Training opportunities

02- 27
eWorkshop on Financial Inclusion and Sustainable Development

Monday, November 2, 2020 to Friday, November 27, 2020

Recently, inclusive economic growth and sustainable development have gained traction as a development policy paradigm in the developing countries. In parallel to this development has been the wider and growing recognition of the key role of inclusive finance in the development process and the need to address the strong existence of financial exclusion in the developing countries to bind the potential of finance for achieving sustainable development. In December 2015, the UN General Assembly reinforced the critical role of financial inclusion for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is a general consensus among different stakeholders that financial inclusion is a pre-requisite and key enabler for attaining most of the SDGs. Therefore, financial inclusion is referenced in seven of the 17 SDGs.

What is remarkable of the sustainable development in the field of finance is that financial inclusion is topping the agenda of most national-level policymakers including financial sector regulatory bodies, despite the fact that financial inclusion has historically not been within their core work. The developing countries especially the Arab world has witnessed an increased momentum in policy dialogue and national initiatives to address financial inclusion.

At the end of the e-workshop, participants will be expected to:

  • Develop a critical appreciation of the interactions between various microfinance and financial inclusion areas functions (rural development, technology and economic growth).
  • Develop a critical understanding of why financial inclusion is imperative to economic growth and sustainable development.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the elements required to build long-term success in financial inclusion, and how participants can contribute to the fostering of long-term value creation.
  • Develop knowledge and critical understanding of the theories, concepts and models of different financial inclusion areas.