Financial Inclusion

Accelerating the Growth of Women-Owned Businesses

March 8, 2018

by Alison Eskesen Through a new model of private-private partnership, the Center is working with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to tap into the potential of women entrepreneurs to transform the Indonesian economy.  In Indonesia and countries around the world, an unprecedented …

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Beyond Crisis: Integrating Europe’s Migrants

January 30, 2018

A new report documents the massive influx of migrants in Europe and points to a way forward for economic and financial integration. Between 2015 and 2016, 2.5 million people sought asylum in Europe, the largest mass migration since World War II, …

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The Future of Work Depends on Inclusive Growth

December 18, 2017

by Yuwa Hedrick-Wong The diminishing role of manufacturing in job creation means we must look to new pathways for moving people from poverty to prosperity. In “Janesville: An American Story,” Amy Goldstein writes about the impact on the people in …

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Engaging the Private Sector to Help Build Peaceful and Inclusive Societies

December 13, 2017

The following are Center President Shamina Singh’s remarks at the U.N. President of the General Assembly’s Dialogue on “Sustaining Peace: Partnerships for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding,” which took place on December 8, 2017. Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, I’m …

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Identifying Opportunities to Advance Economic Mobility in US Cities

June 20, 2017

Today, Mastercard and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth announced the findings of a multi-city inclusive growth initiative and three new grants supporting research and programs to help ensure more Americans can benefit from a growing economy.  The report highlights key …

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Actions Government and Business Can Take to Advance Women’s Economic Empowerment

March 8, 2017

by Laura Tyson and Jeni Klugman Inclusive and sustainable development around the world—leaving no one behind—is the overarching vision of the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Gender equality and women’s economic empowerment are central to realizing this vision, yet …

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Beyond Mobile Money

February 26, 2017

Harnessing the power of mobile to deliver a range of solutions for financial inclusion. Advances in mobile technology are providing better access to markets, credit and ensuring small merchants are able to reap the benefits of going digital.  Yet there …

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Closer to Achieving Inclusive Growth through Financial Inclusion in 2016

December 21, 2016

Fintech advances and government actions drive financial inclusion and offer the promise of igniting more sustainable and equitable growth globally. 2016 saw substantial progress in connecting the world’s people to financial services, from bank accounts to mobile payments to micro-lending …

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Report: Innovative Lenders Bridging the Small Business Credit Gap

December 1, 2016

How data flows, tech tools, and niche narketing can expand financial access for the world’s underserved MSMEs. by Nancy Widjaja The International Finance Corporation (IFC) estimates that in emerging markets, the MSME financing gap stands at more than $2 trillion. …

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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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Toward a Less-Cash India

October 4, 2017

How fintech innovations can help small merchants realize the benefits of financial inclusion. Rambabu sells tea in India. Like most businesses in the country, Rambabu’s tea shop is small and deals in cash. He makes about 500 cups of tea …

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Innovation in MSME Finance in India

June 27, 2017

Using innovative fintech solutions, Accion Venture Lab’s portfolio companies provide capital to micro, small and medium enterprises. *This post was originally published by Accion in Ventures on Medium. Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are considered an engine of growth …

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