Fintech for financial inclusion

Webinar: A Fintech Approach to Financial Inclusion



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November 2nd, 2017

UPDATED: Watch the webinar recording.

We are pleased to announce that BFA will be hosting a Financial Inclusion Week event, which will be part of a week of global conversation exploring the most important steps to achieving full financial inclusion.  Partners from around the world are holding conversations to explore this year’s theme New Products, New Partnerships, New Potential.

BFA will host a webinar focused on the benefits, challenges and insights of fintech approaches to financial inclusion as part of Financial Inclusion Week. The webinar will highlight key findings from three of BFA’s global programs: Catalyst Fund, FIBR and OPTIX.


Thursday, November 2nd, 2017


9:00 am to 10:30 am EST


Maelis Carraro – Catalyst Fund Program Manager and Associate at BFA

Abigail Steinberg – FIBR Program Manager and Senior Associate at BFA

Sushmita Meka – FIBR Learning Manager and Associate at BFA

Ashirul Amin – OPTIX  and Senior Associate at BFA




Catalyst Fund accelerates innovative and global early-stage fintech startups by providing flexible capital and tailored advisory engagements. Our intervention is designed to help the companies get to scale and access follow-on funding by partnering with impact and tech investors. Catalyst Fund also seeks to build the knowledge base to catalyze innovation and growth of the inclusive fintech ecosystem.

FIBR (Financial Inclusion on Business Runways) identifies and brings together fintechs, banks and other service providers to offer new financial services to low-income customers, through community-based channels such as agents, shops and employers.

OPTIX (Optimizing Performance Through Improved Cross(X)-Sell) works directly with four financial institutions to develop strategic and tactical thinking to optimize cross-selling strategies, such that customers actively use multiple products that are relevant to them and become dedicated, life-long customers of the institution.

Financial Inclusion Week will be held from October 30 – November 3, 2017. Overall coordination is led by the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI), an action-oriented think tank working toward full global financial inclusion and based in Washington, DC. Financial Inclusion Week aims to build momentum around addressing the most significant gaps in financial inclusion through a week of global conversation.


We encourage you to follow this week’s events on twitter and to tweet about your experience participating today.  The Hashtag is #FinclusionWeek.

Other Projects

Conversation on Remittances and Digital Finance
The Mastercard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion (SoFI)
Launch of Research: Refugees and Their Money
FIG Lunch and Learn Series: The Power of Data Science for Driving Performance of Financial Institutions
Daryl Collins presentation at the 3rd Annual Financial Inclusion Forum in Mexico 2017
Catalyst Fund Panel: Inclusive Fintech for Good
Updated January 2018