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The COVID-19 factor: pandemic risk could be transformative for financial and social inclusion

2020-07-08

AFI Executive Director Dr. Alfred Hannig talks to The Economist Intelligence Unit on how COVID-19 could be transformative for financial and social inclusion in some emerging markets.

Policy area: General FI

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Regulators offer durable solutions to include FDPs

2020-06-25

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.

Policy area: General FI

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AFI Executive Director: Events in June – September 2020 

2020-06-23

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.

Policy area: General FI

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Congratulations working group members!

2020-06-18

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 steadfast commitment, active participation and the ability to support and inspire others.

Policy area: Consumer Empowerment and Market Conduct, Digital Financial Services, Financial Inclusion Strategy, SME Finance, General FI

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COVID-19 “stress tests” digital ID infrastructure

2020-06-15

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.

Policy area: Digital Financial Services, General FI

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FISPLG webinar discusses gender savings group responses to COVID-19

2020-06-11

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.

Policy area: Financial Inclusion Strategy, General FI

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Central banks must connect climate change and financial inclusion

2020-06-08

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

Policy area: General FI

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AFI launches second edition of IGF policy landscape survey

2020-06-05

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.

Policy area: Balancing Inclusion, Integrity and Stability, Measuring Financial Inclusion, General FI, Emerging Financial Inclusion Areas

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2020 AFI GPF in Jordan postponed until 2021

2020-05-28

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.

Policy area: General FI

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

2020-05-17

AFI was quoted by Washington Post in their latest story about the rise of mobile money, particularly in Africa, where it targets those with no or limited access to the banking and financial system.

Policy area: General FI

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