Financial Inclusion

5 Reads on the Evolution of Aid

May 21, 2016
Nepalese people queue to receive food and goods at a relief camp for survivors of the Nepal earthquake in Kathmandu on May 19, 2015. Nearly 8,500 people have now been confirmed dead in the disaster, which destroyed more than half a million homes and left huge numbers of people without shelter with just weeks to go until the monsoon rains. AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA        (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

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
Women weave traditional baskets at Kigali based small business that employees both Hutu and Tutsi women for whom working together has brough reconciliation. (Photo credit: Shaul Schwarz/Getty Images)

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
A meat vendor counts banknotes at his stall in Jakarta on March 1, 2010. Indonesia said that consumer prices rose 3.81 percent year on year in February due to the rising cost of rice.  But month-on-month inflation slowed to 0.30 percent from 0.84 percent in January as gold and jewellery prices fell, the statistics agency said.  AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

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
African man talking at phone outside in a park

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
A Sri Lankan street vendor counts currency while selling fruit on a sidewalk in Colombo on March 15, 2010. Pavement hawking is illegal, yet many street pavements are blocked by the vendors. AFP PHOTO/ Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI. (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

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
ATHENS, GREECE - MAY 18:  Afghan refugee children play outside a tent in a refugee camp on May 18, 2016 in Malakasa, 40km north of Athens, Greece. According to the refugee Crisis Management Coordination Body's figures, 54,574 identified refugeees and migrants are on Greek territory. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

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
This picture taken on August 17, 2013 shows people inspecting smartphones and tablets at a computer shop at a newly opened mall in Hanoi. IT products and especially new mobile products like smartphone and tablets have had a great impact on the communist nation's young people . AFP PHOTO/HOANG DINH Nam        (Photo credit should read HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

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
Mobilizing for Indonesia Poor

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
Indian woman cutting vegetables

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
A man receives money at a bank in the Northern Philippines, which was sent by his mother in Hong Kong through his cellphone. (AP/Bullit Marquez)

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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Fintech: Targeting Services for the Bottom of the Pyramid

November 24, 2015
Reading Symbol: African Black Ethnicity Woman Reading On Tablet Computer

An investor’s perspective on what makes financial inclusion startups successful. Widespread access to mobile communications, social media and big data have created new opportunities for financial technology firms – now popularly known as fintech – to deliver financial services to …

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Women and Markets: Power Shift Toward Inclusion

October 30, 2015
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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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