The Universal Postal Union (UPU), an agency of the United Nations has officially rolled out a digital financial service project targeted to reach around 800,000 people across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific under its Financial Inclusion Technical Assistance Facility (FITAF) in 2019.

This was born out of a need to reduce the number of people still unbanked around the globe, with data showing 31% of adults are not financially included in the world economy. Data also shows that Africa, contributes 17 % to the total number of unbanked adults around the world, with Asia and Pacific accounting for 38% of unbanked adults.

Towards providing financial inclusion for these unbanked adults, UPU would first launch this programme in Benin, Côte d Ivoire, Ghana, Rwanda, while also focusing on the digitalization of postal financial services.

Bishar A. Hussein, UPU Director General, while speaking at a panel session during UNCTAD’s Africa eCommerce Week in Nairobi, said the UPU was “acting concretely to develop digital finance through the Post on the ground, to the benefit of the under-served population and businesses.”

“We are building partnerships with international donors and the private sector to support the Posts in their digital journey,” added the Director-General.


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