Center Organizes Event to Discuss Financial Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities

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In celebration of its 3rd anniversary, the Center for Financial Inclusion is organizing an after-hours event at its Washington, DC office. Guests can view a photo exhibit demonstrating disability inclusion in countries around the world, discuss disability inclusion in financial services, network, and enjoy wine and cheese.
Speaking at the event will be the Center’s Managing Director, Elisabeth Rhyne, joined by Joshua Goldstein, Principal Director for Economic Citizenship and Disability Inclusion, and Rosita Najmi, who is the Program Manager for the Financial Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities Program and for Financial Access at Birth (FAB).  Together they will discuss the existing landscape of disability inclusion in financial services around the world, introduce a road map for action by financial services providers, and invite guests to join in the efforts by discussing the path to disability inclusion.
Before and after the presentation, guests will be invited to view a photo exhibit commissioned by the USAID Disability Team to commemorate the 2010 United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The exhibit demonstrates disability inclusion in Cambodia, Ecuador, Kenya, Macedonia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uganda, United States, and Zambia and highlights case studies from Albania, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Egypt, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tanzania, and Vietnam.
785 million people 15 or older from around the world, nearly 15 percent of humanity, have a disability. Over 80 percent of these people live in developing countries. Yet, less than 1 percent of the clients of microfinance institutions, dedicated to serving the world’s financially excluded people, were found to be persons with disabilities. In order to reach full financial inclusion, the financial services industry must address the financial needs of the world’s disabled poor.
For more information regarding the Center’s work promoting equal and fair access to quality financial products and services by persons with disabilities, please visit our website or download a copy of the “Program Concept Note: A New Financial Access Frontier: People with Disabilities” (also available in Spanish) and the Program Briefing.
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