Welcome to Financial Inclusion Week 2018! Now in its fourth year, we are pleased to see how FIW has become a focal point to assess the progress towards greater financial inclusion around the globe. This year, we chose the theme Getting Inclusion Right to celebrate the great strides we’ve made as well as address the issues and challenges that remain to date.
We would like to thank our partners, as well as our sponsors and supporters, for making Financial Inclusion Week possible. As you browse through this year’s calendar of events, you will find various opportunities to engage with experts, thought leaders, and your fellow peers on key topics such as disruptive technologies, consumer protection, and responsible finance.
To join the FIW conversation, be sure to add our hashtags #finclusionweek or #gettinginclusionright to your tweets and we'll add them to our homepage feed. Also, check out the CFI Blog for daily, thematic posts that explore how our community has progressed, the current state of affairs, and what the future holds in store.
We hope this special week is one of learning, discovery and collaboration toward "getting inclusion right!”
The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion
To kick off Financial Inclusion Week 2018, Tess Johnson, research associate at the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, sat down with CreditMantri co-founder Gowri Mukherjee for a conversation highlighting the fintech perspective on getting inclusion right. CreditMantri is a fintech company based in Chennai, India that aims to reinvent the credit landscape by giving consumers access to responsible and transparent credit.
For the second part of our Financial Inclusion Week 2018 podcast series, Tess Johnson, research associate at the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, sat down with Accion in the U.S. CEO Gina Harman for a conversation highlighting the domestic U.S. perspective on getting inclusion right. Accion in the U.S. collaborates with all four Accion U.S.-based lending organizations to reach entrepreneurs on the ground and online with the latest innovations in mission-based small business lending.
For the final part of our Financial Inclusion Week 2018 podcast series, Tess Johnson, research associate at the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, sat down with former CFI Fellow and Independent Consultant Alexis Beggs Olsen for a conversation highlighting a specific case study on getting inclusion right. This episode, based on our publication Uniting Tech and Touch: Why Centaur Products Are Better for Consumers and Providers – Evidence from Kenya, explores both some remaining obstacles and concrete solutions to getting effective human touch right in Kenya’s digital financial landscape.