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Islamic finance in Malaysia: Filling the gaps in financial inclusion

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In the past decade, the Islamic finance industry has grown at double digits despite the weak global economic environment. By 2020, the Islamic finance industry is projected to reach $3 trillion in total assets with 1 billion users. However, despite its rapid growth and enormous potential, 7 out of 10 adults still do not have access to a bank account in Muslim countries. This means that 682 million adult Muslims still do not have an account at a banking institution. While some Muslim countries have high levels of account ownership (above 90 percent), there are others with less than 5 percent of their adult population who reported having a bank account.

Improving the Odds of Being Formally Financially Included in Senegal

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2016年4月に承認された世界銀行グループ気候変動行動計画(Climate Action Plan)は、各国が国連気候変動枠組条約第21回締約国会議(COP21)で採択された「パリ協定」の目標を達成し、深刻化する気候変動の影響に対応できるよう考案された。
 
この目標を達成するには、各国の都市と連携することが不可欠である。温室効果ガスの約80%が都市部から排出されており、気候変動に大きな影響を与えている都市が気候変動への解決に大きく貢献することは間違いない。
 
同時に都市は、災害の多い地域に位置していることが多く、気候リスクやその他自然災害に非常に脆弱だ。したがって、災害に強い都市を構築することが都市の持続可能性に必須となる。
 
幸い多くの国がまだ都市化の初期段階にあり、持続可能な都市開発の初期段階から独自の手法を模索する機会がある。これは事後に改良を加えるよりもはるかに実行可能な選択肢である。
 
このビデオ(英語)では、エデ・イジャズ・バスケス世界銀行グループ社会・都市・農村・強靭性グローバル・プラクティス シニアディレクターとバーニス・バン・ブロンコースト 同プラクティスマネージャーが、気候に配慮したスマートシティを構築するための借入国との協力について議論している。
 
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Powerful panel weighs progress on financial inclusion

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Government leaders and advocates came together during the Annual Meetings to discuss a major development goal – ensuring everyone has access to affordable financial services such as a bank or mobile money account. While a lot of progress has been made on “financial inclusion,” new rules affecting the flow of funds threatens to slow or even reverse some gains.

Financial Inclusion not Exclusion: Managing De-Risking brought together Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor of the People’s Bank of China, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Indonesia’s Minister of Finance. Arun Jaitley, India’s Minister of Finance, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, and Juan Manuel Vega-Serrano, the president of the Financial Action Tax Force (FATF), which sets international standards for  combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats.

Some 700 million people were brought into the formal financial system between 2011 and 2014 – a major success – but 2 billion people remain cut off, said Queen Máxima, who is the United Nations Secretary-General’s special advocate for inclusive finance for development.

A new challenge to financial inclusion is a trend toward “de-risking” by banks. Many larger banks are increasingly terminating or restricting business relationships with remittance companies and smaller local banks in certain regions of the world. De-risking has therefore made money transfers more difficult for migrant workers and humanitarian organizations working in war-torn places.

Weekly wire: The global forum

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World of NewsThese are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.

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International summits come and go, and all too often the promises made at these summits are quickly forgotten, lost in an online catacomb or otherwise hard to track. We at Transparency International are determined that the commitments made by government representatives at last May’s London Anticorruption Summit (648 total commitments by 41 of the 43 participating governments) must not slide into oblivion in this way. That’s why, as Matthew announced in a post earlier this month, we’ve gone through every single country statement and compiled all commitments into one central database, sortable by country, theme, and region. Our goal is for this database to be used by anticorruption advocates and activists to monitor what their countries have committed to, and whether and where they are making progress.
 
Wall Street Journal
The ubiquity of cellphones could allow a rapid expansion of financial services throughout the developing world, with major implications for growth and credit accessibility, a McKinsey & Co. report concludes. “With the technology that’s available today you could provide billions of people and millions of businesses opportunities that don’t exist to them today,” Susan Lund, co-author of the McKinsey Global Institute report on digital finance, said in an interview. The report found that with coordinated action by financial firms, telecommunications companies and developing-country governments, some 1.6 billion people could gain access to financial services by 2025, all without major new expenditures on physical infrastructure.
 

The Nexus of financial inclusion and stability: Implications for holistic financial policy-making

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Benin possesses an enormous natural, historical, and cultural heritage. However, its potential has barely been explored. A study by the National Agency for the Promotion of Heritage and the Development of Tourism (ANPT) found that only 2 to 5 percent of Benin’s tourist potential has thus far been tapped.

Faced with the new human, environmental, and technological challenges of the twenty-first century, how can we think of and devise solutions that will rewrite the rules in the sector, which is undergoing rapid expansion in Africa?

Establishing payments interoperability: coordination is key

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Efficient, accessible and safe retail payment systems and services are necessary to extend access to transaction accounts to the 2 billion people worldwide who are still unserved by regulated financial service providers.
 
Having interoperable payment services addresses several important challenges regarding financial access and broader financial inclusion. This is because interoperability enables people to make payments to anyone else in a convenient, affordable, fast, seamless and secure way via a single transaction account.
 
Establishing payments interoperability is a formidable task. Our experience shows it is important to find the right balance between cooperation and competition when reforming retail payment systems.  Despite the advantages that interoperability brings, not all market participants will necessarily embrace interoperability initiatives, e.g. if they fear to lose their dominant position and/or competitive advantage. In an earlier Blog the role authorities to facilitate interoperability has been discussed. Central banks are a key driving force in any payment system reform, but they cannot – and should not – act alone. Other regulators – such as financial and telecom regulators – are also important to achieving interoperability.

Financial inclusion has a big role to play in reaching the SDGs

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What will it take …to improve your life? …for your children to be better off?  …for mothers to be healthy? …for all to get a good education? …to end poverty? More than 1.3 billion people around the globe live on less than $1.25 a day. Fighting poverty in times of crisis may be challenging, but we can’t take our eyes off the most vulnerable.

In this video, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim asks, “What Will It Take?” Post your questions on Twitter using #whatwillittake, and share your solutions with the hashtag #ittakes.

Weekly wire: The global forum

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World of NewsThese are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.

 
The Internet
Global Governance Monitor

The Internet has revolutionized communication and radically altered the conduct of business, politics, and personal lives. Information is now widely available and shared through instant message, email, and social media. Businesses can operate internationally with virtually no delay, enabling previously unimaginable opportunities such as providing medical advice across oceans. Moreover, the embedding of sensors, processors, and monitors in everyday products links the physical and virtual worlds, expanding vast streams of data and creating new markets. The Internet has also altered the relationship between governments and societies. Low-cost, nearly ubiquitous communication platforms allow citizens to mobilize and build transnational networks. The speed of communication can make governments more accountable, and open-data initiatives enable the participation of nongovernmental organizations and increased transparency. Though the technology has facilitated unprecedented economic growth, increased access to information, and delivered innovative solutions to historic challenges, the expansion of the Internet has also brought challenges and vulnerabilities.
 

The 2016 Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project Report, Advancing equitable financial ecosystems
Brookings Institution

The 2016 Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project (FDIP) evaluates access to and usage of affordable financial services by underserved people across 26 geographically, politically, and economically diverse countries. The 2016 report assesses these countries’ financial inclusion ecosystems based on four dimensions of financial inclusion: country commitment, mobile capacity, regulatory environment, and adoption of selected traditional and digital financial services. The 2016 report builds upon the first annual FDIP report, published in August 2015. The 2016 report analyzes key changes in the global financial inclusion landscape over the previous year, broadens its scope by adding five new countries to the study, and provides recommendations aimed at advancing financial inclusion among marginalized groups, such as women, migrants, refugees, and youth.

Digital Financial Services for Cocoa Farmers in Côte d’Ivoire

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Kids from Moldova

Позвольте пояснить, почему Всемирный банк с оптимизмом смотрит на Молдову.
 
Основание для оптимизма № 1. Как страна, расположенная на границе крупнейшего рынка в мире, Европейского Союза, и стоимость рабочей силы которой составляет небольшую долю от средней стоимости рабочей силы в государствах-членах ЕС, Молдова могла бы стать магнитом для инвестиций для европейского потребителя. Свободные экономические зоны Молдовы показывают, насколько привлекательной может быть эта страна для иностранных инвесторов, когда бизнес защищен от коррупции и препятствий. Следовательно, в день, когда экономика Молдовы станет «чистой», ее граждане смогут наблюдать бурный рост в таких отраслях, как, например, легкая промышленность, а это приведет к увеличению спроса на рабочую силу и росту заработной платы. Ускорение же темпов экономического роста будет означать увеличение объемов доступных средств для финансирования достойного образования, здравоохранения и пенсий.
 
Основание для оптимизма № 2. Молдова уже выдержала серьезнейший экономический шок, обусловленный экономическим спадом в России и засухой 2015 года. По нашим прогнозам, после спада экономической активности в 2015 году на 2% в 2016 году рост ВВП Молдовы медленно возобновится и составит 0,5%, а в 2017 году увеличится до 4%.

Да, конечно, нельзя себя обманывать. 2015 год был тяжелым для экономики. Иными словами не описать рецессию, засуху и огромное по масштабам мошенничество в банковской сфере, бремя которого будут нести на своих плечах целые поколения граждан Молдовы. Именно мошенничество в банковской сфере отчасти повлекло за собой падение лея, повышение процентных ставок и рост цен. Сотрудники Всемирного банка должны руководствоваться экономическими соображениями, а не эмоциями, но я не могу не испытывать негодования в связи с тем, что простой Ион или простая Иоана должны расплачиваться за попустительское отношение властей к мошенничеству, совершенному в трех банках.

Однако процветание Молдовы достижимо. Поэтому в 2016 году давайте сделаем следующее...

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