The Role of Financial Services in Humanitarian Crises

by Mayada El-Zoghbi, Nadine Chehade, Peter McConaghy et al.
Access to Finance Forum, No. 12, April 2017

48 pp. 1.1 MB

Humanitarian crises pose a formidable development challenge. While the nature and incidences of these crises vary significantly, they affect millions of people, particularly the most vulnerable. Looking ahead, investing in crises-affected countries’ systems and capacities to manage crisis by leveraging financial services should be priorities. Further evidence is needed to better understand the demand for and use of financial services by different segments of populations affected by crises. Improved evidence around specific products that have high potential in crisis environments is also needed, including further evaluation of digital payment transfers on financial inclusion objectives.

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