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“Empower Consumers of Financial Products and Services through Improving Financial Literacy/Capability and Effective Consumer Protection”. Integrating Financial Literacy and Financial Consumer Protection in the National Project Anna Valkova, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation

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“Empower Consumers of Financial Products and Services through Improving Financial Literacy/Capability and Effective Consumer Protection”

Integrating Financial Literacy and Financial Consumer Protection in the National Project

Anna Valkova, Ministry of Finance

of the Russian Federation

13 June, 2013

financial literacy in russia
FINANCIAL LITERACY IN RUSSIA

Low level of trust in financial sector.

Planning horizon is very short.

Paternalism: Individuals do not accept their responsibility for own financial decisions.

More tnen 50% of Russians do not believe in the quick and just resolution of a conflict with financial organizations.

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Growing consumers indebtedness and increasing demand for objective information

  • Russian retail financial sector:
  • rapid growth accompanied by growth of consumer indebtedness (including debt not paid in time)
  • abundance of advertisement from banks, biased and difficult for understanding information
  • excessive fees,
  • imposed additional services, including insurance
  • consumers (especially after the peak of the financial crisis in 2008) began to understand lack of information
  • growth of complaints

* Onlyinquiries to Consumer Protection Service (government body in charge for consumer protection in Russia).

Actual total number of inquiries (including inquiries to consumer organizations and references directly to courts) would be at least twice higher.

russia s national financial literacy project basic facts
RUSSIA’S NATIONAL FINANCIAL LITERACY PROJECT – BASICFACTS
  • 5 years project: July, 2011-June,16.
  • $113m funding ($25m WB loan).
  • Target groups:
  • school- and college-age children and youth,
  • active and potential low- and middle-income users of financial services.
  • Project objectives:

- improve the financial literacy, efficient and responsible financial behavior of Russians,

- improve financial consumer protection.

holistic approach
HOLISTIC APPROACH

FINANCIAL CONSUMER PROTECTION

FINANCIAL EDUCATION

RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL INCLUSION FRAMEWORK

key pillars
KEY PILLARS
  • The policy framework for the Financial Literacy and Consumer Protection
  • National Strategy
  • Surveys, monitoring and evaluation
  • Training of experts, educators, journalists etc.
  • Developing tailored educational programs
  • National public awareness campaign
  • Pilot regions
key tasks
KEY TASKS

For consumers:

  • Ensuring adequate post-retirement income;
  • Avoiding excessive debts;
  • Creating financial cushion for life emergency and crisis situations;

For financial industry:

  • Improving dispute resolution mechanisms;
  • Enhancing information disclosure;
  • Prohibiting unfair business practices and

strengthening business conduct.

institutional and policy framework strategy monitoring and evaluation
INSTITUTIONAL AND POLICY FRAMEWORK, STRATEGY, MONITORING AND EVALUATION
  • Interagency Commission (Supervisory Board)
  • International Expert Council
  • MoF is assigned Agency within Government
  • Strengthening the policy framework for the

Financial Literacy and Consumer Protection

  • Development of the National FL Strategy which would go BEYOND the Project timeline
  • Surveys, monitoring and evaluation
development of the national strategy
DEVELOPMENT OF THE NATIONAL STRATEGY

1. Development of the core financial competencies learning framework for school children and adults.

2. National Surveys (2012):

  • National financial capability baseline survey;
  • OECD PISA financial literacy survey for 15 years old high school students;
  • National longitude panel surveyof consumer finance and behavior.
institutional and human capacity building
INSTITUTIONAL AND HUMAN CAPACITY BUILDING
  • training national experts in FL;
  • training regional teachers and tutors;
  • development of educational materials for all target groups;
  • providing ongoing methodical support to the educators.
regional focus
REGIONAL FOCUS
  • 2 pilot + 8 participating regions for the comprehensive programs: support to regional priorities + piloting federal programs;
  • Federal and regional co-funding:50/50;
  • Regional Centers for FE&FL;
  • Monitoring and evaluation of pilot initiatives;
  • Dissemination in 40 regions;
financial consumer protection
FINANCIAL CONSUMER PROTECTION
  • Strengthening the Consumer Protection Agency and the regulatory framework,
  • Improving dispute resolution mechanisms for financial consumers, including financial ombudsman,
  • Enhancing information disclosure,
  • Prohibiting unfair business practices and

strengthening business conduct,

  • Independent monitoring of financial institutions (e.g. surveys, mystery shopping, ratings).
innovative fund of good ideas 10 mln us
INNOVATIVE “FUND OF GOOD IDEAS” (10 mln US$)
  • Supporting and scaling up the best ideas and effective initiatives of civil society, public and private sector in financial education and consumer protection;
  • Regions;
  • Companies/Individuals;
  • Competitive selection.