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Now taking applications: 2016 Accion Ambassadors Volunteer Program

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Note: We’ve moved! Follow this year’s Ambassadors blog posts here. We won’t be posting on this blog anymore, but all past blog posts have been moved to the new site, so you’ll be able to still find them.

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Every year, we send an intrepid group of volunteers to work with our partners around the world. We call them Accion Ambassadors. These passionate individuals document their journeys and report back with firsthand insights about financial inclusion and how it’s evolving. In the past, we’ve designed assignments based on the volunteers’ skills and interests, and on those of our partners — but this year, we’ll be doing things a little differently.

How does financial inclusion affect the lives of everyday entrepreneurs? How can technology play a part in economic development? What’s working on the frontlines, and what can we do better?

These are the questions we hope this year’s Ambassadors will strive to answer, through regular blogging and social media updates. We’re looking for writers, photographers, and content producers who are curious about the world economy, insatiable in their appetite for travel, and committed to reporting back on financial inclusion’s progress and challenges.

From microenterprises in Mumbai to fintech statrups in Zambia, this year’s Ambassadors will have the opportunity to see innovation for social good around the world through placements with our partners that last for a minimum of two weeks in the summer.

Learn more about the program requirements here, or read through some of the highlights from last year’s Ambassadors:

  1. “Why are there so many slums in India?” // Mumbai
  2. “The loan officer’s story” // Asuncion
  3. “3 Reasons Microfinance Still Matters” // Bogota
  4. “8 Lessons from Zoona, An African Fintech Startup” // Lusaka
  5. “Is microfinance innovating enough?” // Bangalore

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