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Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems


Financial Inclusion Week 2016


London, United Kingdom
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Oct 17, 2016 (Mon) - Oct 21, 2016 (Fri),


About the Week:

During the week of October 17-21, 2016, stakeholders across the globe will organize and participate in conversations exploring the most important steps to achieving full financial inclusion, a state in which everyone who can use them has access to a full suite of quality financial services, provided at affordable prices, in a convenient manner, with respect and dignity. Within this vision, financial services are delivered by a range of providers, in a stable, competitive market to financially capable clients.

Events will focus on how to ensure that clients are empowered and protected in a financial ecosystem that has moved beyond brick and mortar to cell phones and internet delivery channels. Last year, from November 2-6, 34 partner organizations engaged in conversations worldwide to discuss the most pressing actions needed to advance financial inclusion globally. In 2016, we aim to continue these conversations and engage an even wider community of stakeholders to discuss this year’s theme:  keeping clients first in a digital world

How to Get Involved :

Hold a Conversation: As a Financial Inclusion Week partner, your objective will be to host a multi-stakeholder conversation related to the theme keeping clients first in a digital world. The goal is to build momentum around addressing the most significant gaps in financial inclusion, and to ensure that Financial Inclusion Week is shaped by the key actors who can advance inclusion. The link to register as a Financial Inclusion Week partner can be found here.

We welcome you to pick the format that works best for you. That may be a larger event or a smaller conversation that could occur in person, by conference call, or by Webinar. The most important thing is that your event fulfills our common purpose of having conversations that are significant for advancing financial inclusion.

Talk to a Client: Given this year’s theme of keeping clients first, we are also doing a call for client visits.  We encourage you to organize client visits for you and your staff, donors, or other partners – either in addition to or instead of hosting an event.  This will provide an opportunity for you to hear directly from your clients on how they are engaging with digital financial services, and what they need from providers and support organizations.

Share the Client Perspective: Given this year’s theme, we will highlight the client perspective throughout the week.  Submit client quotes and photos to Sonja Kelly at skelly@accion.org and they will be shared on the Financial Inclusion Week website. 

Join a Webinar or Watch Live-Streaming Events: Stay tuned for a full list of all events including webinars, online conversations, and in-person events that will be streamed live.  We strongly encourage individuals to participate in whichever webinars strike them as most interesting. 

Share Your Insights on Social Media: You don't need to attend an event to be a part of Financial Inclusion Week.  During the week there will be a vibrant conversation happening on twitter and being captured on this site under the hashtag #finclusionweek. We encourage you to share your thoughts on how to keep clients first in a digital world


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