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How FSPs Can Help Low-Income Populations in Sierra Leone Respond to Climate-Related Shocks

Interviews with 12 agriculture and financial experts in Sierra Leone identify 3 major climate risks for the country. How can FSPs better understand the impact of these risks and help vulnerable populations transition to alternative livelihoods?

By Alfred Jusu
Aug 02, 2023

Exploring Fintech Funding Dynamics in Recent Years

The fintech expansion in low- and middle-income markets faces numerous challenges, but the sector continues to be an area of significant opportunity and innovation. CFI breaks down four key trends in fintech funding today and urges investors to continue supporting inclusive fintechs toward sustained growth.

By Eda Dokle & Chantelle Macey
Jul 24, 2023

Outlining Priorities for Responsible Finance

Magda Bianco identifies three areas that require urgent attention in the face of the evolving nature of consumer risks: financial exclusion for migrants, new technologies, and reaching traditionally underserved segments, especially small businesses and women.

By Magda Bianco
Jun 27, 2023

Ending the Cycle of Insanity: Responsible Finance in the Digital Age

As we prepare to meet in Bengaluru for RFF 2023, Mayada El-Zoghbi reflects on recent conversations with clients in Colombia and Kenya and urges the inclusive finance sector to refocus efforts to break out of an endless cycle of emerging risks.

By Mayada El-Zoghbi
Jun 15, 2023

Designing for Dignity: Creating Equal Opportunity through Financial Inclusion – Q & A with Rosita Najmi, CFI Advisory Council Member

CFI spoke with Rosita Najmi to reflect on her 20+ years in global development and her personal relationship with poverty that has shaped her strong desire to empower others.

By Eda Dokle
Jun 12, 2023

Climate Vulnerability and Financial Exclusion Go Hand in Hand – What Can Be Done?

Research shows a positive correlation between financial inclusion and financial resilience. While we cannot prevent climate-related events from happening, this guest blog post focuses on the potential within our reach to help people prepare for the next disaster.

By Leora Klapper + 2 more
May 15, 2023

Colombian Wetlands Hard Hit by Climate Shocks - What Role for Financial Services?

CFI's Anindita Chakraborty transports us to the Colombian wetlands, where climate shocks persist and people must diversify their livelihoods to survive. Discussions with these communities reveal why existing financial systems are not working for these men and women and what needs to change.

By Anindita Chakraborty
May 08, 2023

The Intersection of Financial Inclusion and Gender during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Insights from Impact Investing

In this guest blog post, the authors discuss new research from the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and how impact investors can use their privilege and power to support gender equality in times of crisis and beyond.

By Jacob Tate & Sophia Sunderji
May 01, 2023

Inclusive Finance and Extreme Heat: How Small Loans and Parametric Insurance Can Help Vulnerable Populations Manage Through Deadly Heat Waves

Last year, temperatures were at an all-time high in India. CFI's Howard Miller highlights the negative impacts of extreme heat on households in India and what financial service providers need to do to help vulnerable people build resilience and adapt to climate change.

By Howard Miller
Apr 27, 2023

Catalytic Capital and Its Role in Digital Credit

How do we ensure that the rapid growth of digital credit doesn't come at the expense of consumer protection? This blog post examines the role of catalytic capital in shaping market incentives and the need for impact-oriented investors to address consumer risks as markets mature.

By Jayshree Venkatesan
Apr 21, 2023

Letting the Consumer Speak: The Reality of Access to Finance in Guatemala

Exploring how digital finance can deepen financial access and usage among underserved communities in Guatemala.

By Diana Boncheva-Gooley & Veronica Karpoich
Apr 18, 2023

Financial Inclusion: Is More Really Better?

This blog post discusses the shift of financial inclusion focus from access to usage, and questions if more financial inclusion is necessarily better before adopting a more accurate measure of inclusion.

By Mohsen Siddiqui
Apr 06, 2023

FIW Recap: Grappling with Data Opportunities and Risks in Inclusive Finance

As the world races to stay on top of data-driven advances, inclusive finance leaders are particularly focused on how it will impact low-income and vulnerable populations. This post is part of a blog series highlighting FIW 2022 sessions that touch on CFI’s four strategic priorities.

By Alexandra (Alex) Rizzi
Mar 28, 2023

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