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Financial Inclusion

Poor people save, borrow, and make payments throughout their lives. But to use these services to their full potential—to protect their families and improve their lives—they need well-suited products delivered responsibly. Bringing this about requires attention to human and institutional issues, such as quality of access, affordability of products, provider sustainability, and outreach to the most excluded populations. Financial inclusion is a state in which all people who can use them have access to a full suite of quality financial services, provided at affordable prices, in a convenient manner, and with dignity for the clients. Financial services are delivered by a range of providers, most of them private, and reach everyone who can use them, including disabled, poor, and rural populations.

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Under the right circumstances, financial inclusion, stability, integrity, and consumer protection (collectively referred to as I-SIP) can be positively related, and the failure to consider any one of these objectives can lead to problems. Since 2012, CGAP has been exploring the relationships, or...
Bangladesh has been a global leader in financial inclusion. But are these gains reaching smallholder households? What are the constraints that hold farming families back? And where are the opportunities to better serve this diverse, important client group with the financial tools they need? To...
Despite the demand for vulnerability assessment for targeting purposes, there remains no standard definition or method of measuring vulnerability for economic strengthening (ES) interventions in USAID/PEPFAR guidance materials. The purpose of this literature review is to propose a set of guidelines...
Access to finance has been a chronic issue for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in many areas around the world, but the revenue capital approach is breaking barriers from Tunisia to South Africa and paving a pathway to progress for SMEs who don’t fit the bill for traditional banking and venture...
This review presents a synthesis of the literature on the impact of community-based microfinance approaches on the well-being of vulnerable children and youth, with a specific focus on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). It aims to collect, organize, and assess evidence for economic...