It has been two weeks since Financial Inclusion Week 2016 came to a close and we are excited to share a new Financial Inclusion Week Recap webpage which captures events, blogs, and insights from this year’s global conversation.
By the numbers, Financial Inclusion Week 2016 was a success. We had over 40 partner organizations in 19 countries hold events focused on the theme of keeping clients first in a digital world. Over 1,200 participants were engaged in these events worldwide. Beyond the in-person and online events, there were vibrant conversations on social media. Twenty-three #FinclusionWeek blog posts were shared by a variety of leaders in the industry and hundreds of tweets were exchanged with the week’s hashtag. We were thrilled by the breadth of the participants this year. Regulators such as the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority, fintech startups such as Artoo, research organizations such as Innovations for Poverty Action, development agencies such as ADA – Appui au Developpement Autonome, MFIs such as BRAC, and many more got involved.
Financial Inclusion Week 2016 was perhaps an even greater success beyond the numbers. Thanks to the 40 partner and contributing organizations, the week served as a reminder that it is possible to advance financial inclusion while keeping clients first. Participating stakeholders discussed ways to protect and empower clients in an increasingly digital ecosystem and presented many opportunities for doing so, from utilizing digital media for building financial literacy and capability in Nepal, to using data to better lend to smallholder farmers, to using digital products as a way to overcome consumer behavioral barriers in Kenya. It is clear that the quickly-expanding financial inclusion community is also expanding its understanding of the end-user.
We encourage you to head to the Financial Inclusion Week website to explore the insights, videos, photos, and blog posts coming out of the Financial Inclusion Week events. We hope that the conversation around keeping clients first does not stop here. Stay tuned for more event recap materials on the week’s site as well as a Financial Inclusion Round-up Electronic Magazine to learn more about the global conversation.
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