WATCH THE RECORDING: Webinar on rural youth access to finance feat. Carla Decker and examples from Colombia, Peru and Uganda


On Thursday, March 24, NCBA CLUSA’s Co-op Practice Area presented a panel discussion on how rural youth can leverage finance to unlock economic opportunities and achieve success.

Financial exclusion is one of the biggest barriers facing youth today, limiting their economic opportunities and ability to achieve success. In fact, nearly half of the world’s youth ages 15-24 remain unbanked. Youth not only confront challenges accessing capital from financial institutions; they also face barriers to the financial information and services they need to start or invest in a business, training or other asset-building activities.

The COVID-19 pandemic only heightened these realities by impacting jobs, disrupting education and increasing financial stress. Still, innovations are underway to unlock finance for youth. These ideas range from digital financial services to youth-focused financial products and other solutions to help youth transition from informal finance to formal financial products that better meet their needs.

Did you miss the webinar? Watch the recording!




Carla Decker

Chief Operating Officer
IDB Global Federal Credit Union

NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors



Jonathan Lopez

Financial Advisor
Rabobank Foundation, Peru




Etyang Naphtal

Technical Lead
USAID Kenya Empowered Youth

Former Chief of Party
Mastercard Foundation Youth Empowerment through Agriculture 



Maria Eugenia PĂ©rez Zea

Executive Director
Colombian Association of Cooperatives (ASCOOP)

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