COVID-19

How we're responding

During the coronavirus pandemic, financial inclusion is more critical than ever. Low-income families and small businesses are acutely vulnerable to the health and economic impact of a global pandemic. They are less likely to have access to quality, affordable health care and paid leave to care for sick family members. And without adequate savings, insurance, and credit, it will be hard for them to weather the crisis, deal with business disruptions, and maintain their livelihoods. Accion is working with our partners around the globe to adapt and respond to this challenge and offer solutions that help people stay resilient during this difficult time.

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Digital Lending in Kenya: Willingness vs. Capacity to Repay

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Inclusive Fintech 50 Launches 2021 Competition: Driving Innovation in an Era of Uncertainty

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Help Wanted: A Global Push Toward Algorithmic Fairness

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Climate Change is Exacerbating Obstacles to COVID-19 Recovery for MSMEs in Nigeria

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Leveraging Digital Financial Capability to Drive Women’s Financial Inclusion

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Discussing Moratoria and Other Pandemic-Era Measures, a Q&A with FINCA Impact Finance

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Yes, COVID is the Big Bang of Digital Payments

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How Is Nigeria’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy Going?

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Regulatory Headwinds on the Horizon for Chinese Fintechs: Where Do Consumers Fit In?

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What Does It Take for a Woman to Become Financially Capable?

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Cautious Optimism: MSMEs Are Rebounding From the Impacts of COVID-19

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Behavioral Science for Financial Health in a Digital World: An Interview With Evelyn Stark

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Care Work During Crisis: Pandemic Unravels Fragile Gains in Gender Equality

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Rethinking Financial Inclusion at the Data Margins

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The Challenge of Bringing Agri-SMEs and Lenders Closer Together

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Revisiting Building Financial Capability with a Gender Lens

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Breaking Silos and Challenging Inequities in America: An Interview with Jennifer Tescher

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Prof. Jonathan Morduch’s Four New Projects

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Preparing for the Long Tail of COVID’s Impact on Microfinance

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Top 10 CFI Blog Posts of 2020

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Combating the Rise in Fraudulent Fintech Apps

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Have We Passed the Test? Reflections on the Test of a Lifetime

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Three Ways Governments Expedited Social Payments During COVID

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Digital Finance and Women’s Economic Empowerment: Possibilities and Pitfalls

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Questions for EIB Group: DFIs, Financial Inclusion and the COVID-19 Response

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How Consumer Protection Has Driven Maha’s COVID-19 Response

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Lending For Water and Sanitation During COVID-19

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What Is the Future of Microfinance? Q and A with Paul DiLeo

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There’s (Not) an App for That: Taking a Hard Look at the “App-ification” of Migration

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Financial Authorities’ Tools Must Evolve to Catch Up with “Digital Multinationals”

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Financial Inclusion Week and My Emoji Roller Coaster Ride

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COVID-19 Ushers in New Challenges for Consumer Protection

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Data for Inclusive Finance: Delivering on the Promise for Consumers

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Financial Services are Needed to Help Low-Income People Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change

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Reflecting on the Past and Charting a New Direction

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Nigerians Are in Desperate Need of Relief as COVID-19 Reduces Wealth and Stresses Coping Strategies

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DFIs, Financial Inclusion and the COVID-19 Response: A Q&A with Machal Karim of CDC

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Implications of COVID-19 for the Most Vulnerable: A Snapshot of Views from CFI’s Advisory Council

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The Time Has Come for Gender Transformative Approaches

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MSMEs in Indonesia Are Surviving but COVID-19 Leaves Little Margin for Error

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From Crisis to Opportunity: How Can Lenders Help Build Resilient Agri-SMEs

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Including Women Customers in “Inclusive Fintech”

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Are Moratoriums Good Policy and Good for FSPs?

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Including Women in “Inclusive Fintech”

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Have We Been Here Before?

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Improving Consumer Protection Market Conduct: Lessons Learned in Benin

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Remittances and Financial Inclusion: “Sending Money Home” in the COVID Era

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MSMEs in Lagos Struggle Due to COVID-19, but Remain Positive

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FSPs Adopt Client Protection: A Look Back, A Look Ahead

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Four Reflections on the COVID e-MFP Compass

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Microfinance Coalition, MIVs Team Up in Response to COVID-19

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DFIs, COVID-19 and Financial Inclusion: A Conversation with Richard Greenberg of DFC

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One Billion Accounts in the Pandemic Era: Insights from GSMA’s Mobile Money Report

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The Digital Payments Push: What 50 Micro-Merchants in India Are Saying

Are Moratoriums Good for Clients?

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Food Security and COVID-19: How Financial Inclusion Can Support Livelihoods

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Stress Testing in Crisis: Helping Savings and Credit Cooperatives in Mexico During COVID-19

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Fintech’s Next Best Ideas Might Be Discovered Remotely

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COVID-19 Reveals the Limits of Individual Action and Market-Based Solutions

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Gender Gap Narrowing “Bank Sakhis” Take Crucial G2P Support the Last Mile During COVID-19

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How Should Investors Coordinate When Time is of the Essence?

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Microfinance Coalition: Call to Action for Policymakers

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Microfinance Coalition: Call to Action for Donors

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Stronger Together: Why MIX and the Center for Financial Inclusion are Joining Forces

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Microfinance Coalition: Call to Action for Investors

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COVID-19 Threatens the Microfinance Sector and the Livelihoods of Those We Serve: Building a Coalition for Collective Action

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Q and A: Using Comics for COVID-19 Awareness

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Resilience and the Three Phases of Response

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Support for India’s Migrants During COVID-19: Navigating Potential Gaps in the System

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Mobile Money in Times of Crisis: An Unlikely Hero

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A COVID Digitization Stampede Mustn’t Trample Consumer Protection

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Diary of a Myanmar-Based, Agri-Focused FSP Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

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Using Data to Elevate the Customer Perspective as FSPs Respond to COVID-19

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Building Resilience: How to Ensure Women Are Not Left Behind as a Result of COVID-19

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The Pandemic Will Not Deter Us

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“We’re Also Making Hand Sanitizer”: Kenyan Doctor on COVID-19 Impacts

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How Education Lending MFIs Are Responding to COVID-19

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How a Microfinance Network Has Changed Customer and Staff Engagement During COVID-19

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Continuity in a Crisis

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How Should FSPs Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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Pandemics and Natural Disasters: What Can We Learn from Past Disasters to Help with Today’s Pandemic?

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Can Financial Inclusion Moderate Impacts of Coronavirus?

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