This paper aims at discussing how financial education can contribute to equality of opportunity by improving financial – as well as social and even digital – inclusion. Ad hoc programs have been gaining momentum within the framework of sustainable development: despite some criticism, the need to fight financial exclusion is widely felt and unquestionable support stems from the 2030 Agenda that dates back to 2015. Its set of strategic goals acts as a stimulus to emphasize the role of new methodologies – such as those pertaining to e-teaching and e-learning – and to disseminate best practices that may help to promote equal opportunities in terms of access to appropriate financial Services; more recently, the global spread of covid-19 that has influenced the financial system as well as the fiscal, professional and social environments has stressed the importance of universalizing financial inclusion. Conclusions are based on the obstacles ahead, which are worth meeting not only for the good of the targeted organisations, like the unbanked and underbanked, but also for society as a whole.
Author (s) Details
Prof. Margherita Mori
Department of Industrial and Information Engineering and Economics, University of L’Aquila, Via Giuseppe Mezzanotte, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy.