The world is witnessing a revolution in digital banking and financing, one in which Africa is leading the way. In just six years, technology has facilitated the financial inclusion of more than 1.2 billion people. “We have only just begun to tap the potential of digital finance and investment to meet the broader agenda set forth in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change,” noted UNSG António Guterres. While itself not one of the Sustainable Development Goals, financial inclusion is a key enabler of at least half of the SDGs. Inclusivity in access to savings accounts, loans, insurance and other financial services, help reduce poverty and inequality, achieve gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, and facilitate access to health and other basic services. Financial inclusion also promotes economic growth and jobs, and supports entrepreneurship and innovation, especially of the youth. Less considered, but no less potent, is the contribution of financial inclusion to conflict prevention and sustaining peace. Inclusivity, driven by the combined power of technology and access to finance, presents huge – and, so far, untapped - opportunities advancing SDG 16. By empowering individuals, financial inclusion not only advances the women and youth peace and security agendas (WPS/YPS), but also contributes to overcoming some of the daunting challenges facing countries emerging from conflict.