Banking on Change is a partnership between international banking group Barclays and NGOs Plan International and CARE International which aims to improve the quality of life for poor people by extending and developing access to basic financial services.
Today, more than 2.5 billion people in the developing world are considered “financially excluded”. This means they do not have access to basic financial services, such as savings, bank accounts or credit.
Access to even the most basic financial services can help households increase and manage their incomes, helping to lift people out of poverty and providing them with access to the financial infrastructure they both want and deserve.
Banking on Change brings together the independent expertise of Barclays, CARE and Plan to improve the quality of life for poor people by extending and developing access to basic financial services.
Having successfully extended basic financial access to over 513,000 people in its first three years, the partnership now aims to sustainably expand access for young people, as they are particularly vulnerable to financial barriers. The programme will run in seven countries: Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
To find out more please read our Breaking the Barriers to Financial Inclusion report.
Banking on Change demonstrates the new model of partnership between the public, private and non-profit sectors that is needed to meet the huge development challenges facing the world. It aims to deliver both powerful social benefits, as well as business benefits by linking with formal banking services and engaging the skills of Barclays staff.
As a result it has been awarded a Big Tick by Business in the Community and has been recognised by the Business Call to Action network. It has also won ‘Best Overseas Project’ at the Business Charity Awards 2012 and ‘Most Effective Long-term Philanthropic Scheme’ at the Corporate Engagement Awards 2012.
For more information visit: www.barclays.com/bankingonchange