Financial Inclusion Resources

Explainers

  • Following the Money: How Financial Inclusion Gets Funded — An annual survey of international funders of FI projects, compiled annually by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP). The 56 funders in the survey committed more than $31 billion to FI projects in India, Turkey, Indonesia, Egypt, Peru, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Publications

  • A Phoneful of Dollars – The world’s poor need the stability and security that banks have traditionally offered, but increasingly they do not need banks to provide it. The Economist, Nov. 15, 2014.
  • Financial Inclusion in India: Moving Beyond Bank Accounts – Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s national mission of financial inclusion envisions bank accounts for all Indians. But as difficult as that goal is, there’s much more to FI than having an account. [email protected], Sept. 18, 2014.
  • Aging and Financial Inclusion: An Opportunity – A report on the unmet financial needs of the world’s rapidly growing older population. The report was prepared by the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI) and HelpAge International, with the support of the MetLife Foundation.

Financial Inclusion Resource Centers

  • Multipliers of Prosperity — FI-related articles and videos, curated by MetLife Foundation in partnership with The Wall Street Journal Custom Studios.
  • The Guardian – The FI section of the Guardian newspaper’s Global Development Professionals Network. The network, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is a place for nongovernment organizations (NGOs), aid workers and development professionals to share knowledge and expertise.
  • 2020 Project – The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI) is a think tank that supports initiatives to achieve complete financial inclusion around the world. The project’s website is an information hub; find fresh insights, trends and developments in 2020 magazine.
  •  Citigroup – An aggregation of FI reports, organized by year of publication.