Financial Services in Humanitarian Crises

Humanitarian crises pose a formidable development challenge. The millions of refugees and people forcibly displaced within their own countries are growing in number, placing huge burdens on their host communities and straining the humanitarian sector’s ability to respond. Building on CGAP’s publication, "The Role of Financial Services in Humanitarian Crises," this blog series explores the role that financial services can play in helping displaced people to overcome adversity and in enabling local economies to thrive. Topics to be covered include the demand for financial services among displaced people, disaster insurance for those who need it most, and cash transfers as a means of deepening financial inclusion during humanitarian crises. 

Posts in this series

20 July 2017
The graduation approach is proven to lift families out of extreme poverty. Organizations on the frontier of humanitarian crises say it also works for refugees.
A refugee filling an application at the UNHCR registration center in Tripoli, Lebanon.
11 July 2017
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Reaching low-income people with financial services during a crisis can help them overcome adversity – and it starts with understanding their needs.
Lolem, a widow and mother of four children, sells goods to Bamba Chakula recipients in a refugee camp in Kenya.
19 June 2017
Lolem Boyo Emilat is a trader in Kenya’s Kalobeyei settlement, where mobile payments have transformed her small business. Could bringing mobile money to more traders like Lolem be an overlooked opportunity to advance financial inclusion?
Sabah and her young child in Al Minieh Informal Tented Settlement, North Lebanon.
12 June 2017
From partnering with the right providers to removing policy constraints, there are several things development and humanitarian actors can do to forge a stronger link between humanitarian cash transfers and financial inclusion.
Flooding in Jakarta, Indonesia
06 June 2017
A growing body of evidence suggests that disaster insurance makes low-income people more resilient to floods, earthquakes, and other disasters. What challenges must be overcome to make disaster insurance more widely available?