Visa and Citigroup, working with the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, plan to connect governments, NGOs, the private sector and others to advance global financial access by the end of this decade. Their Financial Inclusion 2020 campaign aims to do this by increasing access to credit, savings, payment tools and insurance for people all over the world.

“Technology and new tools, as well as the growing interconnectedness of global trade and commerce, make full financial inclusion an increasingly realistic goal,” says Bob Annibale, global director of microfinance and community development at Citi, in an email. “There’s been a movement for some time around various aspects of financial inclusion – from microfinance to mobile money – which has seen a range of stakeholders operate within their own silos and make great progress.”

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