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We are excited to announce the dates for the second annual Financial Inclusion Week, which will take place during the week of October 17-21, 2016. That week organizations around the globe will host conversations focused 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.

With rapidly expanding use of mobile and smart phones, an unprecedented number of traditionally excluded or underserved people are accessing financial services for the first time. While this presents an amazing opportunity for providers, regulators, and consumers alike, clients must remain first in this newly digital world for benefits for all sides to be attained. Financial Inclusion Week will give the sector an organized framework to step back and ask what needs to happen for clients.

How can you get involved?

Financial Inclusion Week is driven by partner organizations. Last year, organizations including Innovations for Poverty Action, MasterCard, Vision Fund Zambia, Micro Pension Foundation, Multilateral Investment Fund, and more hosted 30 events worldwide. The week’s events can take many forms – from roundtables to webinars to conferences – and can address a wide range of topics related to the overall theme. You can see a full list of last year’s partners and events on the Financial Inclusion Week website, along with a recap in our Financial Inclusion Week E-Zine, and a full range of outputs from last year’s conversations.

We are now calling for Financial Inclusion Week partners for 2016 – this is where you and your team can join to help shape the conversation. We invite organizations from all parts of the financial inclusion community to join in, including banks, insurance companies, payment companies, telecommunication companies, policymakers, regulators, NGOs, microfinance institutions, investors, financial inclusion support organizations, financial capability experts, and fintech companies. Partners will host conversations focused on keeping clients first in a digital world, and will receive a toolkit of Financial Inclusion Week materials to aid in their preparation. The idea is that each partnering organization will use this opportunity as a way to engage their own internal or external stakeholders.

If you are interested in becoming a partner please visit the Financial Inclusion Week 2016 web page where you can learn more about the week and fill out an initial interest form. You can also reach out directly to Allyse McGrath at amcgrath@accion.org with any questions you may have.

Overall coordination of Financial Inclusion Week is led by CFI through the Financial Inclusion 2020 initiative.

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