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COVID-19 and refugees' economic opportunities, financial services and digital inclusion

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Document Type: Reports and Assessments
Document Type: English
Published: 8 December 2020 (4 months ago)
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COVID-19 and refugees' economic opportunities, financial services and digital inclusion

Document Type: Reports and Assessments
Document Language: English
IRC report on financial inclusion for refugees with focus on Jordan, Kenya Uganda and Ethiopia - Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments worldwide have increased policy support for digital financial services, including by waiving fees and allowing remote onboarding to both allow for greater social distancing and support resilience in the midst of a major economic crisis. This research report - based on findings in refugee contexts in Jordan, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Mexico - finds that digital services such as mobile money can in theory be more accessible for refugees than standard bank accounts, in practice refugees continue to face barriers. These services are often new and underdeveloped and therefore untested, or refugees are only permitted a restricted form of access. Even though digital services are likely to become more important given the ‘new normal’ and continued need for socially distanced services, this transition is only starting, and refugees need to be included in mainstream

Partners

  • International Rescue Committee

Sectors

  •  Livelihood & Social cohesion

Locations

  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Uganda
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