The Child and Youth Finance Movement was launched in 2012 at the first Annual CYFI Summit and Awards Ceremony. At this Summit, stakeholders from over 80 countries committed to the Movement by advancing financial inclusion and economic citizenship education for children and youth. Since then, and in keeping with the Movement’s inclusive and participatory approach, Movement partners shared expertise and strategic input through Working Group meetings, the Child and Youth Finance International website and a series of regional meetings which took place on 5 continents.
Having completed a successful first year, the Second Annual Child and Youth Finance Summit provided the global network with the opportunity to reconvene and celebrate their accomplishments. The Summit also served as the platform to explore emerging trends from across the various regions, examine best practices and develop collaborations that can drive the Movement forward.
Crucially, the Summit also set the stage for children and youth to voice their opinions and recommendations on the financial issues most important to them – in dialogue with each other and with policymakers. Thus, the Summit proved to be an important milestone for the Movement, ensuring the collaborative action and input that guarantees that the Movement is continuously innovating, relevant and meets the needs of children and youth globally.