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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

Reflecting on the Past and Charting a New Direction

CFI previews its new strategy to kick off Financial Inclusion Week 2020

By Mayada El-Zoghbi
Oct 12, 2020

Nigerians Are in Desperate Need of Relief as COVID-19 Reduces Wealth and Stresses Coping Strategies

A review of five surveys, including CFI’s first wave of data on MSMEs in Lagos, reveals consistent evidence of significant reductions in earning ability and capacity to cope.

By Eric Noggle & Madeleine Longwell
Sep 24, 2020

DFIs, Financial Inclusion and the COVID-19 Response: A Q&A with Machal Karim of CDC

This is the third 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 Machal Karim
Sep 22, 2020

Implications of COVID-19 for the Most Vulnerable: A Snapshot of Views from CFI’s Advisory Council

The repercussions of COVID-19 will be varied and far-reaching. From food security to women’s economic empowerment and beyond, a sampling of CFI’s Advisory Council weighs in with thoughts on what some of the greatest risks may be and where to focus our efforts in response.

By Camilla Nestor + 3 more
Sep 17, 2020

The Time Has Come for Gender Transformative Approaches

Advancing women’s financial inclusion requires incorporating an understanding of social norms into the development of solutions that don’t just seek to bypass the barriers they present for women but instead to address them head on.

By Julia Arnold
Sep 15, 2020

MSMEs in Indonesia Are Surviving but COVID-19 Leaves Little Margin for Error

The data suggests a large drop in profits is being offset by reductions in employment, changes in business practices, and drawing down financial resources.

By Eric Noggle
Sep 10, 2020

From Crisis to Opportunity: How Can Lenders Help Build Resilient Agri-SMEs

Agri-SMEs play a critical role in food security, and COVID-19 is presenting them with a new set of challenges beyond those they were already facing. However, there are various ways in which lenders can support agri-SMEs in not only overcoming the immediate effects of the pandemic, but also in becoming more resilient to those that will come in the future. The solutions developed and lessons learned in this current crisis may serve to strengthen food security in the long run.

By Eda Dokle
Sep 08, 2020

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