Consultative Group to Assist the Poor

Founding Year: 1995

Staff: 79

Budget: $ 23.64m

Greta Bull (Chief Executive Officer)

The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor is an “independent think tank that works to empower poor people to build resilience and capture opportunities through financial services.” It “tests, learns and develops innovative solutions through practical research and active engagement with its partners” for the purpose of “building responsible and inclusive financial systems that help move people out of poverty, protect their gains and advance global development goals.”

Work areas:



  • Rapid Account Opening in a Pandemic (July 2020, 16p): “provides guidance for those designing and deploying social assistance payments to help them work with financial sector regulators and implement social assistance payments that facilitate rapid, remote account opening.”
  • Microfinance and COVID-19: A Framework for Regulatory Response (June 2020, 16p): provides insights for an inclusive finance “that is empathetic toward vulnerable clients, attuned to the specific risks of microfinance services, and open to communication and consultation with the industry.”


Consultative Group to Assist the Poor contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals

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