More than 2.5 billion adults lack access to formal financial services. But technology’s potential for financial inclusion and improving livelihoods is being heralded, particularly as mobile-phone use grows.
Digital payment innovations are moving to the fore. Mobile-phones have become popular, emerging as tools to access funding in remote areas and participate in the formal financial system. Also, ID cards are being issued with e-payment functionalities.
EURACTIV invites you to explore the following questions:
- How can financial services infrastructure help the world’s poorest people?
- How can financial services infrastructure play a greater role in humanitarian aid/disaster relief?
- How can global institutions – particularly European- based policymakers and regulators – help the rollout of financial services infrastructure in the developing world?
- What priority should be given to this post-2015?