Funding Fintech for Impact


25 May 2022 9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT
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Development funders have an important role to play in helping fintechs reach their potential to serve low-income customers. But which fintech business models have the clearest links to financial inclusion, and what do they need to succeed? This session  shared insights into how development funders can identify promising fintech innovations and maximize the impact of their support. The session is based on two years of CGAP research with fintechs, funders and sector-support organizations around the world. It also draws on the experience of funders who have reinvented their fintech strategies and their impact goals to respond to the changing nature of the fintech landscape in emerging markets.

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Key Resources

Webinar presentation >>

Fintech and Financial Inclusion: A Funders' Guide to Greater Impact [focus note] >>

Development Funders and Inclusive Fintechs: Analyzing One Decade of Funding Flows [reading deck] >>

This event is part of CGAP's four-part series, "The Digital Evolution of Financial Services: What Have We Learned So Far?"


Amee Parbhoo

Amee Parbhoo  Managing Partner, Accion Venture Lab

Amee Parbhoo is Managing Partner of Accion Venture Lab, Accion’s seed-stage impact investment initiative in fintech for the underserved. Amee drives Venture Lab’s strategy and growth and oversees its investment work and portfolio engagement services. In her tenure with Accion, Amee has managed Venture Lab’s investment activities globally as well as led Venture Lab’s governance and investments in Africa.  Prior to joining Accion, Amee was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, worked on new products and technology at SKS Microfinance in India, and advised a range of fintech and financial inclusion enterprises around the world.

Bart van Liebergen

Bart van Liebergen Senior Strategy Officer,  FMO, Dutch Development Bank

Bart van Liebergen is a Senior Strategy Officer at FMO, the development bank of the Netherlands, where he advises the Financial Institutions department on issues of business strategy. He recently led the development of FMO's updated fintech strategy. Bart previously worked at the Institute of International Finance, where he helped set up the Fintech and Digital Finance Department, and at the Dutch Treasury, where he worked on issues on banking regulation and euro crisis contingency planning. He has also been a consultant to the United Nations' Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System.

Sandeep Kouljagi

Sandeep Koujalgi | SVP,  Bharat Inclusion Initiative at CIIE.CO

Sandeep Koujalgi is SVP Programs at CIIE.CO. He oversees multiple incubation and acceleration programs for startups, including the Bharat Inclusion Initiative. BII is a platform to support inclusive fintech, skilling and livelihood focused solutions that serve the lower income segments of India through mentoring, market access, research, training and capital. He has previously worked across industries in product management and management consulting roles.

Gayatri Murthy

Gayatri Murthy | Financial Sector Specialist, CGAP

Gayatri Murthy leads CGAP's work on platform worker livelihoods. She specializes in inclusive fintech and ensuring technological innovation in finance is correctly harnessed to solve the needs faced by underserved consumers and small businesses. Her work has focused on improving research methods to better understand the lives of low-income people so that emerging insights compel us to transform policy, the private sector, and funding. Before joining CGAP, Ms. Murthy worked for 6 years in market research including leading nationally representative surveys, impact evaluations, and qualitative studies on financial inclusion, education, and civil society building in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. She began her career at GiveIndia, a platform to promote efficient and effective giving in India.