Financial Inclusion

How to Move India’s Small Merchants toward Digital Financial Services

June 25, 2018

Survey points to solutions that can boost small merchants’ use of mobile banking Key Takeaways Awareness of digital banking tools is high, but use is low To increase use, digital products need to be designed and tailored to the circumstances …

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Understanding the New World of Work for Financially Vulnerable Americans

May 24, 2018

As lower-income American workers navigate the growing landscape of non-traditional work, new research findings point to how policymakers and companies can better support these workers. It was back in 1997 when Fast Company first coined the phrase “free agent” to …

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Unlocking Growth for Small Retailers in Emerging Markets

May 7, 2018

by Natasha Jamal A new model involving private-private partnerships combines an innovative fintech solution with skills development to help small retailers in emerging markets grow their businesses. Micro and small businesses often cite access to capital as one of their …

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How Mobile Innovations Can Help Small Farmers Grow

May 1, 2018

by Luz Gomez Colombia is fed by small farmers. Every day, three-fourths of the food arriving at its capital, Bogota, is produced by these small farmers. Yet like their counterparts in other parts of the world, they face an uphill …

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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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