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One Billion Accounts in the Pandemic Era: Insights from GSMA’s Mobile Money Report

We recap key takeaways from the report as well as steps that must be taken to leverage the growth of mobile money to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic on both individuals and businesses.

By Lauren Braniff
Jul 01, 2020

The Digital Payments Push: What 50 Micro-Merchants in India Are Saying

Micro-merchants face challenges adopting digital payment modes, but the trend toward digital payments will continue and perhaps accelerate due to the pandemic. It’s imperative that enablers, service providers and the government resolve critical cash-to-digital barriers.

By Aryasilpa Adhikari & Radhika Agashe
Jun 29, 2020

Are Moratoriums Good for Clients?

Moratoriums are a popular policy remedy during the COVID-19 era, but different client circumstances call for different types of moratoriums -- or even none at all.

By Isabelle Barrès
Jun 23, 2020

Food Security and COVID-19: How Financial Inclusion Can Support Livelihoods

Because of the pandemic, starvation might threaten an additional 250-plus million people in low and middle-income countries. SME financing, cash transfer programs and financial inclusion of women may boost food security for the most vulnerable.

By Laura Schroeder
Jun 18, 2020

Stress Testing in Crisis: Helping Savings and Credit Cooperatives in Mexico During COVID-19

Portfolio support could help the millions of customers who rely on cooperatives get through the pandemic. This post sets the context, explains a stress testing model developed by BFA Global, and offers insights.

By Gabriela Zapata + 2 more
Jun 16, 2020

Fintech’s Next Big Ideas Might Be Discovered Remotely

The absence of face-to-face meetings poses yet another challenge for matching fintech startups with investors. Here are some ways the community is adapting.

By Chrissy Martin Meier & Maha Khan
Jun 10, 2020

COVID-19 Reveals the Limits of Individual Action and Market-Based Solutions

To be better equipped to understand the impact of shocks such as COVID-19 on the lives of the BOP, we need to understand critical variables such as income, wealth and safety nets.

By Mayada El-Zoghbi
Jun 08, 2020

Gender Gap Narrowing “Bank Sakhis” Take Crucial G2P Support the Last Mile During COVID-19

Though COVID-19 has presented challenges to their operations, these female banking agents are front line heroes who've also provided a World Bank team with COVID-related, data driven insights.

By Alreena Pinto & Amit Arora
Jun 04, 2020

How Should Investors Coordinate When Time is of the Essence?

With so many cooks in the kitchen, a coordinated COVID-19 response is essential to supporting the needs of base-of-pyramid clients.

By Deborah Drake
Jun 03, 2020

Microfinance Coalition: Call to Action for Policymakers

How policymakers can support MFIs and their clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Microfinance Coalition
Jun 01, 2020

Microfinance Coalition: Call to Action for Donors

How donors can support MFIs and their clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Microfinance Coalition
May 29, 2020

Stronger Together: Why MIX and the Center for Financial Inclusion are Joining Forces

The CFI-MIX integration is a powerful means to preserve gains both organizations have made for inclusive finance, and to position them to tackle new challenges in a sector going through profound structural change.

By Tillman Bruett & Greta Bull
May 28, 2020

Microfinance Coalition: Call to Action for Investors

How investors can support MFIs and their clients during the coronavirus pandemic.

By Microfinance Coalition
May 21, 2020

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