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There is Some Good News on Women Entrepreneurship

March 17, 2015

Women are starting more and more businesses and, according to some research, those businesses outperform ones led by men. More girls are in college and earning business degrees than ever before. And for every woman who closes a business, more …

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Bundling Services for Greater Impact

March 5, 2015

Camilla Nestor, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions, Grameen Foundation At last year’s Mobile World Congress, “usability” and “user-centered design” were the big buzz words. Mobile operators, providers and others in the Mobile for Development sessions acknowledged the importance of investing …

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How Sustainable Investment Unlocks Lasting Progress on a Large Scale

October 8, 2015

Audrey Choi, CEO of Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing, discusses the innovations in sustainability that are pointing the way to a new future for investment     Anyone who’s been inspired to ask “How can I make a difference?” in relation …

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Emerging Responsible Data Questions for Human Rights and Human Security

August 11, 2015

As part of our ongoing effort to share insights into the use of Data for Good, the following is a piece previously published on the Responsible Data Forum.   By Mark Latonero, Fellow at Data & Society For some years now, …

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Financial Inclusion in Mexico

May 5, 2015

When the World Economic Forum convenes its sessions on financial inclusion in Mexico this month, its host will be able to boast about some very good news. The Global Findex, a survey measuring financial inclusion across the world, reveals that …

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Examining Nairobi’s ‘Smart City’ Potential

April 30, 2015

Dubbed “Silicon Savannah”, Kenya has ushered in a new era of information and communication technology (ICT) in the last decade. Nairobi is considered a pivotal urban center of the ICT revolution in East Africa; however, the city faces critical transportation …

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5 Ways Universal Financial Access Can Help People Build a Better Life

April 28, 2015

by Gloria M. Grandolini The following post was adapted from a story previously published on the world bank’s “voices: Perspectives on development” blog During the World Bank-IMF 2015 Spring Meetings, Bank Group President Jim Kim, United Nations Secretary General’s Special …

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SMEs are a Key Component to Achieving Turkey’s 2023 Goals

April 13, 2015

There I was, being led into the business owner’s office in the sweltering heat of summertime Gaziantep. As I sat down, it felt like a game as I tried to decipher which man in the office was the actual owner, …

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Business Practices and Constraints of SMEs in Turkey

April 7, 2015

Turkey has approximately 3.5 million Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) which account for 81% of total employment, 62% of investments, 59% of total value added and 56% of exports from the country. Yet, Turkey’s growth story has relied significantly on …

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Calling All Countries to Get Policies Right

April 6, 2015

Reaching full financial inclusion by 2020 will require supportive policies in every country around the globe. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s “Global Microscope on Financial Inclusion, 2014”, assesses the policy environment for financial inclusion in 55 countries. The Microscope examines 12 …

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Using New Technology to Break Traditional Barriers for Women

March 6, 2015

The Promise of Mobile Telephony Bill and Melinda Gates’ “big bet” on the potential for mobile technology to revolutionize the lives of the poor, especially women, emphasizes the promise of financial applications.  In developing countries, the poor store value in …

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Exploring Indonesia’s Mobile Banking Opportunity

March 3, 2015

Few emerging industries generate equal buzz in both the international development community and private sector. Yet mobile financial services (MFS) have the potential to expand the market to hundreds of millions of new consumers, while promising to drive economic growth …

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