4th Financial Inclusion Conference: Roads to Resilience

Date/Deadline: 26 Oct, 2021

The NSW Financial Inclusion Network, in partnership with Northern Rivers Community Gateway and UNSW’s Centre for Social Impact, invite you to the 4th Financial Inclusion Conference – Roads to Resilience, to be held in Sydney over Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 October 2021.

More than ever, now is the time to pursue and expand conversation around financial resilience, in order to shape policies and practices that steer Australia in the direction of positive financial wellbeing.

The 4th Financial Inclusion Conference – Roads to Resilience aims to take a deep dive into financial resilience and explore the various roads to it. The conference is particularly relevant now, following the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Accordingly, NSW Financial Inclusion Network has expanded their program to examine the impacts of this pandemic on our communities. With more sessions, speakers and an additional fourth breakout stream, Roads to Resilience will explore the major challenges of disasters affecting Australia and the world today, including the Australian climate change events of 2020.

This conference will bring issues of financial exclusion and financial vulnerability to light, expanding conversation around financial resilience. By deepening conversation around their central themes, they hope to illuminate the developments of innovative programs and service delivery. They will showcase relevant research findings and celebrate the person-centred approach of NGOs, government initiatives and highlight perceived funding gaps in the sector. Roads to Resilience provides opportunities to draw on some real data and experiences facing the community at this time.

The NSW Financial Inclusion Network recognises the value of seeing each other in person and the importance of networking in the work they do. Their decision to postpone this conference to October 2021 was made to ensure the safety of all speakers and delegates, and to enable the chance of coming together in a face-to-face environment.

Roads to Resilience will go ahead as planned at SMC Conference & Function Centre in Sydney and will be a COVID-Safe event. The expanded conference program will also be delivered live and online through the event’s app.

The NSW Financial Inclusion Network formed in 2015 as a social policy think tank, engaging the community sector, government and peak organisations for the purpose of working towards a more financially inclusive future for NSW.

There is growing evidence that financial resilience is an important layer for achieving financial inclusion. This conference aims to take a deep dive into financial resilience and explore the various roads to it. Accordingly, conference content will centre around the building blocks of financial resilience, those being:

– Economic resources
– Financial products and services
– Finance knowledge and behaviour
– Social capital

The conference will deepen conversations around these central themes, the development of innovation programs and service delivery. It will showcase current research, findings and celebrate the person-centred approach of NGOs, government initiatives and highlight perceived funding gaps in this sector.

The conference will have a number of international and national keynote and guest speakers joining the event to share their expertise and knowledge. In addition, the conference will deliver targeted workshops, discussion groups and panels.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided on both days.

This conference is facilitated by the NSW Financial Inclusion Network, in partnership with Northern Rivers Community Gateway and UNSW’s Centre for Social Impact.

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