Financial Institutions have always been one of the biggest propellers of economy and harbinger of socio-economic prosperity. The sector dwells in a dynamic business environment with constant forays into shifting paradigms of business. The report ‘The Next Decade – How Financial Institutions can help the East Grow’ recommends the future of course that can be taken by financial institutions to promote inclusive growth in the region and provide access to basic financial services to the uninitiated population in remote areas. The report analyses the socio-economic externalities of SME financing, financial inclusion and infrastructure financing and also highlights some of the best practices that have been successful in other countries like China, Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia and Kenya. The study collates views from leading policymakers and financial institutions. It has also been enriched by inputs from SMEs.