Cloves, Indonesia. Photo by Herwin Gunadi, 2016 CGAP Photo Contest Photo by Herwin Gunadi, 2016 CGAP Photo Contest

Donors and Investors

Over the past few decades, public funding for financial inclusion has helped to build an industry that now attracts private funding, both international and local. By 2019, funder commitments to financial inclusion had reached a historic high of $52 billion.

Yet, today many funders have begun to reorganize their work in relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to articulate ways in which they can better leverage the private sector. Because many funders face competing pressures both in terms of capacity and the funding to deliver on the SDGs, there is an increasing risk of loss of focus on and visibility of financial inclusion and that the deep technical expertise required to build inclusive financial systems will be diluted. On the other hand, this is an opportunity to harness financial inclusion as an enabler of other development goals and to work across different sectors to achieve outcomes that address the needs of a variety of stakeholders. 

Understanding how the financial inclusion sector is evolving is challenging for donors and investors alike. What role can they play in an increasingly complex landscape? What market needs should they be focusing on? How should they go about it?

Through its research, CGAP aims to support and influence donors and investors navigating through these trends, adapting their practices to be more responsive to market needs and contributing to responsible market development for poor people.

Latest Research

Data

Funding Explorer: Interactive Data for 2019 CGAP Funder Survey

The Funding Explorer is a set of highly interactive analytical dashboards. This tool uses data from the CGAP Funder Survey complemented by publicly available contextual indicators
Publication

2019 Trends in International Funding for Financial Inclusion

International funders committed approximately US$52 billion to financial inclusion in 2019, a 12 percent increase from the US$46 billion reported in 2018.
Publication

Interoperability and Digital Finance: Emerging Guidance for Funders

This technical note helps funders to understand the concept of interoperability, how instant payments systems can advance financial inclusion, and what funders can do to support their development.

Latest Blogs

Blog

How Can Funders Promote Interoperable Payments?

Interoperability can make digital payments more convenient and useful for low-income customers. Find out how funders can support the development of interoperable payments systems.
Blog

Preserving Decades of Development: A Plea for Lebanon

Nadine Chehade reflects on the toll the deepening economic and COVID-19 crises are taking on microfinance borrowers in her country, Lebanon, and what donors can do to help them overcome hardship.
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Finding Opportunity in “Interesting Times”

What did 2020 teach us about financial inclusion? Greta Bull reflects on what was, for most people, an especially difficult year and offers her perspective on the year ahead.