What is Financial Inclusion?


 
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What is Financial Inclusion?
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands

As explained above, microfinance was an initial, PRIVATE effort pioneered by Muhammad Yunus to reduce poverty by giving impoverished entrepreneurs access to microcredits and other financial products and services.
In 1976 Yunus started the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. In 2006 the Grameen Bank and its founder Yunus were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
However, according to the United Nations (UN), three billion people around the world still do not have access to formal financial services like savings accounts, credit, insurance, and payment services. More than half the population in developing countries and more than 80 percent of households in most of Africa are financially excluded.
On 29 December 2003, Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said: ”The stark reality is that most poor people in the world still lack access to sustainable financial services, whether it is savings, credit or insurance.
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