Fiona Jarden

Fiona Jarden

Role: Financial Inclusion Advocacy and Policy Advisor

Team: Private Sector Engagement


Fiona’s experience in financial inclusion began in remote Australian Aboriginal communities, where she worked for a number of years to address barriers families faced through financial exclusion and generational poverty. She later went on to lead financial inclusion programmes for these same communities and led on major projects with Westpac Bank to strengthen their ability to link with poor customers. Additionally she has worked for the Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations as a policy advisor across agendas including the sustainable development goals.

Fiona has a MA in International Development with a specialisation in development economics from the University of Newcastle, Australia.


Twitter: @FiJarden

Blog posts

Demand for financial services from low-income groups is at an all-time high. Some of that demand is by informal savings and loans groups – including

Thursday 22nd September at the United Nations General Assembly was a tremendous moment for the global women’s economic empowerment agenda. Not only did Ban Ki Moon become the first Secretary General to declare himself a feminist (for which he

Unless women have more empowerment, autonomy, and access to resources, we are not going to achieve change. Those are the words of Luis Guillermo Solís, President of Costa Rica and women’s economic empowerment advocate, speaking at an event on

Opportunities exist in Tanzania to scale up access to financial services for unbanked groups. The National Forum on Linking Informal Savings Groups to Formal Finance, held last month, revealed the depth in which organisations are supporting this

In Tanzania a group has gathered to purchase shares, grow their savings, access loans and do their book-keeping. Regular financial sector activities, but with a difference. These are the activities of the Tushikamane Paris group – an informal

In some parts of the world people used to think it was too difficult to bank the poor. Findings from last week’s webinar launch of the new