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.
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.
The data suggests a large drop in profits is being offset by reductions in employment, changes in business practices, and drawing down financial resources.
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.
New data helps to inform ways in which inclusive fintechs can advance women’s financial inclusion by tackling the gender gap in their customer base.
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Moratoriums have been indispensable pressure valves during the COVID-19 crisis, but their implementation and effects have not been all positive. This post expands on a discussion about moratoriums in a recent CFI policy brief.
Five observations, from data on early-stage fintechs, that shed light on current gender disparities in the fintech industry.
Recent research shows a concentration of funding flows for digital financial services (DFS) providers, a pattern that resembles funding for the microfinance sector a decade ago. What can funders and DFS providers learn from microfinance to ensure that funding is channeled to optimize impact?
Where does market conduct supervision fit in the consumer protection landscape? What makes for successful intervention in supervisory conduct? As the Smart Campaign winds down, this third and final post in a farewell series reflects on the lessons learned from a multi-year initiative to strengthen market conduct supervision in Benin and other Sub-Saharan African countries.
CFI spoke with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) about the explosive growth of digital remittances in recent months, the drive to lower transaction fees, support for scaling digital innovation, and more. This is the second 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.
Data from CFI’s new survey show declines in the number of operating businesses, profits, and employment.
As the Smart Campaign winds down, we examine what we’ve learned about developing tools for listening to clients, raising awareness about their rights and responsibilities in financial services, and how to empower vulnerable consumers to avoid threats like fraud. This is the second in a series of blog posts about CFI’s experience working with FSPs, regulators, and investors on consumer protection, and highlighting opportunity areas for each stakeholder group.
As the Smart Campaign winds down, we examine a decade of financial service provision guided by our consumer protection tools and discuss the evolution of consumer protection in light of disruptive digitization. This is the first in a series of blog posts about CFI’s experience working with FSPs, regulators, and investors on consumer protection, and highlighting opportunity areas for each stakeholder group.
The crowd is wise. Priorities may differ. Concerns have been assuaged. Opportunities are abundant. After reviewing and responding, Mayada El-Zoghbi offers her takeaways from this timely survey and analysis.
Investors answer the call by collaborating with the Microfinance Coalition. Below are tangible benefits of that collaboration.
This is the first of an occasional series of interviews with professionals from development finance institutions, international financial institutions, and donor agencies supporting inclusive finance during these challenging times.
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.
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.