Financial Inclusion

Tapping Into Developing Markets: New Business Call to Action Member Tapp Commerce Oy Brings Financial Inclusion to Southeast Asia

Press Release

New York/Turku, June 1, 2016 /3BL Media/  – Finland-based e-commerce network Tapp Commerce Oy has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA), with a commitment to integrate 500,000+ micro-entrepreneurs into its value chain and provide 10 million low-income consumers with access to mobile payments for services such as water, electricity and insurance by 2018. To achieve this, the company has pledged to make its TappMarket application available in nine emerging markets throughout Southeast Asia and beyond.

MetLife Foundation | In Our Communities

MetLife Foundation was founded in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement.
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While financial inclusion is our global focus, we are proud to sponsor initiatives in other philanthropic areas. Our impact expands beyond the financial health of our communities to support for medical research, arts and cultural institutions, disaster relief, and civic initiatives . The Foundation remains committed to being a positive force in every community where we work.

Learn more about our commitment to our communities in the MetLife Foundation Annual Report 2015 

Banking on Change Helps the World’s Poorest Save US$34M

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The ground-breaking Banking on Change partnership between Barclays and development charities Care International UK and Plan UK has helped more than 400,000 people save an astounding US$34m over the past three years. 

Over 70% of the people reached, who typically live on less than US$2 a day, are women and more than 300,000 are under the age of 35.

MetLife Foundation Commits $240,000 to Build an Interactive Financial Services Map

Online Map Produced by University of Kansas and University of Michigan
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MetLife Foundation announced a new program where researchers from University of Kansas and University of Michigan will lead a project to build a web-based, interactive map showing where financial services are located in communities across the United States and how the locations of these services affect individuals’ financial opportunity.

MetLife Foundation to support Access Academy Program at Asian University for Women

Foundation’s grant will provide more educational opportunities to socially and economically disadvantaged women
Press Release

Hong Kong, May 9, 2016 /3BL Media/ – The Asian University for Women (AUW) and MetLife Foundation announced today that MetLife Foundation will support AUW’s collegiate bridge-year program – Access Academy. This one-year flagship program helps prepare students for AUW’s rigorous, American-style undergraduate studies and also aims to recruit talented women who may have had limited access to high quality education.

MetLife Foundation Makes Significant Progress Towards $200 Million, Five Year Commitment to Financial Inclusion

Nearly $100 Million Disbursed by Year Three To Advance Financial Inclusion Around the Globe
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NEW YORK, Thursday, April 21, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Today, MetLife Foundation released its 2015 Annual Report, highlighting its activities and showcasing a broad array of partners, grantees and activities.

Life in a Banking Desert

By Terri Friedline and Mathieu Despard
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MetLife Foundation funds research that takes a deep dive into how low-income communities are becoming “banking deserts.” The project, known as “Mapping Financial Opportunity,” will provide a tool that policy makers at all levels, regulators, consumer advocates, families and others can use to search by zip code and learn more about the financial opportunity within their communities.

Metlife Foundation and Accion Launch New Management Training Program to Provide More than 1 Million Microfinance Clients in China with Better Services

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BEIJING, February 18, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Accion, with the support of the MetLife Foundation and in partnership with the Chinese Association of Microfinance (CAM), announced today the launch of its International Microfinance Management and Leadership Program. The new program aims to develop management and leadership capacity in microfinance in China. Through this program, Accion plans to extend the reach and quality of financial services and products to underserved entrepreneurs and communities throughout the country.

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