Inclusive Growth Is Connected to the Ease of Doing Business

January 19, 2018

New business models and an enabling environment for SMEs are essential for job creation and economic growth in developing countries.  by Hemant Baijal The World Bank’s 2018 “Doing Business” report finds a strong correlation between inclusive growth and the regulatory …

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Leading Women: Gender on the 2018 Davos Agenda

January 22, 2018

by Michelle Lewis All of the co-chairs at this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting are women. One co-chair explains how her experience partnering with the private sector at her foundation in India could be applied on a global scale. …

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Social Innovation for the Freelance Economy

November 2, 2016

Technology is driving enormous change in the way Americans work – but it doesn’t have to drive inequality. Social innovators are developing new ways to help American workers thrive. This post was produced in partnership with News Deeply. In the …

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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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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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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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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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Re-inventing Retail: 3 Innovative Ideas to Spur Inclusive Growth  

December 22, 2015

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

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Linking Women Microentrepreneurs to Global Markets

December 11, 2015

When women-owned businesses have the resources they need to reach their fullest potential, inclusive economies can flourish. At the Power Shift Forum in November, the co-founders of Global Goods Partners spoke with the Inclusion Hub to discuss a decade of …

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Fintech: Targeting Services for the Bottom of the Pyramid

November 24, 2015

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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Making Mexico’s Formalization Reforms Work For Youth

November 13, 2015

Youth entrepreneurship training programs in Mexico showcase the potential expanding education access can unleash. Tempting as it might be to focus on Mexico’s slowing GDP growth in recent years to assess the country’s progress, there’s another set of figures with …

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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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