Promoting meaningful financial inclusion in a digital Africa

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Original research publications from our team

Social commerce and the digital lives of micro-entrepreneurs

New research from Caribou Data provides a unique perspective into the digital lives of micro-entrepreneurs in Kenya, quantifying how they use digital platforms to...
Bryan Pon
1 min read

Exploring how digital platforms are helping to fill skills…

Our latest research has moved to a new site. Read about the research theme here and where to access our latest work.
Annabel Schiff
2 min read

Platforms and Livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa

Any discussion of livelihoods in 2020 should account for the growing role of platforms.
Jonathan Donner
16 sec read

How Platforms are Changing the Landscape of Financial Inclusion

Platforms are increasingly offering financial services, with implications for platform business models and financial inclusion.
Marissa Dean
1 min read

Partner Insights

Research and insights from our partners, Mastercard Foundation's financial inclusion portfolio.

A framework to measure women’s economic empowerment in financial…

This publication developed by FinEquity is a reference guide for financial inclusion practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders interested in applying women’s economic empowerment (WEE)...
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Software, systems, and tools for early-stage fintechs

Between August and September 2020, Venture Lab surveyed 21 early-stage fintechs to understand what tools and systems they use to power their companies’ operations....
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From our Blog

MSMEs, social commerce, and digital behavior

Almost all small businesses in Kenya are using digital platforms of some kind. To help improve the capacity of MSMEs to leverage these tools,...
Annabel Schiff and Bryan Pon
2 min read

4 Ways Platforms are Driving Financial and Economic Inclusion…

There are hundreds of platforms operating across Africa. Some, like Jumia and OLX, connect providers and buyers of goods, others like Lynk and Hello...
Jessica Osborn
7 min read

Digital finance and MSMEs—The initial story of how and…

MSMEs face a range of challenges, one of which is access to financial services that meet their specific needs.
Niamh Barry
6 min read

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