Sub-Saharan Africa

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Winners of AFI’s first-ever FinTech showcase take a bow

2019-09-13

Congratulations to agricultural insurance provider OKO for taking first place in AFI’s first-ever FinTech showcase at the 2019 AFI Global Policy Forum (GPF). Chosen by popular vote, OKO won over GPF participants with its innovative product and pitch, beating stiff competition from nine other financial technology (FinTech) firms. 

Policy area: Digital Financial Services, Emerging Financial Inclusion Areas

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Three ceremonial gongs wrap 2019 AFI GPF in Kigali

2019-09-13

Governor John Rwangombwa, from co-host National Bank of Rwanda (BNR), officially closed the 2019 AFI GPF by ringing the ceremonial gong three times. In his closing speech, he thanked the participants and organizers while offering some parting words of wisdom for his peers.

Policy area: General FI

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Climate change youth activist urges regulators to act now!

2019-09-13

Climate change youth activist urges regulators to act now!   Fifteen-year old climate change activist Leah Namugerwa urged participants at the 2019 AFI Global Policy Forum (GPF) to respond with haste to the current climate emergency, reminding them that it is the youngest generations who will suffer most from inaction.

Policy area: General FI, Emerging Financial Inclusion Areas

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AFI hails first Gender Ambassadors for supporting diversity

2019-09-13

AFI hails first Gender Ambassadors for supporting diversity AFI welcomed its first Gender Inclusion Ambassadors at the 2019 AFI Global Policy Forum (GPF), recognizing the members who are fulfilling their Denarau Action Plan commitments and striving to support greater diversity within their institutions and close the financial

Policy area: Measuring Financial Inclusion, General FI, Emerging Financial Inclusion Areas

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AFI global network expected to adopt Kigali Statement at 2019 GPF

2019-09-10

AFI member institutions are expected to adopt the Kigali Statement at the upcoming 2019 AFI Global Policy Forum (GPF), co-hosted by the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) and AFI under the theme of “Using Technology for Inclusion of Women and Youth”.

Policy area: General FI, Emerging Financial Inclusion Areas

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Graduates celebrate completing leadership & diversity program

2019-09-09

Cheers and applause broke out as the graduates of the first-ever Leadership and Diversity Program for Regulators received their certificates of accomplishment on September 9 ahead of the official opening of the 2019 AFI Global Policy Forum (GPF) in Kigali, Rwanda.

Policy area: General FI

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Members convene for regional initiative EGFIP meetings

2019-09-09

Members convene for regional initiative EGFIP meetings Ahead of the official opening of the 2019 AFI Global Policy Forum (GPF), AFI member institutions convened in Kigali, Rwanda, for a series of closed meetings on September 9 held exclusively for members taking part in regional initiatives.

Policy area: General FI

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Luxembourg signing will help bolster financial inclusion across the African continent

2019-09-06

On 6 September 2019 the Ministry of Finance of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg signed a letter of understanding (LOU) with the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) to launch a new multi-donor collaboration framework that will help bolster financial inclusion across the African continent.

Policy area: General FI, Emerging Financial Inclusion Areas

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Bank of Zambia advances women’s financial inclusion with milestone survey results

2019-05-09

The Bank of Zambia (BoZ) marked a major step in advancing women’s financial inclusion after unveiling the results of a landmark survey that found women in Zambia inherently face more challenges in accessing formal financial products and services.

Policy area: Measuring Financial Inclusion, General FI

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Gender & youth must feature in policy interventions to achieve financial inclusion, AFI’s DED Mumba closes FISPLG & SMEFWG in Zambia

2019-04-05

Gender and youth must be factored into financial inclusion interventions to mobilize the world’s unbanked into formal financial services, AFI Deputy Executive Director, Norbert Mumba stressed in his closing remarks.

Policy area: SME Finance, General FI

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