Financial Inclusion & Microfinance in Latin America

Key findings from the University Meets Microfinance Workshop

This workshop report in the "University Meets Microfinance (UMM) Action Group Series” focuses on the output of the 9th UMM workshop "Financial Inclusion and Microfinance in Latin America", held in May 2013 at the Universidad de Salamanca - School of Law.

This comprehensive report includes articles which were presented and discussed during the workshop. Thought the different articles, the issue of financial inclusion is analyzed from the following different angles:

  • Global: identifying challenges, implications and how to measure financial inclusion;
  • Within the Latin American context: highlighting some of the most interesting aspects of the microfinance sector and financial inclusion in the region, the role of the Spanish Cooperation Agency AECID, innovative technological solutions, scoring and measuring tools, the non-bank correspondent’s model, the cross-borrowing phenomenon, consumer protection regulation and evaluation of MFIs;
  • Financial inclusion in Spain: the current situation of financial exclusion due to the crisis, the possible replication of Latin American best practices in the Spanish context and the presentation of the Spanish Microcredit Programme for Social Inclusion.

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