Asia-Pacific Forum on Financial Inclusion
The 2013 Asia-Pacific Forum on Financial Inclusion was held recently on Batam Island, Indonesia. The Forum focused on mobile and branchless banking, retail payment systems, remittances, legal frameworks for secured lending, financial identify and data flows, innovative institutional frameworks and financial education, and consumer protection.
The Informal Economy
Most of the poor find their livelihoods in the informal economy. For this reason, FDC supports financial inclusion and 'pro-poor' private sector development. People in the informal economy need access to financial services, while the grassroots of the private sector consists of 'micro' and 'survival' enterprises. It's time we gave more attention to how the informal economy works.
PACIFIC MICROFINANCE WEEK 2013
Pacific Microfinance Week, an initiative of the Microfinance Pasifika Network, took place recently in Nadi, Fiji. This landmark event comprised a week-long series of events including workshops, field visits, seminars, and a formal conference, providing the region’s most comprehensive platform for Pacific financial sector stakeholders to share knowledge, network and engage in technical exchanges to further the effective, efficient and sustainable delivery of financial services within the unique constraints of the region.