This is the first in a series of blog posts that explores the endless-data era’s impacts on financial inclusion.
New “bankability” metrics, which incorporate robust sector data and research, aim to further understand how to close the estimated $65 billion financing gap in Sub-Saharan Africa.
We must see women as part of a larger ecosystem that impacts their opportunities to learn, apply the information, and make economic decisions for themselves and their families.
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.
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.
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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.
Data, consumer protection, and women's financial inclusion were among the most read topics this year.
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.
What have we learned from the responses to COVID-19 undertaken around the world, and has inclusive finance risen to the occasion?
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.
More evidence on digital financial services and women's economic empowerment is needed to understand impact and eliminate the risk of worsening gender inequality.
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.
Unprecedented times bring unprecedented challenges, and we have all been working to balance the interests of all stakeholders since the onset of the pandemic.
Further interest in WASH loans from financial institutions may surface due to the pandemic.
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.
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.
The movement of big tech into financial services calls for a digital transformation of financial authorities, new SupTech tools, and open data commons.
Grateful, curious, tempted, connected, tired, sad, and inspired: Mayada El-Zoghbi reflects on all the emotions from an exciting Financial Inclusion Week 2020.