FI2020 Roundup E-Magazine

We are pleased to announce that FI2020 week was a huge success, including 34 partners, over 300 participating organizations, and over 700 participants in hosted conversations, and resulting in over 100 calls to action. A new Financial Inclusion 2020 e-magazine sums up the week, with a focus on event highlights, social media activity, and calls to action.

Accenture and CARE International UK hosted a roundtable in London to discuss the findings in their joint report “Within Reach: How Banks in Emerging Economies can Grow Profitably by Being More Inclusive.” The event was hosted in conjunction with the launch of the report, which proposes six key insights into how banks can effectively and responsibly capitalize on the opportunities of financial inclusion, and which is based on a diagnostic analysis of 30 banks across 12 developing countries.

Accion and its partner in Nigeria, Accion Microfinance Bank: How to expand financial inclusion in Africa’s largest country -- increasing the scale of the microfinance banking sector, savings mobilization, MSME credit delivery, and potential opportunities in digital payments and channels.

Accion’s Channels & Technology team hosted a webinar discussing the results of their Digital Field Application (DFA) Case Study, examining the business case, implementation process and effects for three MFBs around the world.

Accion’s Harvard Business School Program engaged with program alumni through a webinar on high-level findings from the FI2020 Progress Report on Financial Inclusion.

Accion’s Latin America hub convened stakeholders to explore how to best include and address the needs of especially vulnerable population segments in the region

AVAL Consulting hosted a webinar focused on the financial capability of persons living with disabilities in Ecuador, with the goal of establishing clear action steps for improving this critical life skill in the short and long term.

BRAC engaged local government officials in Bangladesh by inviting them to observe their microfinance operations and discussing how microfinance fits into broader development goals.  Additionally, BRAC held an internal debate with staff on the value of microfinance.

CGAP presented a session with GRID Impact entitled “Design is Not Enough: Using behavioral economics to improve financial services for the poor"

A CGAP/Bankable Frontier Associates/FSD-Africa event in Nairobi focused on the opportunities and risks for retail credit, which has potential to help those Africans who are in the “cusp” segment to move up and build assets but also includes the threat of backsliding. 

Good Return hosted two events -- a Manila conference workshop on gender and a Cambodia workshop with the National Bank of Cambodia on their joint Consumer Financial Awareness Campaign.

The Helix Institute hosted a webinar exploring microfinance institutions’ use of digital finance.

Innovations for Poverty Action hosted a webinar showcasing the latest rigorous evidence on innovations in financial capability and financial services for the poor.

Institute of International Finance hosted a session on the role of technology and innovative approaches to broaden access to financial services at the IIF Africa Summit in Johannesburg. 

LeapFrog Investments convened stakeholders to explore how measurements and insights drive customer understanding, financial performance, and greater scale in financial inclusion.

The Microfinance Club of New York hosted a public event in New York exploring the roots and future of interest free lending with a panel of experts on the subject.

MIX hosted a webinar focused on the Voice of the Client (VoC) project, a pilot developed for MFIs to leverage mobile technologies as a means to analyze client satisfaction.

Multilateral Investment Fund launched a report on what has been learned from a recent impact evaluation on savings groups in Latin America and hosted a webinar to share these findings and learnings on how savings groups can be linked to financial intermediaries. Watch the webinar.

The Munich Re Foundation and Microinsurance Network held their annual conference in Casablanca, Morocco, providing a concentrated space for practitioners, researchers, insurers, and policymakers to explore together how to advance the use of insurance as a risk management tool in developing countries.

Tagattitude How digital banking is transforming the financial inclusion landscape in Africa.

Vision Fund Zambia and Financial Sector Deepening Zambia (FSDZ): Promoting financial inclusion by leveraging Savings Groups and Microfinance Institutions.

The World Savings and Retail Banking Institute: Making small savings work for  customers and service providers.