Financial inclusion: A catalyst for reducing inequalities

Reducing inequalities spurs economic growth

Lab debate
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
13:30 to 14:45

Financial inclusion is a target in eight of the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Financial inclusion reduces inequalities by reducing the number of unbanked people, estimated today at 2 billion, most of whom are underserved. It also spurs economic growth. Speakers will discuss the link between financial inclusion and reducing inequality in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals in Europe and in developing countries. They will also address the role that social enterprises can play in finding sustainable solutions. Speakers will analyse how financial inclusion tools and policies can target underserved populations, such as women and migrants, and discuss how digitalisation is both an opportunity and a threat to greater financial inclusion.

Organised by


Carine Valette
Senior Communication and Publications Officer
Sophie Maysonnave
Head of Unit for Financing for development, Innovation and Partnerships
French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
Gabriela Erice García
Senior Microfinance Officer
European Microfinance Platform
Craig Churchill
Chief of the Social Finance Programme
International Labour Organization
Karel Vanderpoorten
Policy Officer
European Commission - DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs