Financial ecosystems and the move toward equity

Sidian Bank customer accessing mobile banking app on cell phone

John Villasenor, nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies and the Center for Technology Innovation, discusses his new report on digital and financial inclusion.

“I think almost all countries these days believe in the value of financial inclusion,” Villasenor argues. “But to go beyond the high-level statement that financial inclusion is a goal to the more nuts and bolts task of actually implementing the policies and creating the regulatory environment to actually promote it takes time and commitment. Those are the kinds of things that, to actually advance financial inclusion, need to happen.”

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Show links: 

The 2016 Brookings Digital and Financial Inclusion Report

The 2015 Brookings Digital and Financial Inclusion Report

Smartphones for the unbanked: How mobile money will drive digital inclusion in developing countries

Thanks to audio producer Mark Hoelscher and producer Vanessa Sauter, and also thanks for additional support from Jessica Pavone, Eric Abalahin, and Rebecca Viser.

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