Thursday April 19, 2012
Many of the world's poor are currently "unbanked." This means that women in rural towns need to travel hundreds of miles to the nearest bank in order to safely receive money from overseas relatives. This also means that farmers do not have insurance for their crops when floods and drought wipes out their earnings. Without access to savings accounts, loans and remittances, people have a hard time managing their finances, coping with risks and disasters, and improving their economic opportunities. A new Global Financial Inclusion Database counts who is and isn't banked.
The G20 under the Mexico Presidency in 2012 has called for action through country commitments and action plans to significantly raise financial inclusion, and the World Bank can commit to support countries in turning those commitments into reality on the ground. If countries are serious about lifting their citizens out of poverty and protecting them from uncertainty, the "financial inclusion" gap must be closed. Everyone should have the ability to become financial citizens.
Replay the event as a distinguished panel of experts moderated by international journalist Femi Oke discussed how countries and citizens can make financial inclusion happen.
- Robert Zoellick | President, The World Bank
- Jose Antonio Meade | Minister of Finance, Mexico
- Betty Mwangi | Chief of Financial Services, Safaricom
- Peter Sands | Group Executive, Standard Chartered
Join Leora Klapper, a lead author of the new report "Measuring Financial Inclusion: The Global Findex Database", in a one hour live Question & Answer chat on May 2nd to discuss the revealing findings of this new report.
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What can this panel do to help me getting started a financial inclusion project around the trust built near farmers groups in Senegal, niger, burundi to name a few?
Sorry for being blunt..
What is the World Bank doing to support African institutions to educate the unbanked on the basics of money management and measures to fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities?
To make eventually 'Financial inclusion' a success, it is necessary to determine factors at each level of hierarchy, who is critical for what? and to hit solution there. Should such hierarchy be developed and World Bank is having such research project?
Dr. Sapovadia Vrajlal
Poor people need a range of financial services, often savings and insurance more than credit. But credit is most profitable and many microfinance institutions are reluctant to provide anything beyond a one-size-fits-all credit product. What can the World Bank do to push the sector beyond credit?
How can we as individuals help? I was directed to your website when actually looking into the microloans having been sent a World Vision flyer.
Please keep me posted, tell me what type of roles can be done remotely and in different time zones, as am happy to help voluntarily.
Granted that financial inclusion is important from many dimensions. But there is growing evidence linking entrepreneurship development and sustainable financial inclusion.Why does it appear that there is so much less focus on it within the financial inclusion discussion?
Microfinance seems to have created a dependancy syndrome on the poor how do we move from this position and get people out of the debt trap that microfinance has created. What can the World Bank do
Financial inclusion begins with a citizen's trust in an institutions. How can the poor in developing countries trust the financial architecture that created the current mess, as rich countries actively prevent financial reforms of the governance framework?
from @devmarkets countries can close the gap by harnessing remittances by educating recipients at the place where they collect money (financial institution). Can the World Bank work with other development agencies and the p sector to develop scalable and sustainable solutions in this area?
Shouldn't financial education go hand in hand with any financial inclusion initiative?
Financial inclusion should lead to empowerment of women, and gender equality. ....But in many cases, for those few where access to such services are created, gender relations worsen. What approaches need to be adopted to avoid such negative outcomes...??
What are the biggest obstacles facing financial inclusion and can they be solved solely by microfinance institutions or is the help of non-financial institutions needed?
Egypt, Arab Rep.
What about bitcoin?
Are regulations such as OFAC FATF FATCA optimal to balance between protecting global citizens from terrorism and crime, and helping financial inclusion and economic growth?
Financial inclusion begins with a citizen's trust in financial institutions. How can the poor in developing countries trust the very architecture that created the financial mess, as rich countries actively prevent financial reforms of the governance framework?
How is the Worldbank enhancing the use of mobile money transfer systems/saving systems, such as M-PESA in Kenya' to deepen/widen financial inclusion in poor countries.