Addressing inequalities with EU-backed investment

How sustainable investment tackles inequalities and promotes financial inclusion in developing countries

High-level panel - Auditorium
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
09:30 to 11:00

Participants will discuss how sustainable EU-backed and private investments can address inequalities and leave no one behind by promoting financial inclusion. The focus will be on creating decent jobs and access to skills, services and finance, especially for women and young people. The following issues will be discussed.

  • The role of micro and small businesses;
  • Sustainable agriculture;
  • Off-grid sustainable energy;
  • Sustainable cities; and
  • Digitalisation.

Speakers will share experiences on how these investments can:

  • Make financial services more accessible and affordable;
  • Offer decent work opportunities and skills to all sections of society, in particular women and youth;
  • Address territorial and environmental inequalities; and
  • Help people access utility and digital services.

Organised by


Marjeta Jager
Deputy Director-General
European Commission - DG for International Cooperation and Development
Mary Ellen Iskenderian
President and CEO
Women's World Banking
Bruno Wenn
Chairman of the Board
Sandra Ajaja
Young Leader - Nigeria
Pierre Heilbronn
Vice-President for Policy and Partnerships
Zied Ladhari
Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation
Republic of Tunisia
Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu
The Tony Elumelu Foundation
Christian Danielsson
European Commission, DG NEAR