyar Network blog. It has been cross-posted here with permission. 

Why We Invested: Alliance for Financial Inclusion

A big differentiator of Omidyar Network’s approach to investments is our hybrid model. We believe that big, systemic challenges can be solved by harnessing the power of markets and backing innovative entrepreneurs and their ideas with patient capital and the support they…

June 20th, 2017

Financial Regulators and the Global Forced Displacement Crisis: a Shared Responsibility


The global forced displacement crisis is undoubtedly one of the most pressing challenges facing both global bodies and national policymakers today, manifest in developed and developing countries alike. According to data from the United Nations High…