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Markets, Motives, and Micro-Finance: A View of the SDGs

November 15, 2023

By John Rieger and Tracie Yang

(Photo: Conor Ashleigh / The Asia Foundation)

The UN Action Summit in September marked the half-way point for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. There’s been some progress since 2015, but some tough setbacks too, says our guest today. Atul Tandon is the CEO of Opportunity International, a social enterprise that develops financial services for the poorest of the poor in Asia, Africa, and Central America.

Atul has his own insight into the power of markets and financial inclusion. Born poor in India, he rose through the ranks at Citi Bank to become a leader in retail banking, until, at a certain age, he set out in a different direction. He shares some of that story with us today, and what he thinks about our progress on the SDGs.

 


 

Atul Tandon, CEO of Opportunity International (Photo: Opportunity International)

Related programs: Environment and Climate Action

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