This note explores how microfinance institutions and disability organizations can best contribute to increasing access to financial services for poor people with disabilities worldwide. After a brief discussion of the challenge and the opportunity, the concept paper advances several working hypotheses about steps the microfinance industry could take. This concept paper was the basis of a roundtable held on June 18, 2010 in Washington D.C. and the ideas presented within were the key areas of discussion.

Josh Goldstein

Former Vice President, Economic Citizenship & Disability Inclusion

Josh was part of the team that founded CFI in 2009. He served as the vice president and program manager for the Center’s Financial Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities initiative, where he spearheaded the development of the Framework for Disability Inclusion, which he helped launch at Fundación Paraguaya. As the Center’s global advocate for disability inclusion, Josh spoke about disability at conferences around the world, and worked closely with the United Nations on disability issues. He also oversaw a partnership with five MFIs in India and the Indian disability support organization v-shesh, for which he received a national award from NCPDEP in August 2014.

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