Financial Inclusion

Exponential Impact of Financial Inclusion: Building Economic Identities to Empower the Unbanked

MEDICIGlobal Head of Content

UNHCR reports that 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment, and freedom of movement.

In a world where nearly 20 people are forcibly displaced every minute as a result of conflict or persecution, the work of those attempting to give individuals power over their identities across borders is especially critical.

Ashish Gadnis and Jane Barratt discuss one of the most persistent and sharpest roadblocks faced by millions of people around the world – access to the formal financial system. Building economic identities for those without previous access to banking is a critical step towards a universally inclusive world, in which individuals are empowered to take control over their personal data, gaining a chance to access basic products and services to reach long-term resilience in the face of unexpected hardships.

“If you are trying to make the world a better place, financial inclusion is the key answer. But the definition should be less around giving more aid or more money to keep people poor; it’s more (about) connecting them to the supply chain by empowering them with data.” – Ashish Gadnis

Elena Mesropyan

MEDICIGlobal Head of Content

Elena is a research professional with a background in social sciences and extensive experience in consumer behavior studies and marketing analytics. She is passionate about technologies enabling financial inclusion for underprivileged and vulnerable groups of the population around the world. Elena has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Women in FinTech 2018. Prior, she has been ranked in the Women in FinTech Powerlist 2017.