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February 23, 2024
Plans ongoing for AFI’s 2024-2025 Arab Region initiative
February 23, 2024
Plans ongoing for AFI’s 2024-2025 Arab Region initiative
AFI’s Arab Region Financial Inclusion Policy Initiative (ARFIPI) has defined its priorities for the next two years. Discussions focused on how to support target populat
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February 14, 2024
AFI’s African Regional Office is working to boost financial lit
February 14, 2024
AFI’s African Regional Office is working to boost financial lit
AFI’s African Regional Office holds training sessions in Abidjan, designed to build the general public’s awareness of how to manage their personal finances.
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February 13, 2024
Cooperation a priority for AFI’s Eastern European and Central A
February 13, 2024
Cooperation a priority for AFI’s Eastern European and Central A
AFI’s Eastern Europe & Central Asia Policy Initiative (ECAPI) holds its first virtual meeting of the year, to share insights and outline priorities for 2024 and beyond.
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February 7, 2024
Inclusive green finance builds climate resilience, AFI’s experi
February 7, 2024
Inclusive green finance builds climate resilience, AFI’s experi
AFI Executive Director, Dr Alfred Hannig has called on countries to ensure that vulnerable populations have access to financial services to build climate resilience, and
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January 24, 2024
AFI’s Arab Region policy initiative takes shape 
January 24, 2024
AFI’s Arab Region policy initiative takes shape 
In coming weeks, Arab region cooperation on financial inclusion will take a step forward with the launch of AFI’s Arab Region Financial Inclusion Policy Initiative (ARF
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December 19, 2023
A Pacific Island mentality is sparking global progress on financi
December 19, 2023
A Pacific Island mentality is sparking global progress on financi
Pacific Island nations are playing a key role in advancing the global agenda on financial inclusion, said AFI Executive Director, Alfred Hannig, as he concluded a week lo
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December 18, 2023
Building financial resilience to climate impacts in Vanuatu 
December 18, 2023
Building financial resilience to climate impacts in Vanuatu 
Inclusive green finance was top of the agenda when Noel Vari, Acting Governor of the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu, met AFI Executive Director, Dr Alfred Hannig, to assess Vanu
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December 15, 2023
Affordability and accessibility at the heart of Tonga’s financi
December 15, 2023
Affordability and accessibility at the heart of Tonga’s financi
On 13 December in Nuku’alofa, AFI Executive Director Dr. Alfred Hannig and Tatafu Moeaki, Governor of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, celebrated the soft launch of
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December 14, 2023
Fiji’s financial inclusion progress highlighted during AF
December 14, 2023
Fiji’s financial inclusion progress highlighted during AF
On 11 December, AFI Executive Director, Alfred Hannig and Fiji Reserve Bank Governor Ariff Ali, met to discuss the country’s growing financial inclusion ambitions. The
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December 13, 2023
Building students’ awareness of financial inclusion in Abidjan
December 13, 2023
Building students’ awareness of financial inclusion in Abidjan
On 8 December, AFI’s  held a financial inclusion awareness session for students from the Université Félix Houphouet Boigny in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.  
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Blogs

February 14, 2024
Why El Salvador is banking on Environmental and Social Risk Manag
February 14, 2024
Why El Salvador is banking on Environmental and Social Risk Manag
83 percent of Salvadoran banks and financial institutions (FIs) consider climate change to pose a significant risk to the quality of their credit portfolios. Aware of thi
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January 16, 2024
Embedding sustainability across the banking sector: Egypt’s Inc
January 16, 2024
Embedding sustainability across the banking sector: Egypt’s Inc
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January 10, 2024
In Bangladesh, financial inclusion is driving climate resilience
January 10, 2024
In Bangladesh, financial inclusion is driving climate resilience
Bangladesh, on the frontline of climate change, is transitioning to a greener and more inclusive financial system, with the country’s central Bangladesh Bank (BB) playi
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January 3, 2024
Central bank digital currency: lessons from The Bahamas  
January 3, 2024
Central bank digital currency: lessons from The Bahamas  
In October 2020, The Bahamas launched the world’s first central bank digital currency (CBDC), the SandDollar. Three years on, as CBDC testing and development takes off
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December 19, 2023
Gender Inclusive Finance has become a top priority for AFI member
December 19, 2023
Gender Inclusive Finance has become a top priority for AFI member
During 2023, the Gender Inclusive Finance Committee (GIFC) witnessed how substantial progress has been made in advancing women’s financial inclusion through gender resp
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December 14, 2023
There can be no financial inclusion without sustainability
December 14, 2023
There can be no financial inclusion without sustainability
By aligning a commitment to social and environmental responsibility in the financial system, with the goal to financially include women, countries can make real progress
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December 11, 2023
The global rush to crypto should set central bank alarm bells rin
December 11, 2023
The global rush to crypto should set central bank alarm bells rin
Of the many solutions being touted to achieve financial inclusion for all, one of the most intriguing is digital assets. The narrative goes that cryptoassets will provide
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December 11, 2023
Digital financial services are breaking down access barriers, but
December 11, 2023
Digital financial services are breaking down access barriers, but
The rise in digital financial services, fuelled by mobile technologies, represents a major opportunity to advance financial inclusion. But as digital wallets become wides
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December 11, 2023
How financial inclusion can help combat climate displacement
December 11, 2023
How financial inclusion can help combat climate displacement
In 2022 alone, natural disasters displaced over 36 million people across the globe, forcing them to abandon their homes in search of new livelihoods. How can financial in
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November 28, 2023
How can we get refugees to adopt digital financial services? Less
November 28, 2023
How can we get refugees to adopt digital financial services? Less
Hosting refugees is part of Jordan’s DNA. It has the second-highest refugee population per capita in the world. Throughout the country’s history, it has experienced s
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Speeches

February 26, 2024
Regional Joint Learning Program on Developing and Implementing Fi
February 26, 2024
Regional Joint Learning Program on Developing and Implementing Fi
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February 26, 2024
Regional Joint Learning Program on Developing and Implementing Fi
February 26, 2024
Regional Joint Learning Program on Developing and Implementing Fi
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December 4, 2023
AFI Joint Learning Program on Inclusive Green Finance Policy Impl
December 4, 2023
AFI Joint Learning Program on Inclusive Green Finance Policy Impl
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October 30, 2023
BoU-AFI Regional Training on Financial Inclusion of Forcibly Disp
October 30, 2023
BoU-AFI Regional Training on Financial Inclusion of Forcibly Disp
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September 25, 2023
SARFII Leader’s Round Table – Opening remarks by Governor
September 25, 2023
SARFII Leader’s Round Table – Opening remarks by Governor
Since the inauguration of SARFII a year ago, during AFI’s GPF 2022, member institutions have worked towards the mutual goal of promoting financial inclusion in the Sout
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September 15, 2023
AFI Global Policy Forum – Opening remarks by Governor of th
September 15, 2023
AFI Global Policy Forum – Opening remarks by Governor of th
It is a real honour for me to welcome you all this morning as the incoming Chair of the AFI Board. I am privileged to be in the company of distinguished guests and partic
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September 15, 2023
AFI 2023 Global Policy Forum – Opening remarks by AFI Executive
September 15, 2023
AFI 2023 Global Policy Forum – Opening remarks by AFI Executive
The Global Policy Forum is a joyful occasion. Last year, when the gong was being carried away from Jordan to the Philippines, my feeling was that AFI was going home.
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September 14, 2023
Opening of the 2023 AFI Global Policy Forum – Welcome Remar
September 14, 2023
Opening of the 2023 AFI Global Policy Forum – Welcome Remar
About 700 delegates from over 70 countries signed up for this year’s Global Policy Forum. We thank you all for joining us here.
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September 13, 2023
9th Pacific Island Regional Initiative (PIRI) Meetings – Op
September 13, 2023
9th Pacific Island Regional Initiative (PIRI) Meetings – Op
In our journey towards progress, let us not forget the transformative potential of technology and innovation. We must continue to harness these forces responsibly, ensuri
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July 5, 2023
SARFII Leaders Roundtable, Collaboration and Partnerships: Advanc
July 5, 2023
SARFII Leaders Roundtable, Collaboration and Partnerships: Advanc
Collaboration and Partnerships: Advancing Digital Financial Inclusion Amid Economic Uncertainty
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