The UNSGSA works in partnership and with wide consultation among many stakeholders advancing financial inclusion—and those affected by it.

The Special Advocate collaborates closely with an advisory Reference Group of leading international organizations in financial inclusion to share expertise and suggest strategic opportunities she can advance through advocacy and partnerships.

Members of the Reference Group and many other partners play an important role in converting advocacy into action. The UNSGSA also consults widely with UN country teams, standard-setting bodies, financial institutions, companies, donors, civil society organizations and UN member states in the Group of Friends of Financial Inclusion. The Office of the UNSGSA works closely with the UNSGSA and her secretariat in the Netherlands to coordinate and advance her UN and G20 activities. The Office is housed at UNDP at the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy in New York. It is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

The Special Advocate also collaborates with stakeholders in the private sector, as well. Additionally, through working groups, a wide range of organizations provide invaluable research and guidance to the UNSGSA on her strategic areas of advocacy.


  • Financial Health Working Group: Aspen Institute, BFA, Centre for Financial Regulation & Inclusion (Cenfri), Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), CGAP, Development Bank of Latin America (CFA), Financial Health Network (FHN), ING Global, Mastercard, MetLife Foundation, UNCDF, World Bank.
  • Inclusive Green Finance Working Group: Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI), Sustainable Banking and Finance Network (SBFN).


  • Agriculture Finance Working Group: CGAP, Danone, Ecom, Export Trading Group (ETG), the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA), Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), Mastercard
  • Development Impact Working Group: BTCA, CGAP, World Bank
  • Fintech Working Group: AFI, Ant Financial, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Bankable Frontier Associates (BFA), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, BTCA, CGAP, Flourish Ventures, IFC, McKinsey & Co., Monetary Authority of Singapore, De Nederlandsche Bank, Reserve Bank of India, World Bank
  • Gender Working Group: CGAP, Global Banking Alliance for Women, IFC, UNCDF, Women’s World Banking, World Bank

Reference Group