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Financial Access at Birth

The Financial Access at Birth (FAB) model presents a new dimension to the business of financial inclusion and a potential new delivery channel for social and economic development practitioners. Hosted by the Center for Financial Inclusion (The Center), a series of global consultations will aim to strengthen the FAB model by listening and learning with experts from various sectors.

What is a "consultation?"

A consultation affords an opportunity of due diligence, learning, and risk management. Participants might include and not be limited to experts who are interested, concerned, or motivated by the FAB model. These could be individuals and organizations whose work might be affected by the implementation of FAB. This series of convening meetings could be held in person, by video, or by telephone and could be as small as a group of 10-15 "experts" in a similar field. FAB consultations will be moderated group conversations guided by predetermined questions specific to the topic of the consultation. The FAB concept note and questions would be sent to participants in advance.

Why does FAB need a series of global consultations? How will it benefit?

The FAB idea harnesses the groundbreaking innovation pursued by various sectors of international social and economic development. FAB seeks to identify opportunities and obstacles of the FAB model via the consultations prior to the design and implementation of a pilot. The series supports the overall communication and risk mitigation strategies which both aim from the onset to welcome, embrace, and integrate voices of concern or dissent. The process of engaging in global consultations might also help identify and recruit potential donors and partners for implementation and advocacy. Finally, these consultations uphold the Center for Financial Inclusion's, commitment to a collaborative, consultative and transparent approach to its work.

Who will participate in the FAB consultations?

FAB seeks to hold consultations with a number of communities of practice, including: child and youth finance, savings and asset building, technology (including biometric and mobile banking), universal ID, cash transfer, disaster response, public health, social safety nets, academia, multilaterals, INGO's, financial inclusion, population and resource management, money laundering, and child rights, government, policy, financial institutions, and more. Some of these groups will be interested and supportive, since their work could be made more effective if FAB exists. Others might have concerns, which FAB welcomes to deepen its risk mitigation strategy. These stakeholder groups also include partners for implementation and going to scale.

The Center for Financial Inclusion will also welcome input from individuals and organization who might not directly participant in the consultations to offer their feedback via an open source blog, which will host and encourage discussions before and after each consultation.

How will the Center for Financial Inclusion share findings from the global consultations?

The Center for Financial Inclusion will host an open blog to engage the industry and share the questions and viewpoints of consultation participants in the aggregate.

More information:

If you would like to participate in this series of global consultations, please send your name, organization, and contact information to Rosita Najmi ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). FAB is currently recruiting consultation hosts and chairs and hopes to launch the consultation series soon.