MIX and CFI Announce Strategic Integration to Drive Industry Knowledge for Inclusive Finance

Bringing together deep data expertise and thought leadership in financial services will yield crucial insights in service of broader development goals.

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2020 – MIX and the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI), two mission-driven organizations advancing financial services for the poor, announced they are joining forces to strengthen their collective capacity to deliver data-driven insights to the industry. Effective June 1, 2020, MIX will become a unit within CFI.

The strategic integration brings MIX’s unique data expertise together with CFI’s thought leadership and convening power to advance and guide efforts to improve the lives of the 3 billion financially underserved people globally. Together, the CFI and MIX teams will conduct data-driven research that supports the decision-making of key stakeholders, including financial service providers, investors, donors, regulators and policymakers.

“MIX’s team is adept at building trusted data networks and spurring the adoption of common data standards that enable meaningful analysis. This combination will strengthen the Center for Financial Inclusion’s existing capabilities to surface insights and scale our learnings for impact,” said Mayada El-Zoghbi, Managing Director of CFI, who will lead the combined team. “Deepening the Center for Financial Inclusion’s capacity in data analytics will enhance our role as an advocate for improved outcomes across a rapidly changing financial services landscape.”

CFI, an independent think tank housed at global nonprofit Accion, works to better serve, protect and empower clients. CFI learns, tests and shares insights; promotes concrete solutions; and advocates for inclusive, responsible finance that helps the bottom of the pyramid. CFI uses its research and convening power to advocate for end clients with the goal of ensuring that inclusive financial services lead to improved outcomes for the poor. MIX is a global data resource for socially responsible investors and businesses focused on inclusive finance. The global nonprofit develops catalytic data initiatives that help unlock capital for financial service providers, including early-stage fintechs and agricultural enterprises, and supports informed thinking on the financial services ecosystem.

“Bringing MIX’s data expertise together with CFI’s applied research and advocacy capabilities allows us to demonstrate the value of mission-driven consolidation,” said Camilla Nestor, CEO of MIX. “As a single team, it will be possible to develop a robust knowledge base on the growing diversity of financial service providers, the direction of the sector, and the opportunities or risks that may emerge.” Following the integration, Nestor will shift from an operational to a governance role, joining the CFI Advisory Council to support the integrated team’s ongoing success.

MIX’s team of directors and analysts will continue to build on current partnerships both during and after this transition, and will continue its long track record of providing value to its partners as a trusted steward of data for the sector. By joining forces, MIX and CFI look forward to developing independent and data-driven analysis, insight, and knowledge for inclusive finance. Funding for the combination and integrated strategy has been provided by Visa Foundation and MetLife Foundation.

MIX would like to express appreciation to Goodwin for providing pro bono legal services.

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Please direct media inquiries to:
Lauren Braniff, CFI – lbraniff@accion.org
Nikhil Gehani, MIX – ngehani@themix.org

About CFI

The Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) is an independent think tank housed at Accion that works to better serve, protect and empower clients. CFI learns, tests and shares insights; promotes concrete solutions; and advocates for inclusive, responsible finance that helps individuals. We collaborate with stakeholders globally to achieve our goal of enabling 3 billion people who are left out of – or poorly served by – the financial sector to improve their lives.

 

 

About MIX

MIX is the leading global data resource for socially responsible investors and businesses focused on inclusive finance. MIX’s catalytic data initiatives encourage the growth of inclusive markets and support informed thinking on the future of financial services. MIX convenes stakeholders to build common data standards that create transparency and develops strategic insight from complex data to help sectors flourish. Founded in 2002, MIX has served as a trusted data partner for socially responsible investors who move USD 10 billion annually. Learn more at www.themix.org.

 

 

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