Apr 18, 2017
Singapore, SINGAPORE

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) have formed a strategic partnership under the ongoing UNCDF’s SHIFT (Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations) programme to facilitate the development and access to digital financial services in the ASEAN region.

Jan 16, 2017

The grant agreement between the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and Digital Money Myanmar (Wave Money) was signed on the 9th of January 2017, in the presence of representatives from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Sep 21, 2016
Hanoi, Vietnam

The grant agreement between the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and Lien Viet Post Joint Stock Commercial Bank (LienVietPostBank) was publicly signed on 16 September 2016, in the presence of the State Bank of Vietnam,

Jun 29, 2016
Bangkok, Thailand

This blog series seeks to generate a broader discussion on the data that is needed to close the gender gap in financial inclusion in ASEAN. Our previous blog post argued that the headline data available on financial inclusion in the ASEAN region – the percentage of women with access to a formal account – is by itself insufficient to understand if, and how, women derive value from formal financial services.  

Apr 25, 2016
Bangkok, Thailand

This blog series stimulates a broader discussion on gendered financial inclusion in ASEAN. We examine why women’s access to financial services does not necessarily equate gendered usage. We further explore whether the value that women derive from financial services is impacted by the provider they access them from.

Feb 15, 2016
Bangkok, Thailand

66, 68 and 85 -- these numbers represent the percentage of the population that do not have access to reliable grid electricity in Cambodia, Myanmar and Uganda, respectively. From another perspective, it also is a market of 78 million people who could benefit from distributed energy solutions.

Dec 08, 2015
Bangkok, Thailand

The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) held a workshop entitled “Facilitating Inclusive Financial Markets” in the Dusit Thani Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on December 2, 2015. 

Sep 15, 2015

What is the challenge put forward by the CleanStart window?

The SHIFT Challenge Fund - CleanStart Energy Access Window challenges banks, non-bank financial institutions, microfinance Institutions, private sector companies, cooperative societies to introduce innovative financial products, approaches and services which facilitate expansion of consumer and/or enterprise financing, benefitting low-income consumers, especially women and marginalized groups, who want to transition to cleaner and more efficient energy.

Sep 01, 2015

UNCDF's SHIFT programme aims to improve the level of financial inclusion in the ASEAN region. SHIFT will facilitate the transition of low-income individuals and enterprises, targeting women in these market segments, from using informal to formal financial services. This transition enables an increase in productive investments, consumption stability and asset ownership, with the goal of reducing poverty and vulnerability to achieve inclusive economic growth.