This report prepared at the request of the G7 French Presidency, is a blueprint for closing that gap of 400 million and creating a world that is both more prosperous and more equal for everyone. This year, the French Presidency of the G7 chose a theme based on a big, bold, important idea: fighting inequality. Like most ideas, though, it is abstract. Digital financial inclusion is a practical strategy for helping the marginalized move toward the center. In short, what you are about to read amounts to a practical plan for equality that we can start implementing right away.
The report draws on the lessons The gates Foundation has learned about financial services for the poor since they started investing in the area about 15 years ago. It identifies five key ways in which G7 countries can support African countries as their leaders seek to include more than 400 million people in the digital economy for the first time.