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New Study on Financial Inclusion, the 2018 Global Microscope, Shows Countries in Latin America and Asia Provide the Best Environments for Financial Progress

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  • Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Phillipines and India have the most conducive environments globally for financial inclusion, driven by a high degree of government coordination
  • Rwanda and South Africa stand out for the best environments among countries in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Gaps in connectivity infrastructure and digital identification systems represent a barrier for the expansion of digital financial services in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • E-money is making inroads in countries that allow market entry to a variety of providers
  • Technology introduces new opportunities and new risks, and most countries still must increase their commitment to cybersecurity and develop their capacity to enforce data privacy protections
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  • Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Phillipines and India have the most conducive environments globally for financial inclusion, driven by a high degree of government coordination
  • Rwanda and South Africa stand out for the best environments among countries in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Gaps in connectivity infrastructure and digital identification systems represent a barrier for the expansion of digital financial services in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • E-money is making inroads in countries that allow market entry to a variety of providers
  • Technology introduces new opportunities and new risks, and most countries still must increase their commitment to cybersecurity and develop their capacity to enforce data privacy protections

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NEW YORK, February 26, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Global nonprofit Accion and MetLife Foundation announced today a new partnership to advance financial inclusion for underserved individuals around the world. The project – Building Financial Capabilities and Strengthening Institutions through Customer-Centered Innovations – aims to enhance financial customer engagement by building their capabilities. MetLife Foundation is providing $5.4 million in funding to support the program.

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