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Event Date Mon Nov 1 EDT - Thu Nov 4 EDT (8 months ago)
Location Virtual Event
Region All

The Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) invites submissions for Financial Inclusion Week 2021, taking place November 1-4, 2021. Now in its 7th year, Financial Inclusion Week (FIW) is an annual gathering of the global community working to advance inclusive finance.

FIW 2021 will be convened under the theme, “Inclusive Finance: Driving Prosperity in an Era of Uncertainty.” As a global community, we have witnessed the power of financial inclusion in helping people cope with the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Government-to-person payments were distributed at a level never before seen, using innovative approaches to identify recipients and disburse payments. With support from their investors, financial service providers worked closely with clients to restructure outstanding debt and provide information services on the health crisis. And fintech providers rapidly innovated to serve clients in the complex and evolving context of the pandemic.

Amid the crisis, we remain optimistic about the role financial services play in building financial resilience and helping people navigate difficult situations. Yet the crisis is far from over and threatens to reverse years of progress in reducing extreme poverty. We remain committed in our resolve to work toward a world in which all people are able to use financial services and access economic opportunities to improve their lives. And to do so requires partnership, learning from each other, dialogue, and community. This is the ambition of Financial Inclusion Week.

CFI welcomes submissions from organizations interested in participating in FIW. Sessions in previous years have been hosted by financial service providers (fintech, microfinance institutions, commercial banks, etc.), international development organizations, investors, governments, academics/researchers, media organizations, and more. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Women’s financial inclusion
• Climate change and the role of financial inclusion in mitigation and adaptation efforts
• Government to person payments, including opportunities and risks of rapid digitalization
• Consumer protection in the digital era, including new tools for monitoring and supervising risks
• Financial health, including building resilience and financial capability
• Data for financial services, including opportunities and potential risks
• Rise of fintech, platforms, and embedded finance and their role in inclusive finance

Sponsors & Partners

2021 Sponsor

• Accion