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Standard Chartered and WEConnect International Announce New Partnership to Support Women-Owned Businesses in Emerging Market Supply Chains

Through the agreement, the Bank will be launching a dedicated financing facility for certified women-owned businesses within its market footprint, alongside targeted financing solutions for WEConnect International member buyers. 

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Grameen Foundation Launches Initiative to End Financial Abuse: Program SAFE

This comprehensive initiative aims to raise awareness, provide support services, and build a global coalition to safeguard against financial abuse in all its forms. 

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Interledger Foundation Accepting Applications for ILP Digital Financial Services Grant

Interledger Foundation (ILF) has announced that it is now accepting applications under its ILP (Interledger Protocol) Digital Financial Services Grant for emerging financial services, products, and innovative solutions geared toward benefitting underserved and underrepresented communities.

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UNSGSA Queen Máxima Visits the Philippines to Support Scaling Up Financial Services for Better Financial Health

The visit from 21-23 May 2024 will focus on advancing key foundational building blocks for financial inclusion—including connectivity, digital identification, and digital payments—as well as enhancing financial health and resilience against economic and climate-related challenges for Filipinos. 

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Kickstarting the Next Generation of Blockchain Payments

Mastercard is introducing five startups from around the world to its Start Path Blockchain and Digital Assets program to drive best-in-class user experiences and expand use cases that demonstrate the power of blockchain technology.

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Accion Launches $152.5M Fund Investing in Digital Transformation of Financial Institutions Serving Small Businesses Globally

The fund seeks to enable financial institutions to better meet the needs of small businesses that are currently excluded from the financial system by providing growth capital and strategic support for digital transformation.

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Britam and Habitat for Humanity Expand Partnership to Strengthen Property Insurance Penetration Rate in Kenya

Britam General Insurance and Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) – Terwilliger Centre for Innovation in Shelter (TCIS), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to tackle the low market penetration of property insurance, which currently stands at 0.5%. 

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United States: Native CDFIs Connect Indian Country to Credit and Capital

Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) emerged to help address credit and capital challenges and provide Native communities and residents with an alternative to mainstream banks.

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Last Week to Register for the Boulder Microfinance Training Program in July

This is the last week to register for the Boulder Microfinance Training Program: Key Issues in Financial Inclusion, which will take place from July 15 to 26 in Turin, Italy.

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India and Ghana Accelerate Unified Payment Interface Integration for Seamless Cross-Border Payments

By streamlining cross-border payments and reducing reliance on third-party currencies, initiatives like these promote financial inclusion and stability.