Financial Inclusion Week 2023

Financial Inclusion Week (FIW) is an annual gathering of the global community working to advance inclusive finance. The four-day virtual event is a forum for exchanging ideas, research, and perspectives from around the world. The Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) convenes FIW each year and invites partner organizations to showcase work, share ideas on what’s ahead, network with others, and more. The community-driven agenda covers the most pressing topics in our space, helping to inform and advise global efforts to advance inclusive finance.

Financial Inclusion Week 2023 will take place virtually from October 16–19. Learn more at

FIW 2023

2023 THEME

Is Inclusive Finance Ready for the Accelerating Pace of Change?

The future is now, but are we ready for it?

Constant changes in digitalization, increased use of artificial intelligence (AI), frequent climate-related disasters, and a rapid rise in forced displacement are all here to stay. The inclusive finance community has been grappling with digitalization and AI for years, but most of the conversations to date have focused on decision-making tools and efficiency improvements. Now, AI is quickly expanding to all facets of financial services, presenting new opportunities and risks for operations and staff. Climate change is increasingly impacting people across the globe, with huge consequences for livelihoods and economies. Against this constant drumbeat of accelerated change, the potential for exclusion is ever magnified, especially for women, low-income, and other marginalized populations. If managed well, inclusive financial services can help individuals navigate these changes, and the innovations could lead to more inclusion rather than exclusion. But are we prepared? What steps must be taken to responsibly embrace change and capture the benefits while mitigating significant risks?

This year’s Financial Inclusion Week will discuss whether the inclusive finance sector is ready for this new era where digital is now the norm and AI and climate disasters are added to the list of constant threats. We invite speakers and participants to make FIW 2023 a provocative conversation. Some of the best sessions at last year’s event were those that presented differing views on a topic. This year, we’re looking for in-depth conversations, debates, panels, videos, and other types of creative sessions that raise hard questions about how the inclusive finance sector can adapt while keeping consumers at the center.

Submit your FIW 2023 session proposal here.

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