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Financing the Frontier: Inclusive Financial Sector Development in Fragility-Affected States in Africa

Poverty rates in Africa’s states and regions considered ‘fragility-affected’ (DFID, 2016) are, on average, 20% higher than countries with comparable levels of economic development. The gap is widest for countries affected by repeated cycles of violence. Finance can play a crucial role in poverty and conflict cycles, as lack of equitable access to financial services can lead to underdevelopment and stagnation, exacerbating social and economic unrest. The research by FSDA and Mercy Corps finds that donor and development actor investments in financial inclusion is one of the best strategies for future investment in fragile-affected countries and regions. This research has global implications for regions facing similar challenges.

Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a global team of humanitarians who partner with communities, corporations and governments to transform lives around the world. Their mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

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