Africa leaders urge closer ties amid post-COVID “better normal”

July 2nd, 2020

Africa leaders urge closer ties amid post-COVID “better normal”

Central banks in Africa are responding to COVID-19 by investing in practical solutions that bring disadvantaged groups into formal financial services, accelerating their ability to recover and build resilience against future crises, leaders said on 30 June.

During the first-of-its-kind AFI leaders virtual dialogue, leaders from 19 African central banks, finance…

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AFI’s Dr. Hannig opens launch of Haiti’s education plan

June 26th, 2020

AFI’s Dr. Hannig opens launch of Haiti’s education plan

AFI Executive Director Dr. Alfred Hannig opened the launch of Haiti’s National Financial Education Plan (Plan National d'Éducation et de Formation, or PNEF) on 25 June, a five-year strategy developed with support from the network’s in-country implementation program.

Banque de la République d'Haïti (BRH) has been an active principal member of AFI for over a decade. As a committed…

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Regulators offer durable solutions to include FDPs

June 25th, 2020

Regulators offer durable solutions to include FDPs

Forcibly displaced persons (FDPs) must be part of efforts to accelerate financial inclusion, despite COVID-19 pressures shifting focus towards meeting the needs of local populations, speakers said during a webinar on 23 June.

AFI Executive Director Dr. Alfred Hannig encouraged regulators to ensure support for FDPs at this globally challenging time, explaining that systematic…

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AFI Executive Director: Events in June – September 2020 

June 23rd, 2020

AFI Executive Director: Events in June – September 2020 

With movement restrictions and physical distancing remaining in place in many countries across the AFI network, AFI events scheduled from June to September 2020 will continue to be held virtually. Events scheduled from October to December 2020 may be conducted physically as planned, depending on the lifting of traveling and physical distancing measures. For ease of reference please…

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Congratulations working group members!

June 18th, 2020

Congratulations working group members!

Give yourselves a round of applause, working group members! Your continued hard work and dedication have made a real difference in our shared quest to make financial services more accessible to the world's unbanked.

As the backbone of AFI’s crucial work, it is important to acknowledge the contributions of working group members and recognize those who have led by example by demonstrating…

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COVID-19 “stress tests” digital ID infrastructure

June 15th, 2020

COVID-19 “stress tests” digital ID infrastructure

Digital infrastructure is not only rejuvenating economic activity amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, but also accelerating financial inclusion by addressing the needs of vulnerable groups, technical experts said during a webinar on 11 June.

Under the themes of digital identification (ID) and electronic Know-Your-Customer (e-KYC), speakers from across the AFI network and beyond took…

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AFI and Mastercard Foundation partner for COVID-19 Policy Response in Africa

June 13th, 2020

AFI and Mastercard Foundation partner for COVID-19 Policy Response in Africa

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – June 12, 2020 – Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, is implementing a COVID-19 Policy Response program in Africa in response to the devastating impacts of the global pandemic. 

The two-year project, which is commencing immediately, will focus specifically on micro, small and medium…

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FISPLG webinar discusses gender savings group responses to COVID-19

June 11th, 2020

FISPLG webinar discusses gender savings group responses to COVID-19

Financial inclusion, particularly for women, has a key role to play in both the mitigation, and social and economic recovery from COVID-19, AFI’s Chief Operating Officer Chee Soo Yen said as she opened AFI’s Financial Inclusion Strategy Peer Learning Group (FISPLG) technical webinar on 5 June 2020. Attended by over 130 participants, the webinar focused on solutions to the…

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Central banks must connect climate change and financial inclusion

June 8th, 2020

This article was published by Nikkei Asian Review on 5 June 2020.

Central banks must connect climate change and financial inclusion 

Extreme weather can wash away people's livelihoods

By Johanna Nyman, AFI Head of Inclusive Green Finance and Eric Zusman, Research Leader, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

In August 2019, Kerala in India faced a second straight summer of extended downpours and flooding. As…

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AFI launches second edition of IGF policy landscape survey

June 5th, 2020

AFI launches second edition of IGF policy landscape survey

As a global policy leadership alliance representing 100 members from emerging and developing economies, AFI has a responsibility not only to be part of the solution, but also provide a significant contribution when addressing climate change, one of the major global challenges, AFI Executive Director Dr. Alfred Hannig said in his address on the occasion of the launch of AFI’s latest…

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