Roundtable Discussion: Finance for All

Finance for All: A Round-Table Discussion

Thursday, October 4, 2018
12:30pm – 2:15pm
Armourer’s Hall, 81 Coleman St, London EC2R 5BJ

Supported by the Citi Foundation and the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion

Financial inclusion has become a big cause across the globe, and is increasingly becoming big business. It is also a risky business. Many of the markets where financial exclusion reigns are untested, the consumers lack financial sophistication, regulation may be unfriendly, and the technology may not always deliver what it says on the tin.

The CSFI has just conducted – with the support of the Citi Foundation and the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion – a survey of these risks using its tried and tested Banana Skins methodology. The result is Finance for All, which identified 18 areas of risk for service providers and ranked them by the scores given by respondents. Technology risk was the clear leader, with “FinTech” firms opening new opportunities and new risks across all the markets surveyed.

Leading the discussion will be:

  • Keyur Patel, a CSFI researcher and lead author of the report
  • Deborah Drake, Vice President, Investing in Inclusive Finance, Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion
  • Philip Brown, Managing Director, Risk, at Citi Inclusive Finance.

There will also be a discussion panel including Simon Long, International Editor of The Economist, who published his own special report on technology in financial inclusion earlier this year.
This will be an excellent opportunity to hear a hard-nosed discussion about the prospects for financial inclusion which takes account of the business case as well as the philanthropic.

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