CGAP developed the Basic Regulatory Enablers framework for digital financial services drawing upon its country experience partnering with service providers and regulators to offer a ground-level view of ideas in action. Some of that work included analyses on how to balance the goal of financial inclusion with other core regulatory objectives of financial stability, integrity and consumer protection, together known as the I-SIP approach. CGAP has produced case studies to illustrate these concepts and, approaches, and how policies can be adapted to country-specific contexts.
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This study looks at Pakistan’s nearly decade-old experience with regulating digital financial services (referred in the local context as branchless banking) as a test case for the RIA Lite methodology,
Pakistan is the second country selected for an I-SIP rapid research exercise. The main objectives of the research were to develop and refine the I-SIP Methodology, raise awareness of I-SIP linkages, and help Pakistani policy makers adopt the I-SIP Methodology.
This report introduces and develops the concept that a proportionate approach to any financial inclusion measure (and specifically to its regulatory and supervisory design and implementation) should seek to optimize the I-SIP linkages.