Global Policy Leadership Alliance

AFI is a policy leadership alliance that is owned and powered by members with the common objective of advancing financial inclusion at the country, regional and international levels through partnerships with regulators, international organizations and private sector leaders. Driven by practical solutions, the network facilitates the implementation of impactful policy changes through its cooperative model that imbeds peer learning, knowledge exchange and peer transformation.

AFI was founded on the idea that a global knowledge exchange platform was key to expanding and improving financial inclusion policies. Over the years, the AFI network – with support from donors and partners – has invested deeply in this platform and is delivering tangible results.

It has been over a decade since AFI began its quest to address the global challenge of financial exclusion and in that time has witnessed tremendous achievements from its membership of central banks and financial regulators from roughly 90 emerging and developing countries to advance the financial inclusion agenda.

Our Vision
Making financial services more accessible to the world’s unbanked.
Our Mission
Empowering policymakers to increase access and usage of quality financial services for the underserved, through formulation, implementation and global advocacy of sustainable and inclusive policies.
Our Values
AFI maintains a work environment that fosters personal and professional growth for all employees that revolves around six principles – ownership, integrity, transparency, respect, excellence and collaboration.
Ownership
We ensure a common understanding of AFI vision and values. We take responsibility for our decisions and communicate them clearly and timely. We are responsible for our own professional development.
Integrity
We apply the same rules for all. We are not influenced by external stakeholders. We do not seek to make personal gains as a result of our working relationships.
Transparency
We share relevant information in a timely manner. We ensure decision making processes are clearly communicated. We encourage open dialogue with colleagues where we can share constructive criticism.
Respect
We are respectful of people’s cultures and backgrounds. We assume good intentions. We take time to understand each other’s roles and value each person’s responsibilities.
Excellence
We ensure AFI quality standards are met. We are proactive and put members’ needs first. We set high individual performance goals.
Collaboration
We apply patience, understanding and respect towards each other in all stages of the work process. We help and assist others and go beyond our job descriptions. We share information and knowledge freely and willingly.
AFI governance structure
The cooperation model upon which our network is built is a simple one, based on two key priorities:
Country-led approaches: AFI members focus on ways to support countries in designing and implementing high-impact solutions to meet their unique needs and challenges. This approach has created ownership and a sense of pride as ever more ambitious targets are set and achieved.
Peer-to-peer engagement: The value of knowledge and experience is not judged by the size or wealth of any one institution. Our cooperation model creates a community of equals where every member, no matter how large or small, is given the opportunity to share as well as to learn.

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