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Regulators urged to boost MSME credit access as COVID lingers

2020-12-11

Financial regulators must ramp up efforts to make finance more accessible to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME), particularly those owned by women, speakers said at virtual member training.

Policy area: General FI

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Kenya-based Pezesha wins AFI Inclusive FinTech Showcase!

2020-12-11

Kenya-based financial technology (FinTech) firm Pezesha has won first place at the 2020 AFI Inclusive FinTech Showcase, after impressing AFI members and our panel of expert judges with an online pitch on how their solution is leading innovation in financial inclusion.

Policy area: General FI

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CEFI, the online training for financial inclusion by AFI and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

2020-12-10

In collaboration with the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, AFIis launching the seventh session of its online training module, ‘Certified Expert in Financial Inclusion Policy (CEFI)’.

Policy area: General FI

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Global conference launches new IGF paper, next steps

2020-12-08

Raising awareness among stakeholders, building internal capacities, and encouraging financial literacy among customers are just some of the efforts needed at a national level in inclusive green finance (IGF), participants said at the Third Global IGF Conference.

Policy area: General FI

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Developing-developed country peers share inclusive FinTech, COVID-19 lessons

2020-12-07

Developing and developed country regulators shared practical experiences on harnessing the potential of financial technology (FinTech) to deepen financial inclusion at a virtual event jointly organized with Bank of Thailand (BOT).

Policy area: General FI

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Banco de Moçambique & AFI are co-hosting the Third Global Inclusive Green Finance Conference 2020

2020-12-03

Banco de Moçambique and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) are organizing the Third Global Conference on Inclusive Green Finance (IGF) on 3 December 2020. Governor of the Banco de Mocambique Rogério Zandamela and AFI Executive Director Dr. Alfred Hannig will provide opening remarks.

Policy area: General FI

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AFI kicks off ASEAN digital financial literacy workshop

2020-11-27

Digital financial literacy is a critical enabler in the digital adoption of financial services, offering significant opportunities to accelerate financial inclusion among vulnerable groups, AFI said at a workshop it co-hosted with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Working Committee on Financial Inclusion (WC-FINC).

Policy area: General FI

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COVID-19 fast-tracking financial literacy for resilience building

2020-11-26

COVID-19 has accelerated the need to promote financial literacy as an essential tool for individuals to manage their financial affairs and build greater resilience, speakers highlighted at virtual member training on national financial education strategies (NFES).

Policy area: General FI

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Financial inclusion elevated at European Microfinance Week

2020-11-20

Financial inclusion was one of the key topics at European Microfinance Week, held on 18-20 November, where staff from AFI’s management unit highlighted various achievements from across the network in addressing the challenges facing consumer protection and savings as well as vulnerable groups, such as forcibly displaced persons (FDPs).

Policy area: General FI

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AFI members explore central bank digital currency opportunities

2020-11-16

AFI members explore central bank digital currency opportunities Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) propelled by broader trends, offer opportunities to accelerate digitization for emerging and developing economies amid COVID-19, speakers said at a virtual event on 12 November.

Policy area: General FI

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