The role of Financial Services in Humanitarian Crises

Resource published April 24, 2017

This paper recommends actions that policy makers and donors can take to improve the provision of financial services to crisis-affected populations.

Financial inclusion can act as a bridge between short-term interventions focused on protection and the provision of basic services, and longer-term interventions focused on sustaining livelihoods and creating economic opportunities. In this context, this paper seeks to enhance the knowledge of policy makers and donors on the role of financial services mitigating humanitarian crises by synthesizing existing empirical evidence as well as operational lessons from programmatic evaluations. The paper also identifies future research and policy priorities.

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