The Global Inclusion Awards 2019

The Global Inclusion Awards 2019, a CYFI initiative, recognize and honor those who achieve greatness in furthering the Economic Citizenship of children and youth at the national, regional and international level. The Awardees demonstrate innovation in financial, social and livelihoods education, financial inclusion, and entrepreneurial support for children and youth.

The 8th annual Global Inclusion Awards Ceremony was held on 19 June 2019 as part of the 5th Child & Youth Finance International Global Summit on 19-20 June at the Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. Read more about the CYFI Global Summit here.

Global Inclusion Awards Report 2019

GIA Report 2019 cover

29 inspiring finalists were brought forward by the CYFI Secretariat. The members of the Global Inclusion Awards Jury had a difficult decision in choosing the Award winners for the award categories from the impressive list of finalists. We would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners of the Global Inclusion Awards 2019 and wish them continued success.

Read about the Global Inclusion Awards 2019, award categories, winners and finalists in the “Global Inclusion Awards Report 2019” here.

Global Inclusion Awards Ceremony Agenda 2019

Global Inclusion Awards Ceremony Agenda 2019 can be accessed here.

Finalists and winners of the Global Inclusion Awards 2019

CYFI Country Award 2019


The winner of the CYFI Sprinter Award 2019 is Jordan – Central Bank of Jordan

The finalists in this category are:

  1. Azerbaijan | Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan
  2. Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) | Central Bank of the Democratic Republic of Congo
  3. Malaysia | Central Bank of Malaysia (BNM)


The winner of the CYFI Best Collaborator Award 2019 is Mongolia – The Central Bank of Mongolia

The finalists in this category are:

  1. Angola | National Bank of Angola
  2. Argentina | Ministry of Finance; Central Bank of the Argentine Republic (BCRA)
  3. Colombia | Central Bank of Colombia; Ministry of Finance
  4. Morocco | Moroccan Foundation for Financial Education (FMEF)
  5. Portugal | Bank of Portugal, Portuguese Insurance and Pension Funds Supervisory Authority (ASF), Portuguese Securities Market Commission (CMVM)


The winner of the CYFI Youth Engagement Award 2019 is Kyrgyzstan – National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic

The finalists in this category are:

  1. Brunei Darussalam | Ministry of Education Brunei Darussalam, Monetary Authority of Brunei Darussalam (AMBD)
  2. Cote d’Ivoire | Ministry of Education – Financial Education Program (PEF)
  3. Lebanon | Ministry of Social Affairs - The Higher Council for Childhood
  4. Mexico | Bank of Mexico (BdeM)
Global Money Week Award 2019


The winner of the GMW Excellence Award 2019 is Egypt – Egyptian Banking Institute (EBI)

The finalists in this category are:

  1. Bhutan | Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan (RMA)
  2. Colombia | Central Bank of Colombia, AMV Colombia, Plan Colombia, Asobancaria, Financial Superintendence of Colombia (SFC), Fasecolda, Banca de las Oportunidades
  3. Hungary | Ministry of Human Capacities, Ministry of Finance, Ministry for Innovation and Technology, Money Compass Foundation (The Central Bank of Hungary), Hungarian Banking Association, Junior Achievement Hungary
  4. Zambia | Bank of Zambia (BoZ)


The winner of the GMW Best Collaborator Award 2019 is Peru – Superintendency of Banking, Insurance and Private Pension Fund Administrators (SBS)

The finalists in this category are:

  1. Bhutan | Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan (RMA)
  2. Morocco | Moroccan Foundation for Financial Education (FMEF)
  3. Romania | National Bank of Romania (NBR)
  4. Saudi Arabia | Social Development Bank Saudi Arabia (SDB)
  5. Uganda | Private Education Development Network (PEDN), National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC), Bank of Uganda (BoU)


The winner of the GMW Newcomer Special Recognition Award 2019 is Cape Verde – Bank of Cape Verde, Association for the Promotion of Financial Education (PROFIN), Stock Exchange of Cape Verde (BVC), Association of Young Economists (AJECON)

The finalists in this category are:

  1. Timor-Leste | Central Bank of Timor-Leste (BCTL)
  2. Trinidad and Tobago | National Financial Education Committee (NFEC), Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago

Award Categories and Applications

The Global Inclusion Awards 2019 consisted of the following two award categories which were brought forward by the CYFI Secretariat:

  • CYFI Country Award
  • Global Money Week Award

CYFI Country Award


Global Money Week Award

General Criteria

The Global Inclusion Awards 2019 focus on national authorities that have excelled in the promotion of Economic Citizenship for children andyouth. All applications submitted for the Global Inclusion Awards 2019 are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Good standing: Nominees must be of outstanding character and reputation.
  • Accountability: Nominees must demonstrate good governance and transparent financial management.
  • Creativity: Nominees must demonstrate creative use of resources to deliver flexible programs.
  • Partnership: Nominees must demonstrate that the spirit of effective collaboration and partnership is integrated into their activities.
  • Sustainability: Nominees must demonstrate how their work continues to impact young people going forward.
  • Track record: Nominees’ initiatives must be embedded in the community.
  • Impact: Nominees must demonstrate how needs were addressed and demonstrate that the desired outcomes were achieved.
  • Outreach: Nominees must demonstrate current and future outreach initiatives.

Jury of the Global Inclusion Awards 2019

Through their richly varied backgrounds, our jury members have years of professional experience as practitioners in the areas of finance, child welfare and/or non-profit development. The jury members of the Global Inclusion Awards 2019 include:

  • The Chair: Prof. Jaap Doek is emeritus professor of Law (Family and Juvenile Law) at the VU University (Vrije Universiteit) in Amsterdam. He is a member (since 2014) and the chairperson (since November 2016) of the Supervisory Board of Child Helpline International (CHI) and a member of the International Supervisory Board of Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI) since 2012. He has been and still is active as an advisor/consultant for, among others, the Special representative on Children and armed Conflict, the regional office of UNICEF for East and Southern Africa, a number of UNICEF country offices and some governments of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Previously, Prof. Doek was a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’ (1999 - 2007) and a chairperson of that Committee (2001-2007).
  • Jeroo Billimoria is a CYFI Board representative of the Jury. She is the founder of Child & Youth Finance International and several other innovative and award-winning NGOs. She is a Skoll awardee, and an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow. Also, Jeroo has received a Royal Honor from the King of the Netherlands by being appointed Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau in 2018. She is a globally respected speaker and advocate of economic empowerment for children, and her social and humanitarian work has reached the lives of millions of children around the world.
  • Tatiana Chopova is a private equity/venture capital investor and advisor with 20 years of investment, strategy and finance experience. Previously, Tatiana was a Managing Director at AlpInvest Partners (Carlyle Group). Before that she worked at McKinsey & Company and Credit Suisse First Boston. Ms. Chopova is also pursuing a PhD in Social Psychology.
  • Lauren Young is the Personal Finance Editor at Thomson Reuters and works closely with both and other Thomson Reuters platforms.
  • Gert Jan van der Hoeven is the Founder and Managing Partner of H2 Equity Partners. Gert Jan is Chairman of the Investment Committee and has 25 years of investing experience. Before H2 Gert Jan has worked with McKinsey & Company
  • Shaun Mundy is a consultant who specializes in the development and implementation of national financial education strategies and financial education programmes. He led the development and implementation of the UK's national financial education strategy (which was the first such strategy anywhere in the world). As a consultant, he has worked with the World Bank, GIZ, SBFIC, the OECD and many other leading international organizations and has provided consultancy support to around twenty countries.
  • Dr. Henrik Naujoks is a Director at Bain & Company and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Global Exchange for Social Investment.

Previous Awards Ceremonies

The 7th annual Global Inclusion Awards Ceremony was organized by Child & Youth Finance International, the Argentina’s G20 Presidency and GPFI on 3 July 2018, with the support of the G20-2020 Saudi Secretariat. It was held as part of the GPFI Forum: “Technological Trends in Digital Financial Inclusion” agenda on 3-4 July at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Finalists winners 2018

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Global Inclusion Awards Report 2018:

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From the first CYFI Awards Ceremony in Amsterdam in 2012, our celebration of the work of partners, stakeholders and active youth has evolved to become the Global Inclusion Awards. Read about our Awards winners and celebrations held in 2012 - 2017 below!