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Brazil’s Bolsa Familia: Reaching the Poor with No Addresses

September 21, 2016

by Nina Da Nobrega Garcia and Joseph Wong Researchers examine the lessons learned from Brazil’s Bolsa Familia conditional cash transfer program. Since 2003, 36 million Brazilians have been lifted out of extreme poverty. A significant part of this achievement is credited …

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Getting to Zero Poverty: How to Reach the Last Mile

August 30, 2016

by Joseph Wong The Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and the Center partner to advance innovative solutions to achieve the SDGs. How do you deliver a vaccine campaign to slum dwellers who have no address? …

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Financial Inclusion: Beyond Bank Account Ownership

June 15, 2016

by Sevi Simavi The CEO of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women on why being banked is only the first step toward full financial inclusion. Simavi will be a featured speaker at Power Shift 2016 at Georgetown University in Washington, …

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Modelo Perú: Corporate Collaboration Creates Inclusion

March 18, 2016

by Jeffrey Bower A groundbreaking initiative in Peru that focuses on bringing mobile financial services to those who need it most has been launched after years of development. The world’s first fully-interoperable national digital payments platform is now live.   …

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Access to Markets: Unlocking the Potential of Women Suppliers

May 3, 2016

by Elizabeth Vazquez The CEO and Founder of WeConnect International on connecting women-owned business to the global supply chain. Vasquez will be a featured speaker at the Power Shift Forum: Women in the World Economy at Georgetown University May 4-5.  …

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How Benchmarking Can Help Countries Become More Digital

March 9, 2016

by Bhaskar Chakravorti and Ravi Shankar Chaturvedi A case study from the Center’s new Senior Advisor for Digital Inclusion looks at the pace of digital evolution in several Southeast Asian countries and uncovers a new approach for helping policymakers accelerate their country’s progress.  This article was originally …

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Design For Social Impact: 3 Best Practices for Lasting Innovation

February 2, 2016

By Michael Mori and Trevor Zimmer Two design researchers share a few ‘lessons learned’ for building financial products and services that bring real value to the underserved and the excluded.  As design strategists, we’re loath to admit that our industry’s …

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4 Ways Business Can Strengthen Fragile States

January 11, 2016

by Neal Keny-Guyer The CEO of Mercy Corp, a leading global humanitarian aid organization, describes the important role the private sector can play in helping to further progress in the world’s toughest places. This post was originally published by the …

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Labor Market Solutions: 3 Pathways to Breaking Down Barriers

December 28, 2015

As we wrap up the year, we look back at what inspired the 11 new ideas presented at the Harvard Symposium for Inclusive Growth in October. The MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth co-sponsored the event in partnership with the Harvard …

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Inequality: A Problem Worthy of a Business Response

February 12, 2016

by Judith Samuelson The executive director of the Aspen Institute Business & Society program calls on the private sector to commit to building more inclusive economies.  This post was the originally published on LinkedIn. According to a new report from …

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Women and Markets: Power Shift Toward Inclusion

October 30, 2015

Thought leaders on women’s economic empowerment to gather in Oxford.  by Linda Scott From the souk to the grocery store to the stock exchange – markets facilitate the movement of goods and services throughout the world, but also replicate the …

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Connecting At Least One Million People to the Formal Economy by 2020: Can Machine Learning Be Used to Solve Financial Inclusion?

July 15, 2015

MasterCard Taps the Creative Destruction Lab and MBAs from Canada’s Leading Management School to Tackle a Global and Multifaceted Problem By Sophie Milman, Director of Outreach & Communications, The Creative Destruction Lab The lack of financial inclusion is a problem …

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