CGAP's Regional Perspectives on Financial Inclusion

Mar 14, 2013, 09:30 ET from CGAP

CGAP blog series identifies unique financial inclusion priorities across all regions

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a current blog series, CGAP's regional representatives comment on the highlights in financial inclusion from a regional perspective. Every region has its own unique landscape of issues, and this series identifies the priorities in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America, East Asia and the Pacific and the Middle East and North Africa.



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Priority issues differ greatly between regions. In Eastern Europe, for example, concerns persist over a growing confusion between commercial, high-interest consumer finance and traditional social purpose microlending. In Latin America, however, concerns are focused on increasing consumer debt and the possible development of a debt bubble. Other posts in the series address the economic opening of Myanmar, the commitment of the Nigerian government to bring financial exclusion down 20% by 2020, and political/economic progress in the Middle East.

While operating as a global organization, CGAP has regional teams working in countries across the world that help to advance CGAP's priority areas at a local and regional level. They deepen outreach and advocacy efforts, collect on-the-ground market intelligence, and integrate local priorities into CGAP's global agenda.