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December 1-2, 2016 the U.S. Department of the Treasury and USAID will host the 2016 Financial Inclusion Forum by convening a diverse group of leaders from the U.S. and foreign governments, financial institutions and other corporations, and nonprofits to chart a recommended approach to financial inclusion during the next administration. For the second year in a row, mSTAR is thrilled to support the Treasury and USAID at the forum. Building on the successes of the 2015 Financial Inclusion Forum, the 2016 event will be a two-day convening focused on evidence, best practices, and emerging trends around four key themes: enabling environment, agriculture & power, education & health, and humanitarian assistance & resilience.
In a brief interview, Shailee Adinolfi, digital finance expert, technical advisor for mSTAR, and key coordinator for the Financial Inclusion Forum shares what she’s looking forward to at this year’s Financial Inclusion Forum and what makes for a winning session submission.
Q: Last year’s Financial Inclusion Forum featured private and public sector participants like United States Secretary of the Treasury, Jack Lew, JPMorgan Chase, PayPal, Intuit, Accion, Gates Foundation, and the Coca-Cola Foundation. What were the highlights?
Shailee Adinolfi (SA): Two high-level outcomes from last year’s forum were 1) a deeper-level dialogue between the public and private sector in ways to achieve financial inclusion through working together in specific areas, such as testing innovations, and 2) increased coordination within the U.S. Government on both domestic and international policy and programming.
Q: What are you most excited for this year?
SA: This year, I’m most excited to learn ways in which USAID implementing partners, like FHI 360, can support achievement of the sustainable development goals through our financial inclusion programs.
Q: What are you looking for in a call for proposal submission?
SA: I’m looking for approaches that have demonstrated impact over time and can be scaled to achieve greater financial inclusion, as well as innovations that are showing early signs of success, but require more testing and research.