Olga Tomilova

Senior Financial Sector Specialist

Olga Tomilova has been a consultant and adviser to CGAP since 2007. She works on CGAP’s Global Forum Project, engaging with standard-setting and other global bodies on financial consumer protection, and on the Sector Support Project, where she manages CGAP’s Cross-Border Funders Survey.

Ms. Tomilova has more than 20 years of experience in financial inclusion, microfinance, financial consumer protection, and responsible finance. She has extensive international work experience, particularly in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Before joining CGAP, Ms. Tomilova managed the Central Asia Microfinance Center, a joint project of the Microfinance Centre for Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States (MFC) and CGAP in Kazakhstan. She was MFC’s manager of training and consulting. In addition, she was a researcher for Harvard University in Russia, the executive director for the Russian Women’s Microfinance Network in Moscow, and a finance management assistant for Opportunity International in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

Ms. Tomilova has a degree in History, Social Sciences, and Applied Sociology from Nizhny Novgorod State University in Russia, and a professional certificate in accounting. She is based in Moscow, Russia.

By Olga Tomilova

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The 10-Year Challenge: How Has Financial Inclusion Funding Changed?

Funding for financial inclusion quadrupled between 2007 and 2017. However, greater coordination is needed to ensure funders focus on filling gaps in the sector without duplicating efforts and they build interventions based on their comparative advantage.
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2017 Trends in International Funding for Financial Inclusion

One of the key takeaways from the latest CGAP Funder Survey is that international funders committed US$42 billion to financial inclusion in 2017—a double-digit percentage increase from the prior year. For the first time in five years, public funding has grown faster than private funding.
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I-SIP Toolkit: Policy Making for an Inclusive Financial System

A how-to guide for financial sector policy makers on successfully managing the interplay among four core objectives – financial inclusion, stability, integrity and consumer protection.
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Women’s Financial Inclusion: Are Funders Moving the Needle?

Many countries with significant funding for women’s financial inclusion are seeing a widening gender gap. What does this mean for funders?
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Is Funding for Rural Finance Going Where It’s Needed Most?

Global funding for rural finance has risen to nearly $5 billion. Are funds reaching communities with the greatest needs?