Session 1

1A: What does a Financial System for the Poor Look Like?


Examination of the factors from different economies which prevent the formal financial system from providing adequate services to the poor/underserved (e.g. KYC/eKYC regulations, e.g. cost to serve)

What are the economic implications of a financial system which is designed specifically to meet the needs of the poor/underserved?

What are the case studies which demonstrate attempts at creating pro-poor financial systems (e.g. cash-lite villages, neo-banks)? What can we learn from these case studies? 

How would such a financial system enable enhanced opportunities for women and entrepreneurs?

How are institutional frameworks restricting opportunities for formal and semi-formal financial services providers from cooperating?

1B: A Financial System for the Underserved
Building the Framework


How will the framework address demand-side barriers of adoption (i.e. need, trust in financial institutions, affordability, convenience, literacy/awareness, etc.)?

What could a transitional finance system look like?

What critical elements of the transitional financial system need to be addressed by the framework, including recognition of the diverse situations of the poor (i.e. poor women, small hold farmers, aging populations, etc.)?


Session 2

1C: A Financial System for the Underserved – Progress in Asia and the Pacific