Country Visits

In March 2020, the UNSGSA held meetings in Jakarta with leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss Indonesia’s progress toward full financial inclusion. She has visited the country three times before, in 2012, 2016 and 2018, and provided guidance as it has developed and implemented its national financial inclusion strategy (NFIS) and started to roll out digital financial services (DFS) at scale.

Technology Helps Accelerate Financial Inclusion in Indonesia

Indonesia’s dynamic growth over the last 15 years has helped cut poverty in more than half. Still, 40 percent linger right above the poverty line, their economic prospects in need of further protection. To build further on this progress, the government has made a commitment to extend financial… Read more

Special Advocate Traveling to Indonesia to Discuss Financial Inclusion

Flag of Indonesia. As Indonesia takes increasingly strong steps to build financial inclusion, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA)—H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands—will visit to the country… Read more

UN Special Advocate Queen Máxima to Visit Pakistan to Discuss Financial Inclusion

H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), will visit Pakistan 9–11 February 2016 to promote financial inclusion and support the implementation of the country’s National Financial Inclusion Strategy. Launched in… Read more

Special Advocate Visits Bangladesh to Promote Access to Financial Services

UN logo. H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will visit Bangladesh from Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 November in her role as the UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance at the invitation of the Bangladeshi government. This will be… Read more

Special Advocate Visiting Philippines for Launch of National Financial Inclusion Strategy

In her capacity as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, Queen Máxima will visit the Philippines from 29 June to 1 July. She will meet with a wide range of leaders from public and private sectors and with clients, and will participate in the launch of… Read more

Special Advocate Visiting Myanmar to Advance Financial Inclusion

Queen Máxima in Myanmar with the UN Resident Coordinator Renata Lok-Dessallien. Photo credit: UNDP Myanmar The UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, has arrived in Myanmar… Read more

Special Advocate to Visit China to Discuss Access to Financial Services

From Monday 24 November to Friday 28 November, Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will visit China in her capacity as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA). China is taking various measures to improve access to financial services in… Read more

A Meeting of Minds Over Financial Inclusion in India

The Special Advocate visited a water ATM project in India, which dispenses fresh water in the manner of an ATM. The UNSGSA met with the newly appointed minister of finance, the governor and leaders of the Reserve Bank of India, non-bank financial… Read more

Extending Financial Inclusion in Colombia

In her keynote address at the  presentation of Colombia’s National Strategy for Financial Inclusion, Queen Máxima congratulated the Government on the progress it has made over the past ten years.  Now, Colombia is entering a second phase of financial inclusion, in which the emphasis should be on… Read more

A new national framework for financial inclusion will help Tanzania achieve its goals

"I really commend Tanzania for its ambition to include 50% of the population in the formal financial system by 2015." - UNSGSA In her keynote address at the Launch of the National Financial Inclusion Framework the UNSGSA noted the rapid progress in Tanzania since her last visit in 2010, and… Read more

Giving a boost to agriculture through inclusive finance in Ethiopia

UNSGSA with WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and Gerda Verburg, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. March 2013. - Photo credit: Rein Skullerud Ethiopia’s agricultural sector has… Read more

UNSGSA Visits Nigeria in Support of National Strategy for Financial Inclusion

Governor Sanusi, Queen Máxima, and H.E. President Jonathan met to discuss the role of inclusive finance for achieving Nigeria's economic and development goals. Abuja, Nigeria, 23 October 2013. Photo credit: Central Bank of Nigeria The UNSGSA joined… Read more