Making Access Possible Global Learning and Sharing Forum

  • June 13, 2018

  • New York, United States

  • What:

    Global Learning and Sharing Forum

  • When:

    26 June 2018,

    9:00am - 27 June 2018 6:00pm

    (Local time)

  • Where:

    Delegates Lounge at the UN Secretariat in New York, USA

  • Who:

    UN Capital Development Fund

Through an in-country stakeholder dialogue process and evidence-based diagnostic analysis, Making Access Possible (MAP) aligns a broad range of stakeholders from within government, the private sector and the donor/funding community to create a set of practical actions aimed at extending financial inclusion tailored to that country. At its core, the MAP programme seeks to facilitate the development and implementation of a comprehensive national financial inclusion roadmap and to align stakeholders and resources around agreed priorities.

The evidence provides a clear overview of that country’s state of financial inclusion, including market realities, high-level policy objectives, and regulatory conditions. But these findings do not tell the entire story. The numbers explain how and why consumers are using products. But they do not explain why financial services providers are not offering products better suited to their clients via a business model that makes sense for both themselves and the consumers. The findings do not tell governments how to harness the research to implement their national ambitions. For this to happen, an entirely different set of skills and a different operational model is required. An evolution of the operating model for the global hub has been to ensure proof of concept of the roadmap implementation for those countries that saw implementation as important.

Many countries in the MAP programme are moving from its research and diagnostic phase into developing an implementation strategy and action plan from the roadmap. Under the MAP programme, there are currently nine African countries (primarily in SADC) in different stages of implementation and in SE Asia there are four countries.

To capitalize on the global nature of the programme and enable cross-country sharing between the various countries, MAP partners, UNCDF and FinMark Trust are holding a learning and sharing session with country coordinators and the government counterparts at the respective MAP counterpart Ministries.

The workshop will enable stakeholders supporting the implementation of the MAP programme to meet and share their programmes and insights, develop new insights using updated and consolidated data and implementation experiences, exchange ideas and enhance knowledge and sharing of information, thus also creating a common community of practice among those implementing financial inclusion for their own national objectives as well as those supporting the implementation.

The MAP Global Insights series Volume 2 looks at the thinking, strategies and processes that have enabled national delivery in financial inclusion, and attempts to codify the operational approach taken in the 18 ‘MAP countries’, including the 9 where the programme is working with governments to implement the national roadmap on financial inclusion. This would be an ideal opportunity to discuss their progress and challenges as well as highlight UNCDF’s work in financial inclusion at country level.

The MAP workshop seeks to engage collectively to embrace strengthening financial inclusion with the following objectives:

  • Share highlights in the achievements of the MAP programme across SADC, West Africa and ASEAN.
  • Develop a broader understanding of appropriate indicators and M&E targets, including operationalising the data agenda for financial inclusion’s contribution to Government.
  • Share best practices of formulating policy interventions identified from the MAP programme in select regions and countries.
  • How to better facilitate productive institutional arrangements, donor buy-in, and structured private sector engagement on a continuous basis using the MAP platform.

Workshop Participants

Workshop Participants Participants will be invited from MAP countries include the MAP coordinators and one key Government counterpart stakeholder implementing MAP, either from the Central Bank or the Ministry of Finance.

The participating countries are as follows:

Africa, SADC

  • Botswana
  • Dem. Rep. of the Congo
  • Lesotho
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Zimbabwe

Africa, West

  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Togo


  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal


26 June 2018

08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome and introduction
Henri Dommel

09:30 – 10:00 The MAP Global Programme
Kameshnee Naidoo

10:00 – 11:00 The significance of financial inclusion in the region
Panel: Tim Maselela (head of payments for SADC); Gisele Ndoye (BCEAO, Director of Financial Inclusion) Facilitator: Brendan Pearce

11:00 – 11:30 Tea 11:30 – 12:30 Cross-border remittances (Panel discussion)
Panel: Nepal (Saroj); DRC (Monah); Lesotho (Palesa); DRC (Monah) Facilitator: Nikki

12:30 – 13:00 Digital financial Identity
Panel: Malawi (Golden), Lesotho (Florence), Togo Facilitator: Nikki

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 15:30 Gender and financial inclusion
Panel: Laos, SADC (Christiaan), Asia Facilitator: Rajeev to facilitate

15:30 – 16:00 Tea

16:00 – 17:00 MSME
Panel: FinScope, Swaziland (Sabelo, David), Myanmar (Paul/William), Burkina Faso Facilitator: Kammy

17:00 – 17:30 UN Tour

18.30 - 20.00 Cocktail

27 June 2018

08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast

09:00 – 9:45 Enabling better access and usage of credit
Panel: Cambodia, Botswana (Helen), Zimbabwe (Mike) Facilitator: Brendan

09:45 – 10:30 Enabling focus on key FI issues: Savings theme in the SADC region
Nikki to present with SADC countries

10:30 – 11:00 Tea

11:00 – 12:30 Measuring our work - M&E framework and process
Panel: Malawi, Botswana, Lesotho, Myanmar, Swaziland Facilitator: Brendan

12:30 – 13:00 Making MAP work? Myanmar Refresh approach
Facilitator: Brendan

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Making MAP Happen (Group Discussion)
Countries to feedback Facilitator: Kammy SADC: Brendan ASEAN: Rajeev West Africa: Mathieu

15:30 – 16:00 Tea

16:00 – 16:30 Linking to the SDGs
Christiaan Loots

16:30 – 17:00 Closing
Xavier Michon

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Making Access Possible Global Learning and Sharing Forum

26 Jun 2018 @ 9:00am - 27 June 2018 6:00pm

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