2018: Moving the Needle on Inclusive Growth in Emerging Markets

January 4, 2018

by Yuwa Hedrick-Wong  Nearly a decade after the global financial crisis, emerging markets are poised for a middle-class boom. Our experts weigh in on what it will take to sustain growth in 2018 and beyond. 2018 marks the tenth anniversary …

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2016’s Most Defining Moments for Inclusive Growth

December 23, 2016

The Center’s senior fellows reflect on the events of 2016 that will leave an enduring mark on inclusion and economic growth.  The US Election, Brexit and the populist wave 2016, like no other year in recent memory, brought to the …

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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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Transforming Middle India: Inclusive Growth as the Path to Success

August 14, 2016

In a new report, the Center’s Chief Economist, Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, builds a case for why the success of India’s economic takeoff depends on transforming “Middle India,” the middle 60% of households by income, into a thriving and increasingly prosperous middle …

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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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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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The Hidden Costs of Cash

June 24, 2016

Data-Driven Solutions Help Connect the Most Disconnected

October 12, 2016

Data science and digital technologies help farmers and entrepreneurs improve livelihoods.  Imagine this scene. A man with an iPad is standing in small plot of maize, talking with a farmer in Odisha in northeast India. The plot is the farmer’s …

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How India’s Smart Cities Can Write a New Chapter in 21st-Century Development

August 14, 2015

Uniting technology and democratic governance can chart a course for a future of inclusive economic growth in India En route to his historic win in the 2014 elections, Narendra Modi put forth a vision for driving India’s long-term economic growth: …

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