Financial Inclusion: The Next Move Forward

Monday, January 19, 2015

The purpose of this conference will be to take stock of the progress that has been made so far in promoting financial inclusion, and to examine the next moves forward, throughout the United Kingdom, internationally and in SME and trade finance. There will also be a session devoted to the role of digital and mobile technologies.

Plenary sessions will address the following topics:

  •  Inclusive growth vs risk taking: strategic and regulatory issues
  • How far will technology facilitate financial inclusion 
  • Banking the under banked -Improving access to good financial advice and helping individuals manage their money
  • Transnational issues (including correspondent banking, trade finance)
  • Funding prosperity/Financial inclusion and business – SMEs, CDFIs,

They will examine the following questions: 

  • Why are they important and what are the implications for financial inclusion?
  • What is the evidence? 
  • What could banks do themselves to help address the problems identified? 
  • What can they do indirectly/in partnership with others?  
  • What should be left to non-bank alternatives? 
  • What can regulators/politicians do?

The closing panel session will draw together the conclusions of the sessions and try to identify really tangible ‘Next Steps’.


This conference should be attended by senior executives from financial institutions, think tanks, NGOs, charities, church groups, telecommunications firms,central and local government departments; together with politicians, regulators, and professional advisers.