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Sustainability, the Zeitgeist in Inclusion at European Microfinance Week 2015

When we use the word sustainability in financial inclusion terms, what does it mean? Does it stand for profit or a long-term perspective that looks beyond the next reporting deadline? Is it a code word for triple bottom line accounting – people, planet, profit? Or maybe sustaining financial services in the face of natural disaster or armed conflict? What about crisis avoidance – cooling overheating markets and preventing over-indebtedness?