CGAP (the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) is a global partnership of more than 30 leading organizations that seek to advance financial inclusion. CGAP develops innovative solutions through practical research and active engagement with financial service providers, policy makers, and funders to enable approaches at scale. Housed at the World Bank, CGAP combines a pragmatic approach to responsible market development with an evidence-based advocacy platform to increase access to the financial services the poor need to improve their lives.
Our mission is to improve the lives of poor people by spurring innovations and advancing knowledge and solutions that promote responsible, sustainable, inclusive financial markets.
CGAP’s Council of Governors, Executive Committee, and Operational Team meet every spring at the CGAP Annual Meeting to review the strategy and annual work plan.
The Council of Governors (CG) is the membership and governance body of CGAP. It is responsible for setting CGAP's broad policies and strategic directions, providing inputs to the annual workplan and budget, adopting and implementing CGAP consensus guidelines, and determining the future of CGAP. The CG is comprised of representatives from all of CGAP's members: bilateral and multilateral development agencies, regional development banks, private foundations, and international financial institutions.
The Executive Committee functions as CGAP's board and executive governing body. It has principal oversight of CGAP's activities and is responsible for providing strategic guidance to the Operational Team, and approving the workplan and budget on behalf of the CG.