The DESA Forum on Disability and Development:
Round Table Discussion on Financial Inclusion for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: A Disability Perspective
- New York, United States
- June 13, 2014
- Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
- Venue: UNHQ New York
- Organized by: The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in collaboration with The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, Leonard Cheshire Disability, the Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION, Barclays Bank.
For over 1 billion persons living with some forms of disability, their full potential has not always been realized due to existing barriers. This is often the case in terms of access to financial services and products, making it excessively difficult for persons with disabilities to start or build businesses, develop pension plans, and take out loans. These barriers need to be addressed in financial inclusion programmes so to ensure that persons with disabilities have the opportunity to unlock their productive potential, making gains for themselves, for their families and, indeed, for their broader communities.
Making financial services fully accessible to persons with disabilities is thus an imperative for their empowerment and realization of their human rights. At the same time, without the financial inclusion of 15% of the world population - it will be impossible to tackle the greatest global challenge facing the world today: eradicating poverty.
The Round Table Discussion seeks to bring together stakeholders from governments, civil society and the private sector to:
1. To take a stock of progress made so far in including disability in financial sector policies and practices;
2. To share experiences, challenges and good practices in this regard;
3. To discuss options and ways forward as to how commitments made on the local, national, regional and global level can better incorporate the perspectives and needs of persons with disabilities.