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Vulnerable Groups in Lebanon Cite Health as Top Financial…

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.  ...
CGAP
28 sec read

The value of PAYG solar for mobile operators: A…

In Benin, the introduction of PAYG led to increased mobile network operators subscriber activity according to a study by the GSMA, shedding light on...
GSMA
25 sec read

Four Years of Learnings from Tanzania

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...
MercyCorps AFA
19 sec read

Bringing Digital Financial Services to Zambian Smallholder Farmers

In Zambia, smallholder farmers do not have to travel long distances to transact if they opt to use Agripay, a digital banking platform.  The...
UNCDF
25 sec read

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

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...
AVL
18 sec read

Financial Health and its Relevance for the Developing World:…

“Financial health does not exist in a vacuum. It is inextricably linked to the real economy. Financial health contrives good personal health and education...
UNCDF
24 sec read

What will it take for Nigeria’s inclusive fintech sector…

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...
FIBR
16 sec read

A New Business Model To Turn On The Lights…

Solar and alternative energy products are providing relief to millions of Zambians who have no access to electricity. However, even with growing adoption of...
UNCDF
20 sec read

Digital Finance APIs Come with Risks – Here’s One…

Check out CGAP’s new resource for providers on how to manage the risks that come with Open APIs. CGAP recommends that providers use fair,...
CGAP
9 sec read

Indonesia’s tech giants and unicorns catapult MSMEs into the…

What have unicorns and super-platforms in Indonesia done to appeal to and convince MSMEs to digitize merchant payments? GSMA’s Mobile Money Programme’s Live Learning...
GSMA
8 sec read

DFI Measurement and Impact Report 2019

DFI shares the results of an independent assessment of its impact on practitioners, institutions, and countries. The case studies include two countries (Zambia and...
DFI
12 sec read

How to design PAYGo operational models to improve repayment

BFA Global’s FIBR team breakdown four areas that PAYGo companies should consider improving repayment among customers. One, customer education, onboarding, and support is important....
FIBR
10 sec read

Growing Digital Financial Inclusion in Senegal

Five years ago UNCDF launched the MM4P programme in Senegal, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation to fast-track digital financial inclusion. UNCDF’s approach –...
UNCDF
10 sec read

DFS Ecosystem Partnerships for Financial Inclusion in Zimbabwe

To enhance our financial services and in order to reach the marginalised, it is imperative that we make an effort to create a digital...
DFI
15 sec read

Overcoming distance when digitizing informal savings groups

Agent banking is more appropriate than mobile money for linking informal savings groups to banks, due to the difficulties around validation for the latter....
UNCDF
15 sec read

When Youth Entrepreneurship training meets Financial Inclusion

Young entrepreneurs will be more likely to succeed if they are provided with integrated services that empower them with the technical know-how to put...
CGAP
13 sec read

Accion Venture Lab Launches New Fund, Quadruples Capital for…

Global nonprofit Accion announced that its seed-stage investment initiative Accion Venture Lab is adding $33M to its initial capital pool, with the launch of...
Accion
16 sec read

Using data to open doors for the underserved

Destacame, an online platform—and Accion partner—through which consumers manage and build their financial health—is speaking about the important role data plays in opening doors...
Accion
13 sec read

Regulator’s Friend or Foe? Cloud Computing in Financial Inclusion

By pooling resources, cloud providers allow financial institutions to avoid the heavy investments otherwise needed to store, manage, and process data by storing, managing,...
CGAP
10 sec read

Access to Formal Financial Services: A Commitment to the…

AFR and FSD Africa, through Umutanguha Finance Company and MTN Rwanda, have developed and launched a savings and loan product that responds to the...
AFR
7 sec read

Building Zambia’s first Digital Financial Services Platform for smallholder…

MercyCorps’ AgriFin Accelerate program worked with the Zambia National Commercial Bank, as an innovation partner by developing a farmer-centric product and business modeling as...
MercyCorps AFA
9 sec read

Lending in the golden data age: Are traditional lenders…

The emergence of Fintech lenders has created a rift and a warzone between traditional lenders and fintech lenders, with banks and credit unions questioning...
DFI
19 sec read

The Unheard Cry of a Female Mobile Money Agent…

Walking along the streets of Lusaka Zambia, you see mobile money kiosks on almost every corner of popular streets. The roads are filled with...
DFI
14 sec read

Sub-Saharan Africa: The enduring epicentre of mobile money –…

Sub-Saharan Africa: The enduring epicentre of mobile money—Part 1 discusses how, while the adoption of mobile money has grown across the globe, sub-Saharan Africa...
GSMA
11 sec read

Introducing the GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab: a testing ground…

To support the industry with inclusive innovations, the GSMA are committing to a bold new endeavour shaped by experimentation and a willingness to take...
GSMA
10 sec read

A spotlight on Libra – Part I: Assessing the…

The GSMA is assessing the true potential of Libra’s financial inclusion objectives and highlights the factors—such as geographical reach, identification, and the connectivity gap—that...
GSMA
7 sec read

How Do Kenyans Really Use M-PESA?

CGAP recently partnered with the Busara Center for Behavioural Economics to find out how low-income Kenyans use M-PESA. Findings highlighted that M-PESA remains primarily...
CGAP
11 sec read

State of the Digital Financial Services Market in Sierra…

The Annual Provider Survey provides a comprehensive view of the state of the DFS market in Sierra Leone. Key challenges hindering the expansion and...
UNCDF
10 sec read

6 Strategies to Promote Digital Financial Product Adoption Among…

HaloYako is a digitally enabled saving service in Tanzania offered by Halotel, an MNO in partnership with FINCA Microfinance Bank and supported in part...
MercyCorps AFA
10 sec read

State of the Digital Financial Services Market in Zambia,…

The Annual Provider Survey provides a comprehensive view of the state of the DFS market in Zambia. The main challenges for providers include customer...
UNCDF
10 sec read

Youth in Agriculture: A New Generation Leverages Technology

Mercy Corps AgriFin Accelerate found, 90 percent of farmers ages 18 to 35 in Kenya have high levels of engagement with information and communication...
MercyCorps AFA
15 sec read

Sub-Saharan Africa: The enduring epicentre of mobile money –…

Sub-Saharan Africa: The enduring epicentre of mobile money—Part 1 discusses how, while the adoption of mobile money has grown across the globe, sub-Saharan Africa...
GSMA
11 sec read