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Author: Deborah Foy - Opportunity International
In the third of e-MFP’s series of guest blogs on the topic of the European Microfinance Award 2024 - Advancing Financial Inclusion for Refugees and Forcibly Displaced People - Deborah Foy, summarises themes from a new Opportunity International paper on the topic, outlines the critical (and growing) role climate change plays as a driver of forced displacement and ways the financial inclusion sector can respond to the challenge.

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Author: Swati M. Dhawan
In the second of e-MFP’s annual series of guest blogs on the topic of the European Microfinance Award 2024 – 'Advancing Financial Inclusion for Refugees and Forcibly Displaced People (FDPs)’ – Swati Mehta Dhawan discusses the importance of integrating a financial health lens into strategies to advance financial inclusion of FDPs, and the role that community networks play in achieving this.

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Author: Ed Fraser
Kicking off e-MFP’s annual series of guest blogs on this topic, Ed Fraser, a consultant supporting the EMA team, describes the scale and complexity of the displacement challenge, the barriers faced by the forcibly displaced, and introduces the role(s) that the financial inclusion sector can play, and argues for a collective approach, an ‘imperative’, that leverages what various stakeholder groups can offer in serving these groups.

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Author: Eugénie Constancias - Entrepreneurs du Monde
Entrepreneurs du Monde (EdM) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year in style, with one of its microfinance institutions, Yikri of Burkina Faso, winning the European Microfinance Award 2023 on Inclusive Finance for Food Security & Nutrition. e-MFP reached out to hear more. The NGO EdM was born in June 1998, with a clear mission - to help particularly vulnerable women and men to improve their living conditions on their own, by creating or developing an income-generating activity. To achieve this, EdM has been setting up and supporting local organisations and over the last 25 years the NGO has expanded its activities in Africa, Asia, Haiti and even France without ever losing its identity. Starting out operating in the social microfinance sector, we gained a very precise picture of the budget and needs of vulnerable people we supported. That is why EdM decided to address energy poverty, professional integration of young people or entrepreneurship in agricultural settings.

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Author: Ayako Iba
In the latest in our guest blogs on the topic of the European Microfinance Award 2023 – Inclusive Finance for Food Security & Nutrition – Ayako Iba from the UN World Food Programme discusses the global food crisis and the role cash transfers can play in addressing access to food, while promoting financial inclusion at the same time.

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Author: Swati M. Dhawan
On World Refugee Day, we are happy to share with you the first in our series of guest blogs dedicated to the financial inclusion of refugees and forcibly displaced persons. We have invited Swati M. Dhawan to curate this series. In this first instalment, she presents the ‘Finance in Displacement' research collaboration to outline the particular barriers that refugees and displaced persons face.

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Author: Bobbi Gray - Grameen Foundation USA
Next up in our series of guest blogs on the topic of the European Microfinance Award 2023 – Inclusive Finance for Food Security & Nutrition – Bobbi Gray from Grameen Foundation considers the (intolerable) sacrifices that poor households make to meet their financial services obligations, and the responsibility of the sector to address this.

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