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Financial Sector Policies

Virtual : Financial Inclusion (FI)

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Session No.: JV 21.02V

Location: Vienna, Austria

Date: January 25-29, 2021 (1 week)

Primary Language: English

    Target Audience

    Mid-level to senior officials from central banks and government agencies dealing with regulation of the financial sector. Preference is given to applicants working on issues directly related to financial inclusion.

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    Qualifications

    Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of economics or finance, or equivalent work experience. Knowledge of econometrics is helpful but not required. It is strongly recommended that applicants first complete the online Financial Development and Financial Inclusion (FDFIx) course.

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    Course Description

    This one-week course, presented by the Institute for Capacity Development, explains the macroeconomic relevance of financial inclusion. The course introduces financial inclusion as an integral dimension of financial development-a perspective that has only recently received proper attention because for many years the discussion instead centered on the concept and measurement of financial depth. The course reviews the indicators currently used to measure financial inclusion, its distinct macroeconomic impact, and the main policy strategies typically pursued.

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    Course Objectives

    Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

    • Measure the degree of financial inclusion for a country or countries using a wide range of standard indicators.
    • Assess policy options and strategies for financial inclusion from a macroeconomic perspective by identifying potential tradeoffs and possible impediments.
    • Formulate a strategy for policies to support financial inclusion in a country, focusing on financial capability, microfinance, and SME financing.
    • Understand various uses of technology in the financial sector (Fintech) and how they could be used to improve the efficiency and inclusiveness of financial services without generating financial instability.
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