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As Africa undergoes a technological revolution, the Mobile360 conference, which will take place in Kigali (Rwanda) between the 16th-18th July, aims to debate and share information about the potential of smartphones and mobile banking to promote financial inclusivity in the continent.
Around 2 billion people in the world still do not have access to a bank account, particularly women. The fact that, in Africa, there are more people with access to mobile phones (93%) than to a drainage system could provide the answer to financial exclusion. Initiatives like Mobile360 are exploring the potential of mobile banking in underserved communities.
The goal of the Mobile360 conference, which will focus on ‘The Rise of the Digital Citizen’, is to analyse who truly benefits from the digital revolution in Africa and how we can create an inclusive and safe digital society.
The programme of the conference includes panels, workshops, showcases, side sessions and networking. There is a wide array of topics that will be approached, such as digital inclusivity, gender equality, fake news, and more.
Mobile360 can also rely on the presence of world-class speakers, representing organisations such as Facebook, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the African Development Bank
These are international specialists with different backgrounds and experiences, but for whom sustainable development, digital inclusivity and the economy are intrinsically linked.
Financial inclusion for the SDGs
TRANSFORM believes that financial inclusion plays an essential role in driving progress. Although it is not a standalone goal, it can serve as a catalyst for accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The rise of mobile technology in sub-Saharan Africa can help achieve this, allowing the expansion of financial services in a cheap and accessible way. As well as financially ‘including’ underserved households, the growth of digital financial services could also help combat corruption and fraud.