Portfolio of Policy Guidance Notes on the Promotion of Decent Work in the Rural Economy

Developing the Rural Economy through Financial Inclusion: The Role of Access to Finance

While rural communities need financial services the most, they remain the largest unserved market for financial services. Ensuring their financial inclusion can unlock the considerable economic potential of rural areas, and benefit the rural poor by increasing household income and decent work. The ILO can contribute greatly to this goal through its technical capacity in financial inclusion and in integrating access to finance strategies in its work that reaches out to the rural economy, and leveraging the effects of this with ILO constituents.