December 8th, 2017

Economic transformation through financial inclusion: Building the pillars of Bhutan’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy

Financial inclusion is now recognized as an important policy goal for sustainable poverty reduction and inclusive growth. In Bhutan, financial inclusion is regarded a fundamental and  essential prerequisite for achieving economic transformation for equitable and harmonious development.

In pursuing Bhutan’s…

November 27th, 2017

AFI network recognizes urgency to scale up climate finance, driving strong message from COP23

Continuing the momentum on climate finance, this year’s COP23 in Bonn concluded late last week with a comprehensive list of climate action pledges and initiatives. Some of the key positive outcomes include the following:

The global value of Green Bonds reached US$100 billion for the first time Bloomberg pledged US$50 million to move…

November 14th, 2017

Climate resilience takes spotlight in AFI, reflecting global discussion at UN Climate Change Conference

This year’s UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany is progressing with strong calls for countries to hold to the path of the Paris Agreement — a global effort that the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) is contributing to, with focus on financial inclusion, climate change and green finance.

Now ratified by…

November 7th, 2017

#AFIStories: Advancing women’s financial inclusion in Bangladesh & Solomon Islands

Significant progress has been made to improve access to finance for women, especially women entrepreneurs, by leveraging on MSME finance policies and other policy initiatives. Take a look at two case studies below that highlight challenges, opportunities and lessons learned in advancing women’s financial inclusion.

Leverage on MSME finance policies…

November 1st, 2017

#AFIStories: Nigeria & Tanzania bridges the financial inclusion gender gap in Africa

Policymakers and central bankers have a leading role to play in creating a more enabling environment to expand women’s financial inclusion.

How can they eliminate the persistent gender gap and expand access to financial services for both women and men? By integrating policies into national financial inclusion strategies and other policy…

October 31st, 2017

The Paraguayan experience with digital financial services

In April 2017, Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) and the Central Bank of Paraguay organized a workshop to analyze ways of increasing interoperability of means of payment in the country. The workshop brought together financial regulators and market players to chart out a direction for addressing issues with lack of interoperability. Today, Paraguay is on its way to solving these…

October 5th, 2017

2017 AFI GPF at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt: Diversity and Inclusion, at the Forefront of the Pyramid

“In our world diversity is an asset”, Dr. Alfred Hannig emphasised in his interview during the 9th AFI Global Policy Forum held this September in Egypt.

The 2017 GPF’s overarching theme was “Exploring Diversity, Promoting Inclusion.”  The theme and the event itself made me reflect on a speech “Reflecting Diversity,…

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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