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Washington, DC, 30 September 2014 – CGAP today announced the launch of the newly redesigned Microfinance Gateway website, the world’s leading online resource for and by the financial inclusion community. Aimed at supporting global efforts to advance financial inclusion for the world’s poor, the new design and enhancements of the Microfinance Gateway make it easier for industry professionals to find and share resources and information.

The multilingual Microfinance Gateway, managed by CGAP, offers regional specific content in four languages: Arabic. English. French. and Spanish. The community-driven site draws over 1 million visitors annually from more than 200 countries with user-generated content that includes the latest financial inclusion publications, upcoming trainings and events, and a comprehensive listing of industry jobs and internships.

The new website has even been honored by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts with a prestigious 2014 W3 Award. The W3 Awards honor creative excellence on the web, recognizing the creative and marketing professionals behind sites, videos, marketing programs, and web apps.

In addition to its overall visual appeal, the new site features improved navigation for easy browsing, enhanced search functionality, and a greater ability to personalize the user experience. Other improvements include mobile-responsiveness and greater download speed for visitors without high-speed internet access. Users can now save their searches, easily filter content, and track the content they submit or save through a customized dashboard.

“Learning and sharing about financial inclusion, no matter where you are in the world, is now a lot easier,” said Natalie Greenberg, who oversees the Microfinance

Gateway. “Whether you’re a program officer at a microfinance institution in rural Bolivia or a manager at a bank in Khartoum, the Gateway offers the practical information and knowledge that is important to advance financial inclusion. I encourage people to check it out.”

Financial inclusion is important for economic and social development and plays a role in reducing extreme poverty. An estimated 2.5 billion working-age adults – more than half of the world’s total adult population – have no access to formal financial services.

Since 2000, the Gateway has been the web's leading resource for knowledge and career development opportunities in microfinance and financial inclusion. It is a community website that encourages contributions from individuals and organizations, including library documents, announcements, job opportunities, and event listings.

“The Microfinance Gateway is an online resource for and by the financial inclusion community,” said Tilman Ehrbeck, CEO of CGAP. “Its new design and functionalities enable vibrant knowledge-sharing that is critical for advancing financial inclusion for the world’s poor.”

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CGAP (the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) is a global partnership of 34 leading organizations that seek to advance financial inclusion. CGAP develops innovative solutions through practical research and active engagement with financial service providers, policy makers, and funders to enable approaches at scale. Housed at the World Bank, CGAP combines a pragmatic approach to responsible market development with an evidence-based advocacy platform to increase access to the financial services the poor need to improve their lives. More at .

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