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Breaking Silos and Challenging Inequities in America: An Interview with Jennifer Tescher

The founder and CEO of the Financial Health Network discusses COVID’s impact on communities of color, Financial Health Network’s projects for 2021, and her take on CFI’s strategic priorities.

By Garrett Jaso
Jan 20, 2021

Prof. Jonathan Morduch’s Four New Projects

With the pandemic restricting direct research, 2020 was a year of planning and preparing for a busy 2021 that will (if the pandemic abates) take Prof. Morduch and his collaborators from rural villages in South Asia to Compton, California – all with a view towards further deepening our understanding of the lives of the poor.

By Ezra Mannix
Jan 11, 2021

Preparing for the Long Tail of COVID’s Impact on Microfinance

While similarities between the pandemic and the financial crisis a decade ago exist, the threats are now more external, which is one reason CFI is publishing an updated case study series: Weathering the Storm II.

By Daniel Rozas
Jan 07, 2021

Top 10 CFI Blog Posts of 2020

Data, consumer protection, and women's financial inclusion were among the most read topics this year.

By Ezra Mannix
Dec 28, 2020

Combating the Rise in Fraudulent Fintech Apps

Exploratory research by academics at the University of Zurich indicates a troubling trend of exploitative apps -- buoyed by likely fake reviews -- promising access to cheap financial products during the pandemic.

By Jonathan Fu & Mrinal Mishra
Dec 21, 2020

Have We Passed the Test? Reflections on the Test of a Lifetime

What have we learned from the responses to COVID-19 undertaken around the world, and has inclusive finance risen to the occasion?

By Mayada El-Zoghbi
Dec 17, 2020

Three Ways Governments Expedited Social Payments During COVID

A new CFI policy brief details ways vulnerable beneficiaries were onboarded quickly and innovatively during the pandemic. Here’s a summary and a selection of examples from that brief.

By Loretta Michaels
Dec 15, 2020

Digital Finance and Women’s Economic Empowerment: Possibilities and Pitfalls

More evidence on digital financial services and women's economic empowerment is needed to understand impact and eliminate the risk of worsening gender inequality.

By Rachel Heath + 2 more
Dec 08, 2020

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