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Making digital financial solutions relevant and accessible for Zambian smallholder farmers

MercyCorps AFA

In 2015, Mercy Corps launched the AgriFin Accelerate (AFA) Programme; a six-year, $24 million project with an ambitious goal of reaching one million farmers with digital financial services across Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. This blog focused on Zambia tells the story of the program between 2015 and 2019 during which AFA and a network of

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Humanitarian Cash Transfers and Financial Inclusion

CGAP

CGAP’s new publication examines the opportunities for humanitarian actors in Lebanon and Jordan to use the cash and voucher assistance (CVA) programs as a pathway to financial inclusion. Syrian refugees in the two countries receive more than a quarter of their humanitarian assistance in the form of cash and vouchers. CGAP observes that there are

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Digital financial transfers can supercharge the response to COVID-19

FIBR

The Kenyan government can and should capitalize on the country’s unique digital financial infrastructure and provide direct cash transfers to help people weather the COVID-19 crisis, writes BFA’s CEO Amolo Ng’weno writes. The cash transfers, she writes, could immediately reach 83% of all adults through existing mobile money accounts. Already, the Kenyan government has digitized

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3 Trends in Women’s Financial Inclusion Funding

CGAP

While international funders increased their commitments to women’s financial inclusion by 16 percent between 2016-2018, the funding gap between programs with a gender focus and those without remained big.   Using 2018 data on funding for financial inclusion this analytical blog also shows that for example, more than half of the commitments for women’s financial inclusion

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The Financial Inclusion for Refugees Project in Uganda

FIBR

In 2019, BFA and FSD Uganda launched the Financial Inclusion for Refugees Project to gain insight into the financial lives of refugees- their incomes, expenditures, and financial flows. Published preliminary findings by BFA and FSD Uganda provide a glimpse into the financial lives of the refugees in Kampala, Nakivale, Bidibidi, and Palorinya camps. Arriving with

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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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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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A New Business Model To Turn On The Lights For Off-Grid Families in Zambia

UNCDF

Solar and alternative energy products are providing relief to millions of Zambians who have no access to electricity. However, even with growing adoption of these products, many Zambians in rural areas still have no access because of challenges related to payments. To deal with the challenges, UNCDF and MTN Zambia teamed up to test a

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Indonesia’s tech giants and unicorns catapult MSMEs into the digital economy

GSMA

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 trip to Indonesia provides some of the answers in this blog. Read more

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Growing Digital Financial Inclusion in Senegal

UNCDF

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 – taking a market development approach to increase digital financial inclusion- led to significant gains in Senegal as detailed by this report Read more

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