Second Workshop on Rural Financial Inclusion

Hosted by Bank Asia, Bangladesh

2-4 October 2018 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) | Dhaka, Bangladesh​



​Inauguration session
  • Host member bank
  • Chair of WSBI Rural Financial Inclusion Working Group
  • VIPs

Multi-stakeholders approach to address rural finance       

  • Ensure an enabling environment (channel funding for rural development, build legal systems to diversify 'collateral', create incentive for financial sector, etc.) 
  • Accompany rural financial services with non-financial services (financial education, livelihood creation, capacity building, insurance, etc.)
  • Shared infrastructure/Co-opetition
​Coffee break
​Recap of the First Workshop on Rural Financial Inclusion hosted by the Postal Savings Bank of China, by WSBI
​Downscale: From small business finance to microenterprise and self-employed finance  
  • Develop customised products
  • Process innovation in rural credit delivery (e.g. graduation model by BRAC Bank, SHGs in India)​
​Lunch break
​Agent management
  • Case study on agent banking

Discussion on Challenges: liquidity management, risk management, agent management, pricing, issues of integration, branding, conflict of interests, etc. 

​Coffee break
​The use of data in furthering financial inclusion for rural populations
  • Recent innovative case studies
  • Rural finance human resource capacity building: e.g. Grameen Learning Program (G-LEAP)




​Agent network management 
​Microfinance products: Design, pricing and marketing 

​​Field visit to Bank Asia’s Agent in rural areas​