Catalyst Fund and partners share more than 10 years’ lessons learned from fintech accelerators in emerging markets, the US, and UK. These accelerators have together supported over 100 startups providing fintech solutions to underserved populations to improve their financial health. The brief uncovers best practices for programs providing direct support to inclusive fintech startups or
BFA’s third wave of the rapid online “dipstick” surveys of low- and lower-middle-income respondents in Ghana, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, the UK, the US, and Vietnam show a further decline in people’s income, savings and increase in expenses especially in countries with the most severe lockdown measures. A summary of the findings Income
In this webinar recording, FSD Kenya and BFA Global present key findings from research on the social, financial, and economic impact of COVID-19 on low-income Kenyans. Webinar Presentation Read more blogs on how low-income Kenyans are coping with the changes in their lives induced by Coronavirus here.
At the end of March, BFA conducted a rapid assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the livelihoods of people in seven countries- Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Mexico, India, UK, US. The survey found that low-income and lower-middle-income families are experiencing a decrease in income, with a significant decrease recorded for Kenya, Mexico, and South
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
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