Inclusive Finance India Summit

Access to financial services plays a critical part in facilitating economic growth and reducing income inequality. Inclusive financial systems allow poor people to smoothen their consumption and insure themselves against economic vulnerabilities they face – from illness and accidents to theft and unemployment. Financial inclusion enables poor people to save and to borrow – allowing them to build their assets, to invest in education and livelihoods opportunities, and thus to improve their quality of life. Inclusive finance especially benefits disadvantaged groups such as women, youth, and rural communities.

For all these reasons financial inclusion has gained prominence in recent years, across the world, in many countries as a policy objective to improve the lives of the poor. Recognizing that 2.5 billion adults worldwide are ‘unbanked’ the World Bank has put forward a vision for achieving universal financial access by 2020. More than 50 countries, including India, have made ambitious commitments to financial inclusion targets.

Location: New Delhi, India

Dates: December 5, 2016 - December 6, 2016