Accion is a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world, with a pioneering legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. We catalyze financial service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions at scale for the three billion people who are left out of — or poorly served by — the financial sector. For nearly 60 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through our work with more than 160 partners in 55 countries. More at http://www.accion.org.
About Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI):
Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) works to advance inclusive financial services for the billions of people who currently lack the financial tools needed to improve their lives and prosper. We leverage partnerships to conduct rigorous research and test promising solutions, and then advocate for evidence-based change. CFI was founded by Accion in 2008 to serve as an independent think tank on inclusive finance.
As part of our strategy, CFI focuses on four thematic priorities: climate resilience and adaptation, women’s financial inclusion, consumer data opportunities and risks, and consumer protection. In addition, in light of COVID-19 and its enormous effects on the communities we serve, CFI has also added a dedicated workstream focusing on COVID-19 and the impacts on low-income people.
CFI’s role in the inclusive finance space is to identify learning gaps that could advance financial health of low-income people and undertake research and pilot testing to advance our collective understanding of what would drive progress. In areas where there is clear evidence of what works, CFI collaborates with partners to advocate and embed learning into implementation and practices of partners. CFI partners with all types of stakeholders – donors, investors, policymakers and providers – both in its research and pilot testing work as well as during its advocacy phase.
The Vice President—Research and Programs is a new role that will provide management oversight of CFI’s thematic research agenda, overseeing and providing support to research leads covering one or more of CFI’s priority areas including women’s financial inclusion, climate, consumer protection and data risks & opportunities. The position will also play a strong role in CFI’s influence strategy and resource development.
Driving CFI’s research and programmatic agenda
Providing organizational leadership