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IFC and MCWG Partner to Accelerate Responsible Finance

In 2015, the Microfinance CEO Working Group (MCWG) joined the IFC as a private sector partner in the World Bank Group’s Universal Financial Access 2020 initiative. As such the MCWG committed its members to opening at least 70 million new accounts by 2020, a significant step towards reaching the ambitious inclusion targets set by the IFC and World Bank. This strategic partnership was complemented with a three year collaboration toRead More…

Mexico illustrates global drive toward advancing financial inclusion

Editor’s Note: On August 4, the Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project (FDIP) team launched the findings of the second annual FDIP report. The report highlights developments within the financial inclusion ecosystems of 26 diverse countries from spring 2015 through spring 2016. In this post, the FDIP team explores a number of advances within the financial inclusion landscape of one of its focus countries, Mexico, since the end of theRead More…

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Responsible Digital Payments: Reducing the risks that come with new opportunities

This blog was originally posted for the Better than Cash Alliance site, by Beth Porter and Ros Grady. It’s all at our fingertips. The possibility to make a payment. The delight of receiving one. From Peru to Rwanda to India, people, governments and businesses are increasingly making their payment transactions digitally, whether by mobile phone, by card or online. Technology has opened up opportunities to save time and money and toRead More…

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We are still in the Wild West with regards to data privacy, data protection, which data shall be used in a commercial way…this needs a lot of attention.

Wolfgang Bücker GIZ

We need to maintain the balance so that there is enough regulation, but at the same time, not too much regulation that could hinder innovation in digital finance

Jenny Chang Shanghai F-Road Commercial Services

We are trying to take this opportunity to take the lead not only for China, but also for other economies…

Sun Tao Ant Financial Services Group



Financial Inclusion and Financial Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean – Data and Trends

The report seeks to facilitate a deeper understanding of the financial systems in the region, combining aspects of sustainability and financial inclusion. The 2016 report includes information from 20 countries in the region (with a few exceptions) and presents information up to December 2015. The majority of information in the report corresponds to regulated financial intermediaries, except for data in the microcredit section. en Espanol   


The State of Microinsurance – the Insider’s guide to Understanding the Sector

The A2ii published an article in the new annual Microinsurance Network publication ‘The state of Microinsurance 2016’. In the article the A2ii gives an overview of its work in Peru, Columbia and Jamaica helping microinsurance market development though supporting the supervisory authorities in establishing an enabling regulatory environment. ‘The annual magazine is the result of a major initiative by the Network bringing together some of the most authoritative voices withinRead More…


Proportionate Regulatory Frameworks in Inclusive Insurance: Lessons from a Decade of Microinsurance Regulation

It is just over a decade since the first microinsurance regulation was introduced in India in 2005. In this booklet, we look back at what supervisory approaches have been undertaken since then, and draw lessons from the past. We also look forward and examine some of the ongoing and emerging challenges insurance supervisors find themselves confronted with, particularly with regard to formalization, data, government involvement, mass distribution and digital technology. InRead More…

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