As countries around the world take measures to protect their populations against the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, it is clear that this pandemic will have not only far-reaching public health consequences but also severe economic effects. As always, poor and marginalized people without access to adequate safety nets are the most at risk. 

For the FinDev Gateway community of financial inclusion and microfinance practitioners around the globe - and in particular microfinance clients - each day presents new challenges. There are no best practices yet in place, so communication and knowledge exchange with peers can play a vital role in providing support in difficult times. 

This Topic Hub on COVID-19 provides a collective space for our community to share experiences, ideas and lessons learned as we all struggle to manage this unprecedented global crisis.

Visit FinDev's regional platforms for resources in SpanishFrench, and Arabic relevant for the financial inclusion community in Latin America and the Caribbean, Francophone Africa, and the Arab world.

FinDev Discussion - COVID-19: How Is the Pandemic Affecting Your Work and the Clients You Serve?

We invited organizations from around the world to share their experiences and thoughts on how the ongoing global health crisis is impacting their work. Join the discussion and tell us how your organization is dealing with this situation, what challenges you are facing, and what ideas you have for supporting those who most need it. 

CGAP Collection Page - COVID-19 & Inclusive Finance: Lessons From Past Crises

CGAP is compiling a list of resources from its own research and from other organizations to help inform the response. This is a living resource that will be updated regularly.

FinDev Guide to Data: Tracking the Global Response to COVID-19

Many organizations are mobilizing resources to track various responses to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We have compiled a list of existing data sources and trackers, indicating the level of relevance for microfinance and financial inclusion when possible.  

Information Hubs - A few organizations have started to create specialized COVID-19 information hubs which are relevant for financial inclusion.

Weekly Updates - Stay up-to-date on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the financial inclusion community with our curated list of news, blogs, publications, data and events published by various organizations worldwide.

Publications - Explore the latest research on the implications of coronavirus COVID-19 for microfinance and financial inclusion.  

Events - Check out upcoming online events exploring responses to the novel coronavirus pandemic and actions relevant for microfinance and financial inclusion. 

News - Keep up with the latest news on how COVID-19 is impacting the microfinance and financial inclusion community.


This brief considers the potential impact of the global pandemic on health, food security and nutrition, and economic well-being of women and girls.


    Can digital finance help to overcome the immediate challenges presented by the pandemic?

    The focus of this paper is on how the financial services industry has been responding to date to the pandemic with an emphasis on the role of business continuity plans.

    News & Events

    The latest news and upcoming events and training from the global financial inclusion community on this topic.