Financial Inclusion

The Hidden Costs of Cash

June 24, 2016

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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5 Reads on the Evolution of Aid

May 21, 2016

Understand the rapidly evolving thinking on humanitarian aid that underlies the World Humanitarian Summit. The World Humanitarian Summit, which is taking place next Monday and Tuesday in Istanbul, Turkey, brings together diverse stakeholders, heads of state, private-sector leaders and NGO …

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Connecting Microentreprises in Rwanda

May 16, 2016

Against the backdrop of the World Economic Forum meeting in Kigali last week, the Center announced a plan to commit up to $1 million over the next three years to advance economic growth and financial inclusion in Rwanda. Rwanda has …

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Incentives Light the Path Out of the Shadow Economy

May 10, 2016

Three questions for Friedrich Schneider, economist and leading expert on shadow economies.  The economic crisis that has plagued Greece for more than five years is a story of tragedies micro and macro. It includes the accounts of individuals who have …

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Using Mobile Data to Enable Financial Inclusion

June 2, 2016

Technology is allowing companies to leverage the wealth of data produced by mobile phones to facilitate lending to the un- or underbanked.  This post is published in partnership with News Deeply. A version of this article first appeared on Harvard’s Evidence …

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Financial Inclusion: Progress to Build on at Davos

January 17, 2016

When Davos 2016 begins, cross-sector global leaders will discuss how finance and technology can be harnessed to create inclusive growth— and reduce inequality. After a year marked by remarkable milestones in financial inclusion, what progress do we have to build …

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A Call to Action: Deeper Humanitarian Support from the Business Community

May 20, 2016

by Walt Macnee Next week, I’ll join the United Nations, member state officials, and peers from NGOs and the private sector at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. The Summit – the first of its kind in the UN’s 70-year …

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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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Davos Harnesses Growing Momentum for Inclusion

January 20, 2016

Work to promote inclusive growth has evolved beyond simply corporate social responsibility; now it’s a key part of business strategy. As Davos 2016 opens, it seeks to inspire collaborative work to include the excluded in economic growth. Is that possible? …

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Expert View: The Impact of Mobile Money

September 24, 2015

Mobile technology has helped bridge infrastructural gaps and drive breakthroughs in microfinance, payments and remittances. Today, users can transfer money and pay for goods with a simple text message. Inclusion Hub recently spoke with Arunjay Katakam, payment specialist at GSMA’s …

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