Submission to Senate Inquiry into the Sustainable Development Goals March 2018

The participants of the Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP) Program welcome the opportunity provided by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee, to provide feedback on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as they relate to Australia.

The FIAP program (https://goodshepherdmicrofinance.org.au/services/financial-inclusion-action-plans-fiap/) led by Good Shepherd Microfinance on behalf of the Australian Government in partnership with EY and the Centre for Social Impact since 2015, is linked to Australia’s G20 Commitment to establish a national Financial Inclusion Action Plan (https://www.gpfi.org/publications/g20-financial-inclusion-action-plan-fiap-2017).

Since its inception in 2015, the FIAP program has enabled 30 organisations (FIAP Trailblazers) from across business, government, academia and the community sector, to take action to realise financial inclusion and resilience for vulnerable groups amongst their own clients, staff, suppliers and community partners. By taking these actions, FIAP Trailblazers also contribute towards 12 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly those associated with reducing inequalities and enabling inclusive economic growth.

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