SADC Financial Inclusion Indaba report

This report contains the deliberations and proceedings from the recently held SADC financial inclusion indaba. FinMark Trust, in partnership with the SADC Secretariat, South African National Treasury and the SADC Banking Association hosted the SADC Financial Inclusion Indaba from 23-24 July 2015, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The overall aim of the Indaba was to promote financial inclusion in the SADC region for the purpose of inclusive economic growth and poverty alleviation. Considering that financial inclusion has a key role to play in the fight against poverty and inequality in the region, the Indaba brought together public and private stakeholders in the region to develop a regional approach to promoting financial inclusion. In attendance were 127 representatives from 13 countries in the SADC region (Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) from both the private and public sectors together with participants from donor organisations, civil society institutions and regulatory bodies. The Indaba provided a platform to take stock of the various policy initiatives at country level to promote financial inclusion and to assess the impact on the livelihoods of the most vulnerable sections of the population.