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Vulnerable Groups in Lebanon Cite Health as Top Financial Challenge

CGAP

Refugees and host communities in Lebanon are faced with high levels of financial exclusion, a situation that is usually made worse by health-related shocks.   A 2019, study by the World Bank Group and CGAP found that these communities tend to rely on informal mechanisms to manage irregular cash-flows, such as converting cash to gold, borrowing

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Risk-Based Supervision Is Key to Financial Inclusion in 2020 & Beyond

CGAP

CGAP’s financial sector specialists argue that risk-based supervision is key to financial inclusion especially for emerging markets and developing economies (EMDE) where supervisory capacity is low and financial innovations are evolving quickly.   Risk-based supervision involves building risk profiles, conducting risk assessments and monitoring indicators to systematically identify, measure and monitor risks.  Since 2019, CGAP has

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The value of PAYG solar for mobile operators: A look at Benin

GSMA

In Benin, the introduction of PAYG led to increased mobile network operators subscriber activity according to a study by the GSMA, shedding light on the relationship between PAYG solar adoption and mobile financial services. The study found that the joint efforts between the mobile operators and PAYG solar companies led to an increase in transactions, new

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Financial Inclusion for What?

UNCDF

Knowledge gaps are limiting the effectiveness of financial inclusion programs and policies across the world.  These gaps- industry innovation gap, the impact knowledge gap, and the research methodology gap- according to CGAP must be addressed by the financial inclusion community to better understand what makes financial services more useful for poor people. Going forward, CGAP

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Four Years of Learnings from Tanzania

MercyCorps AFA

For the last five years, AgriFin Accelerate(AFA) and partners designed and deployed digital platforms that enabled farmers in Tanzania access finances, information and learning content. Looking back on the five years at a recent learning event, AgriFin and partners found there is a strong business case for such platforms but also emphasized that human channels are

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Bringing Digital Financial Services to Zambian Smallholder Farmers

UNCDF

In Zambia, smallholder farmers do not have to travel long distances to transact if they opt to use Agripay, a digital banking platform.  The platform developed through a partnership between the Zambia National Commercial Bank, Agrifin Accelerate and UNCDF ensures that farmers have access to more than financial services even in the remotest areas. Through

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2020 and beyond: What’s next for fintech innovation in Latin America

AVL

AVL’s new investment officer for Latin America shares insights into the trends shaping the fintech and financial inclusion in the region. These trends have also informed AVL’s investments in the region.  “Brazil and Mexico have consolidated as the leading entrepreneurial ecosystems in the region and will continue to attract the largest volume of venture capital

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Why our money is on this Brazilian female fintech founder: meet Monica of Grão

FIBR

Meet Monica Saccarelli CEO of savings platform Grão & one of few female fintech founders in Brazil. Grão is an app that allows Brazilians to transfer money from their bank accounts into a savings account in real time and with no minimum requirement, helping them save.   Read about how she leads a team of men,

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Financial Health and its Relevance for the Developing World: Learning Event in Singapore

UNCDF

“Financial health does not exist in a vacuum. It is inextricably linked to the real economy. Financial health contrives good personal health and education outcomes as well as reduced poverty and inequality,” said Judith Karl, Executive Secretary UNCDF while speaking at a conference on financial health held in Singapore in November 2019. The conference organized

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What will it take for Nigeria’s inclusive fintech sector to flourish?

FIBR

BFA Global’s Catalyst Fund launched its official presence in Nigeria last year. At the launch, key ecosystem players shared what is needed for Nigeria’s inclusive fintech sector to flourish.  Currently, Nigeria remains a challenging operating environment for fintech startups but there are signs of improvement – rising mobile penetration rates, growing investment and regulatory reforms

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