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An Equitable Rebuilding: Learnings from Women-Owned MSMEs

Throughout March – in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month – CFI is shedding light on the barriers that disproportionately impact women. CFI applies a gender lens across all its research, working to understand and address issues around women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment.

By Shradha Modi & Lucciana Alvarez Ruiz
Mar 31, 2022

What Can COVID-19 Teach Us About the War in Ukraine? 5 Things to Remember

Demand and supply shocks, financial coping strategies, cash transfers, and remittances are issues to keep a close watch on.

By Mayada El-Zoghbi
Mar 28, 2022

The Pandemic Wake-Up Call: Gender Norms Matter in Financial Inclusion

This blog post is part of a series on how gender norms influence the behavior of different actors in the financial system. The series aims to promote solutions that shift norms and improve women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment.

By Joanna Ledgerwood & Mayada El-Zoghbi
Mar 25, 2022

Understanding the Decision: Consumer Rights and Algorithmic Decision-Making

CFI is honoring World Consumer Rights Day by calling attention to concerns around the transparency of algorithmic decisioning on products for low-income customers.

By Alexandra (Alex) Rizzi & Jayshree Venkatesan
Mar 15, 2022

If You See Something, Say Something

Throughout March – in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month – CFI is shedding light on the barriers that disproportionately impact women. CFI applies a gender lens across all its research, working to understand and address issues around women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment.

By Jayshree Venkatesan & Alexandra (Alex) Rizzi
Mar 09, 2022

Identifying What Works: 15 Years of Microscope Data Reveal Key Policy Drivers of Financial Inclusion

Using the findings to develop a new assessment framework for promoting more accessible, usable, and safe financial systems.

By Monica Ballesteros Arias
Mar 03, 2022

Improving Customer Financial Capability Through a Digital App: Lessons Learned from Pilots with Two FSPs

Three important lessons learned from building and piloting an app that aims to enhance financial customer engagement by building their capabilities.

By Jacqueline Foelster & Henry Bruce
Jan 19, 2022

Accountability for Algorithms: A Balancing Act for Governments

By Alexandra (Alex) Rizzi & Pia Roman Tayag
Dec 21, 2021

Top 10 of 2021: CFI Research that Furthered Our Thinking in a Pivotal Year

By Ezra Mannix
Dec 20, 2021

Diffusion Theory, the S-Curve, and Why We Need to Go Beyond Inclusion

CFI’s Managing Director argues that financial inclusion has gone “mainstream” and highlights four trends symbolic of the shift.

By Mayada El-Zoghbi
Dec 16, 2021

Furthering Digitalization’s Potential for Financial Inclusion: Insights from Sub-Saharan FSPs, Supervisors, and Associations

Practical tools and guidance are needed more than ever to ensure no one gets left behind as the digitalization of financial services accelerates in the pandemic era.

By José Morell-Ducós
Dec 08, 2021

Green Inclusive Finance: A Framework for Understanding How Financial Services Can Help Low-Income People Weather Climate-Related Risks

Mitigation. Resilience. Adaptation. Transition. These four pathways provide a framework for understanding how inclusive finance can help low-income populations prepare for and respond to climate change while improving green outcomes.

By Howard Miller
Nov 01, 2021

Promoting Prosperity in an Era of Uncertainty

CFI's Managing Director discusses the biggest trends in and challenges facing inclusive finance as Financial Inclusion Week returns for its 7th iteration.

By Mayada El-Zoghbi
Oct 29, 2021

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