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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COVID-19 highlights need for cybersecurity frameworks

June 4th, 2020

COVID-19 highlights need for cybersecurity frameworks

Financial institutions must put into place comprehensive and up-to-date guidelines on how to effectively and securely manage technology, speakers told AFI members during member training on 3 June. This was especially important as high number of staff working from home was exposing loopholes in existing cybersecurity frameworks.

Delivering a presentation at the 5th Experts Group on…

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ECAPI experts outline major financial inclusion achievements

June 3rd, 2020

ECAPI experts outline major financial inclusion achievements

Expert members from AFI’s Eastern Europe & Central Asia Policy Initiative (ECAPI) gathered for their bi-annual meeting during which they outlined recent significant progress and agreed on next steps in the pursuit of achieving financial inclusion goals.

The 5th Experts Group on Financial Inclusion Policy (EGFIP), co-hosted by the Central Bank of Armenia (CBA), kicked…

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CBA, AFI kick off 5th ECAPI EGFIP

June 1st, 2020

Central Bank of Armenia & AFI kick off 5th ECAPI EGFIP 

Central Bank of Armenia and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) are organizing the 5th Experts Group on Financial Inclusion Policy (EGFIP) Meeting on 1–3 June 2020, the first AFI regional initiative to be held virtually given the magnitude of the global crisis posed by COVID-19.

Financial sector regulators and policymakers from seven countries represented by AFI’s…

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2020 AFI GPF in Jordan postponed until 2021

May 28th, 2020

2020 AFI GPF in Jordan postponed until 2021


The Alliance for Financial Inclusion’s (AFI) Board of Directors has agreed to postpone the 2020 AFI Global Policy Forum (GPF), co-hosted with the Central Bank of Jordan, to minimize risks involved following the outbreak of COVID-19. Originally due to be held on 7–11 September 2020 in Dead Sea region, the AFI Board made the decision to postpone the network’s flagship event until 2021 based on…

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AfPI experts encourage agent banking, financial education

May 21st, 2020

AfPI experts encourage agent banking, financial education

Experts from AFI’s African Financial Inclusion Policy Initiative (AfPI) highlighted support for agent banking and financial education as priority emerging topics and challenges amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. As key drivers of sustained access to digital financial services (DFS), especially for disadvantaged groups, they were focal discussion points during the 5th Meeting of AfPI’…

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The coronavirus is upending cash economies. Mobile money could emerge as the winner.

May 17th, 2020

This article was published by The Washington Post on 15 May 2020.

The coronavirus is upending cash economies. Mobile money could emerge as the winner.

By Miriam Berger 

When Lagos went into lockdown last month, banks in Nigeria’s bustling financial hub shut their doors. But many agents who offer financial services informally, crucial commerce for the city’s impoverished communities, continued to work using mobile payment apps…

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BigTech crucial to staving off “further exclusion”

May 15th, 2020

BigTech crucial to staving off “further exclusion”

Digital finance is supporting individuals, small businesses and governments amid the global economic downturn by enabling financial services, e-commerce, social assistance and greater collaboration between public sector stakeholders, speakers said during a webinar held exclusively for AFI working group members.

In addition to contactless and remote payments, digital infrastructure is…

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