Financial Inclusion: A Foothold on the Ladder Towards Prosperity?

The World Bank Group has set an ambitious vision for achieving universal financial access by 2020. A recent IEG evaluation looked at the World Bank's experience in supporting financial inclusion over a seven-year period (FY07-FY13).  Despite the WBG's largely successful efforts, more could be done to extend financial services to the poor.  Two billion adults still don't have bank accounts, while an estimated 200 million micro and medium sized enterprises in developing countries lack access to affordable financial services and credit.

Join our panel of experts as they discuss IEG's findings and explore how the WBG and other partners are working together to improve financial access for the poor.

Infographic: Financial Inclusion A foothold in the ladder to prosperity?

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Camille Busette
Lead Financial Sector Specialist, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)
Gloria M. Grandolini
Senior Director, Finance & Markets Global Practice, World Bank Group

Elisabeth Rhyne
Managing Director, Center for Financial Inclusion


Stefan Apfalter
Senior Evaluation Officer, Independent Evaluation Group

Douglas Pearce
Lead Financial Sector Specialist, Finance and Markets Global Practice, World Bank Group


Monika Weber-Fahr
Chief Knowledge Officer and Senior Manager, Independent Evaluation Group

Martin Holtmann
Manager, Microfinance and Digital Finance, International Finance Corporation


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