Financial Inclusion

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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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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Data and Financial Services: Four Lessons Learned

May 18, 2017

By Kathleen Yaworsky A new report from Accion highlights how data-driven innovation can help financial service providers access new customers and address the needs of the underserved. In the ten minutes it takes to read this article, mobile phones, the …

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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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Empowering East African Farmers Through Human-Centered Design

January 17, 2017

A new digital platform aims to improve farmers’ access to markets, increase price transparency and speed payments. The Mastercard Lab for Financial Inclusion today announced the launch of 2KUZE, a digital platform that connects smallholder farmers, agents, buyers and banks in East …

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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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New 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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Igniting Intergenerational Entrepreneurship

May 26, 2016

How older women are changing the start-up landscape. by Elizabeth Isele Founder and CEO, Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship This Month’s Power Shift Forum in Washington, DC, was a dynamic convening of world leaders – women of all ages – …

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Integrating Refugees into the Economy, Digitally

May 22, 2016

by Eleanor Wragg As the Mediterranean refugee crisis shows little sign of abating, policymakers are waking up to the need to ensure financial inclusion for the thousands of displaced people arriving in their countries. Could digital cash provide the solution? …

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Financing Water: Taking Microloans Beyond Business

August 5, 2016

An innovative model for helping the poor access clean water to live healthier and more productive lives. Published in partnership with News Deeply For a long time, microloans for household water and sanitation (WASH) investment did not seem fundable. They’re …

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