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It’s a Time to Be Brave and Bold: Q & A with David Ferrand, CFI Advisory Council Member

CFI sat down with David Ferrand, whose extensive knowledge of the inclusive finance space over the last 30 years makes him an invaluable leader on what is needed to create real impact moving forward.

By Edi Bardhollari
May 11, 2022

Gender Norms On and Off the Farm: Engaging Smallholder Women in Finance and Climate-Smart Agriculture

This blog post is part of a series on how gender norms influence the behavior of different actors in the financial system. The series aims to promote solutions that shift norms and improve women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment.

By Anindita Chakraborty & Mayada El-Zoghbi
May 05, 2022

Inclusive Finance Must Be Inclusive: Q & A with Joanna Ledgerwood, CFI Advisory Council Member

CFI sat down with Joanna Ledgerwood, whose prolific achievements supporting the advancement of women’s financial inclusion make her a tremendous asset to the organization as it furthers its work on the topic.

By Rima Patel
Apr 27, 2022

Strengthening a PACT for Resilience: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Investors

This is the second of a two-part blog series inspired by “A PACT to Promote Resilience,” a CFI publication on measuring resilience at the fintech provider level and the implications for users.

By Jayshree Venkatesan & Safeya Zeitoun
Apr 11, 2022

For Inclusive Fintechs, Resilience Is Growth’s Much-Needed Companion

This is the first of a two-part blog series inspired by “A PACT to Promote Resilience,” a CFI publication on measuring resilience at the fintech provider level and the implications for users.

By Evelyn Stark
Apr 07, 2022

An Equitable Rebuilding: Learnings from Women-Owned MSMEs

Throughout March – in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month – CFI is shedding light on the barriers that disproportionately impact women. CFI applies a gender lens across all its research, working to understand and address issues around women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment.

By Shradha Modi & Lucciana Alvarez Ruiz
Mar 31, 2022

What Can COVID-19 Teach Us About the War in Ukraine? 5 Things to Remember

Demand and supply shocks, financial coping strategies, cash transfers, and remittances are issues to keep a close watch on.

By Mayada El-Zoghbi
Mar 28, 2022

The Pandemic Wake-Up Call: Gender Norms Matter in Financial Inclusion

This blog post is part of a series on how gender norms influence the behavior of different actors in the financial system. The series aims to promote solutions that shift norms and improve women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment.

By Joanna Ledgerwood & Mayada El-Zoghbi
Mar 25, 2022

Understanding the Decision: Consumer Rights and Algorithmic Decision-Making

CFI is honoring World Consumer Rights Day by calling attention to concerns around the transparency of algorithmic decisioning on products for low-income customers.

By Alexandra (Alex) Rizzi & Jayshree Venkatesan
Mar 15, 2022

If You See Something, Say Something

Throughout March – in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month – CFI is shedding light on the barriers that disproportionately impact women. CFI applies a gender lens across all its research, working to understand and address issues around women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment.

By Jayshree Venkatesan & Alexandra (Alex) Rizzi
Mar 09, 2022

Identifying What Works: 15 Years of Microscope Data Reveal Key Policy Drivers of Financial Inclusion

Using the findings to develop a new assessment framework for promoting more accessible, usable, and safe financial systems.

By Monica Ballesteros Arias
Mar 03, 2022

Improving Customer Financial Capability Through a Digital App: Lessons Learned from Pilots with Two FSPs

Three important lessons learned from building and piloting an app that aims to enhance financial customer engagement by building their capabilities.

By Jacqueline Foelster & Henry Bruce
Jan 19, 2022

Accountability for Algorithms: A Balancing Act for Governments

By Alexandra (Alex) Rizzi & Pia Roman Tayag
Dec 21, 2021

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