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Financial Inclusion in Latin America


Access to financial markets; Financial services; Financial stability; Microfinance


Financial inclusion is an ecosystem in which supply, demand, and the regulatory framework interact with the same degree of relevance. Therefore, a definition that considers all its complexity and multidimensionality is crucial. Broadly speaking, we can say that financial inclusion includes the establishment, the promotion, and the regulation of an accessible, affordable, and safe financial environment for the society as a whole. It aims at promoting economic well-being and social inclusion through the supply of financial services and products designed to satisfy the needs of different segments of society.


The significant contribution that financial inclusion can make to achieving inclusive economic growth and the Sustainable Development Goals has gained global recognition. This has in turn led to critical policy reforms that help establish an enabling environment to...

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Carballo, I.E. (2018). Financial Inclusion in Latin America. In: Farazmand, A. (eds) Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer, Cham.

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