The Financial Inclusion Challenge

>> Authored by Juhi Desai (The Wall Street Journal)

The Wall Street Journal recently launched ‘The Financial Inclusion Challenge,’ a new competition designed to spotlight innovations and achievements in financial inclusion in Asia.

The Financial Inclusion Challenge‘ invites non-profit and for-profit enterprises around the world to submit applications that showcase their best solutions for individuals who struggle to be part of Asia-Pacific’s financial mainstream. The Challenge is part of a major editorial initiative by the Journal to provide news and insights about the world’s more than two billion people who are largely excluded from basic financial services.

Finalists may be profiled on Winners will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in Hong Kong and may receive grants if applicable in their territory.

Our independent panel of judges will assess the above-mentioned solutions based on whether they have had a meaningful impact on financial inclusion in Asia-Pacific. Entries will be separated into the following categories: technology; education; and operational effectiveness. There will be three category winners, and one overall Challenge winner chosen by the judges. Additionally, there will be a People’s Choice winner chosen by public vote from among finalists.

The WSJ has also launched our financial inclusion news series, ‘Financing the Future,’ which will have its own multimedia hub in just a few days.

For more information on the Challenge, the judges, and links to the editorial content on the series thus far, please visit

For updates on the Challenge, and to follow WSJ’s news series on financial inclusion, please “like” ’WSJ Financial Inclusion’ on Facebook at

Please also note the Challenge’s May 15 deadline, which is fast-approaching. This is a new initiative from the Journal, so if you have any feedback, questions or comments, feel free to contact us at

The Wall Street Journal looks forward to you joining the #WSJInclusion conversation.

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