The coronavirus has changed the world as we know it, with few things left unscathed by the pandemic. The crisis has shone a harsh spotlight on a range of development challenges, and the choices the world makes now, on its path to recovery, will shape the trajectory of sustainable development for years to come.

I was privileged to attend the first Africa Shared Value eSummit this week, at which a key theme was financial inclusion and how the Covid-19 pandemic has paved the way for us to innovate to provide financial services to the most marginalised segments of our society. I firmly believe that financial inclusion can become a key enabler in addressing the impact of Covid-19 in the post-viral recovery period, helping vulnerable households and businesses become more resilient and recover...

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