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MAP - Making Access Possible for Financial Services - Global Workshop

Thursday, 27 October 2016 23:19 Written by 
  • Location(s): South Africa
  • Type(s): Solution
  • Theme(s): Inclusive and sustainable growth
  • SDG(s): 10. Reduced Inequalities
  • Locations in Africa: South Africa
  • Types in Africa: Solution
  • Themes in Africa: Inclusive and sustainable growth
  • SDGs in Africa: 10. Reduced Inequalities

Making Access Possible (MAP) is a diagnostic and programmatic framework to support expanding access to financial services for individuals and micro and small businesses. The MAP framework creates the space to convene a wide range of stakeholders around evidence-based country diagnostic and dialogue and leads to development of national financial inclusion roadmaps. The roadmap identifies key drivers of financial inclusion and includes specific actions that will contribute to greater financial inclusion. The framework has been developed by UNCDF in partnership with FinMark Trust and the Centre for Financial Regulation and Inclusion (Cenfri) and is intended to become a public good that can advance to global financial inclusion agenda.

The MAP programme hosted a global workshop for the Asia and African countries currently running the programme. 40 country coordinators, Government representatives, regional and technical advisors came together from January 26-29 in Johannesburg South Africa for a progress review session. Convened by UNCDF and MAP partners Finmark Trust and the Centre for Financial Regulation and Inclusion (Cenfri), the session brought together UNCDF staffers and Ministry of Finance/Central Bank counterparts from over 15 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries. 2 days were spent with the Asia team to discuss the key learnings and collaborate on the best ways to ensure that the roadmap is implemented.  The following 2-day session brought together the Asia and Africa team to collaborate, share learnings and enable implementation of the country roadmaps. MAP Global Programme Advisor, Kammy Naidoo challenged implementers to build bridges between financial inclusion with key issues health, education, and agriculture as well as ensuring that financial inclusion is linked with the real economy.

More information about the workshop is available here:

The global workshop was conducted in 26-29 January 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Achievements: Government capacity building in the implementation of the MAP process, through the exchange of best practices in other countries.

Delegates expressed that the MAP diagnostic data helps us understand the consumer decision journey of the populations we are trying to meaningfully serve. “MAP is before the real work starts”.

Contact details: 
Kameshnee Naidoo,
MAP Programme Advisor
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