#socialfintech: Can FinTech improve Financial Inclusion of Refugees in Switzerland?
Even though it might be surprising, financial inclusion seems to be a major issue for refugees in Switzerland.
AsyLex, a charity providing free legal aid to refugees, made a survey among banks which confirmed this impression. People who had to flee struggle to get access to financial services in Switzerland, mostly regarding opening a bank account and money transfer. As a consequence, AsyLex, together with the Swiss Finance + Technology Association and the think tank foraus, decided to organize a roundtable on this topic on February 15, 2018 in Zürich. The event will be hosted by Thomson Reuters and an apéro will be sponsored by Swiss Sustainable Finance.
We are proud and thrilled to welcome the following guests:
Colin Waugh — currently researching investment in socially inclusive financial services in Southern Africa — joining the round table. He has relevant experience from the IOM migrant assistance and subsequent financial development work in Africa, and he is still participating in the Eywa Human Chain Project, an innovative approach to transparency in charitable giving, robust from signature of agreement through to disbursement, implementation and record keeping, with verifiable performance milestones operating as digital triggers providing all parties with pre-quantifiable financial parameters for their involvement.
Daniel Tsegai, Eritrean citizen seeking for asylum in Switzerland who is affected by the current restriction.
Michael Diaz, Alternative Bank Schweiz — Michael is a member of the managing board and was involved in a project from the Alternative Bank Switzerland (ABS) last year to allow people with refugee status access to a bank account.
Karim Maizar, Kellerhals — Karim is a lawyer and partner at Kellerhals, specialized in start-up/finance and personally interested in refugee topics.
Register on swissfinte.ch/events/#
More info on the event will soon be published!