European Financial Inclusion Network members join Finance Watch
Brussels, 13 June 2018 – Finance Watch, the independent non-profit organisation that defends the public interest in financial reform and regulation, today welcomed 15 financial inclusion specialists as new Associate Members.

The new Associate Members – all members of the European Financial Inclusion Network (EFIN), a network of researchers and practitioners working on financial inclusion – were presented today at Finance Watch’s General Assembly.

In a separate meeting held today at Finance Watch’s offices, the EFIN membership held its own General Assembly and voted to close EFIN after its activities are transferred to Finance Watch, where they will be led by Olivier Jérusalmy, Senior Research and Advocacy officer at Finance Watch and the former director of EFIN.

The need to gather all the stakeholders involved in financial inclusion process  is crucial to develop coherent financial policy measures at both local and European level and to increase mutual learning about it.

Existing European networks of researchers, and/or practitioners are already successfully addressing specific aspects of financial inclusion, like responsible credit, consumer debt or microfinance.

The aim of the present network is to create a wider scope both in terms of membership (including financial institutions and associations, public institutions, government representatives, NGOs, trade unions, consumer organisations, etc.) and in terms of  objectives (promoting all  measures and actions favouring financial inclusion in general).