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Access to Financial Services as a Driver for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
14 September 2015
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Effective use and access of available, affordable, convenient, quality, and sustainable financial services contributes to poverty reduction and economic and social development, say UNCTAD in a new Policy Brief.


Financial inclusion - the effective access to and use of available, affordable, convenient, quality and sustainable financial services - central to poverty reduction and to inclusive and sustainable development, is an enabler of the post-2015 development agenda. Still, many remained without a bank account in 2014.

This Policy Brief aims to highlight several components of a best-fit policy mix to expand financial inclusion.

Key points:

  • New technologies and innovative business models have great potential to overcome access barriers.

  • Governments have a central role in the policy mix - including macroeconomic, trade, industrial and other policies - and regulatory framework to extend supply and affordability of services, and to expand demand for financial services, towards financial inclusion in support of the real economy.

  • Actions towards financial inclusion could contribute to facilitated, speedier, safer and less costly transfer of remittances, the importance of which is also recognized within the sustainable development goals (SDGs).


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