Digital financial services help customers manage their financial lives. In many parts of the developed world, people take them for granted. The ability to organize finances online, or via a mobile phone, is very convenient. But for the world’s poor, access to digital financial services goes beyond convenience. It can be transformational.

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UNSGSA Queen Máxima Concludes Visit to Côte d'Ivoire to Support Digital and Financial Inclusion

UNSGSA Queen Máxima had the opportunity to meet with several members of a Village Savings and Loan Association, a group of 25 women living in Abobo, a suburb of Abidjan, while on a field visit on 13 June 2022. Photo credit Patrick Van KatwijkH.M. Queen Máxima of… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Visit Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal to Advance Financial and Digital Inclusion

UNSGSA Queen Máxima will visit Côte d'Ivoire and Senegal on 13-16 June to support efforts to boost digital and financial inclusion, along with financial health. The trip is the first in-person “country visit” she will take in her capacity as the UNSGSA since prior to the pandemic. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Attend World Economic Forum’s Davos 2022 Meetings

The UNSGSA’s activities will be centered around several key priority areas, including the pivotal role of digital and financial inclusion—especially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic—in contributing to good financial health, resilience and increased economic opportunities. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Visit Gates Foundation in Seattle

Her Majesty Queen Máxima will visit the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) in her role as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA) in Seattle on 6 May 2022. The UNSGSA will meet with senior representatives at the Gates… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Provide Virtual Keynote for Sustainable Banking and Finance Network Global Meeting

Policies that support underserved segments in the face of climate challenges within sustainable finance frameworks are critical. Read more

Opinion: Central Bank Digital Currencies for the People

With the rapid adoption of digital payment technologies, central banks have an opportunity to explore reforms and new tools, including by issuing their own digital currencies. Provided that policymakers get the design right, central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) could go a long way toward… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Concludes U.S. Visit to Promote Financial Inclusion, Financial Health Priorities

The final day of the trip was headlined by a bilateral meeting between UNSGSA Queen Máxima and UN Secretary-General António Guterres, where the pair discussed their ongoing collaboration to help advance UN priorities and generate positive development outcomes—notably in the face of ongoing impacts… Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Meets with Secretary Yellen, Other Key Officials and Development Partners in Washington D.C.

Day one of the trip took place on Wednesday in Washington D.C., where UNSGSA Queen Máxima reinforced to key decisionmakers the importance of inclusive finance, particularly during COVID-19 recovery efforts, as well as in building resilience to future shocks from economic and climate events. The Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima Set for 2-Day Visit to United States to Reinforce Importance of Financial Inclusion and Financial Health

Queen Máxima will promote financial inclusion in a series of meetings with U.S. and United Nations officials, along with other key stakeholders, on 23-24 March 2022. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Deliver Remarks at ABN AMRO Inclusive Banking Report Presentation

The event and report aim to raise awareness about the barriers experienced by different female banking client groups in the Netherlands, as well as to discuss how to best address these barriers moving forward. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima-President Sall Call Focuses on Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion, Senegal’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy

The conversation also provided a chance for Queen Máxima and President Sall to follow up on key items from the UNSGSA’s virtual country visit with Senegal in 2021. Read more

UNSGSA Queen Máxima to Call for Increased Focus on Financial Health at European Supervisory Authorities Event

Queen Máxima’s speech will stress that good financial health should be the desired outcome of financial education and literacy efforts to enhance people’s financial planning and saving habits. Read more