Financial Inclusion

In India, Access to Finance Isn’t Enough

October 5, 2016

Behavioral economics may lead to more effective financial education. As India’s middle class grows, so does the need for stronger financial literacy. Yet in many regions in India, traditional methods of teaching people how to handle money are met with …

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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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The Imperative to Innovate the Delivery of Humanitarian Aid

May 21, 2016

For more information, read Doing Cash Differently: How Cash Transfers Can Transform Humanitarian Aid, a report from the High-Level Panel on Cash Transfers. Featured image: Migrants raise hands to catch bottles of waters thrown by volunteers of humanitarian organizations as …

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The World’s ‘Cashless Sweet Spots’

July 7, 2016

A new Center-supported study published by the Harvard Business Review identifies the countries that could benefit the most from accelerating the transition from cash to digital money. The Countries that Would Profit the Most from the Cashless World by Bhaskar Chakravorti, Ravi Shankar Chaturvedi …

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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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The Hidden Costs of Cash

June 24, 2016

5 Reads on the Evolution of Aid

May 21, 2016

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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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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Using Mobile Data to Enable Financial Inclusion

June 2, 2016

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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How Benchmarking Can Help Countries Become More Digital

March 9, 2016

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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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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