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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

Questions for EIB Group: DFIs, Financial Inclusion and the COVID-19 Response

CFI recently spoke with the European Investment Bank Group about priorities during the pandemic, risks, instruments deployed, and what the inclusive finance community can do to support the organization's priorities. This is the fourth in an occasional series of interviews with professionals from development finance institutions, international financial institutions, and donor agencies supporting inclusive finance during these challenging times.

By Cristina Dumitrescu & Olivier Edelman
Dec 03, 2020

How Consumer Protection Has Driven Maha’s COVID-19 Response

Unprecedented times bring unprecedented challenges, and we have all been working to balance the interests of all stakeholders since the onset of the pandemic.

By Pallavi Hariharan + 2 more
Nov 12, 2020

Lending For Water and Sanitation During COVID-19

Further interest in WASH loans from financial institutions may surface due to the pandemic.

By Jessica Jacobson
Nov 05, 2020

What Is the Future of Microfinance? Q and A with Paul DiLeo

The maturity of microfinance brings us to a unique inflection point. “The Future of Microfinance” coeditor Paul DiLeo analyzes the past and present, and shares his hopes for the sector.

By Paul DiLeo + 2 more
Oct 29, 2020

There’s (Not) an App for That: Taking a Hard Look at the “App-ification” of Migration

Should the international development and humanitarian communities bother with niche tech solutions for migrant financial inclusion? An app you might use every day gives us a hint.

By Kim Wilson & Madison Chapman
Oct 27, 2020

Financial Authorities’ Tools Must Evolve to Catch Up with “Digital Multinationals”

The movement of big tech into financial services calls for a digital transformation of financial authorities, new SupTech tools, and open data commons.

By Simone di Castri
Oct 22, 2020

Financial Inclusion Week and My Emoji Roller Coaster Ride

Grateful, curious, tempted, connected, tired, sad, and inspired: Mayada El-Zoghbi reflects on all the emotions from an exciting Financial Inclusion Week 2020.

By Mayada El-Zoghbi
Oct 19, 2020

COVID-19 Ushers in New Challenges for Consumer Protection

Digitalization of financial services was already progressing rapidly. The pandemic has escalated both the pace of change and the urgency to protect consumers, especially those interacting with digital products for the first time.

By Lauren Braniff
Oct 16, 2020

Data for Inclusive Finance: Delivering on the Promise for Consumers

The most pressing topics in financial inclusion with regard to data and how CFI will approach them

By Alexandra Rizzi & Alex Kessler
Oct 15, 2020

Reimagining Inclusive Finance With Women In Mind

CFI’s new strategy brings women’s financial inclusion to the fore. We start with the story of Carla.

By Julia Arnold
Oct 14, 2020

Financial Services are Needed to Help Low-Income People Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change

The why and how of CFI’s choice to support the promise of financial services to mitigate the effects of climate change.

By Eric Noggle
Oct 13, 2020

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