Universal Financial Access 2020 – Video

24 Feb 2017

1 billion adults to gain access to a transaction account.  The World Bank Group, IFC and the Private Sector are collaborating to make it happen.  Check out the event video >>>                

Fintech or Die: Five Ways Microfinance Can (and Must) Respond to the Digital Age

08 Feb 2017

Originally published by NextBillion.net MicroSave founder and managing director Graham Wright seemed to enjoy playing the provocateur at the 2016 European Microfinance Week, aiming some pointed (and well-justified) barbs at the ways fintech is being leveraged in loan products for low-income clients. He used terms like “rapacious consumer lending” and “automated loan sharking” to describe many popular digital credit products in emerging markets, and decried interest rates that, in Kenya, […]

Germany Sets out GPFI Priorities

26 Jan 2017

Germany in December released its Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion German 2017 Priorities Paper.  Priorities outlined in this key GPFI document include: (a) review and update of the GPFI Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP): 2030 Agenda and digitization; (b) implementation of the G20 High Level Principles for Digital Financial Inclusion: opportunities and risks; (c) implementation of the G20 Action Plan on SME Financing; and (d) development of a work stream on […]

How Can the Financial Industry Overcome Barriers to Financial Inclusion?

26 Jan 2017

The Project will help mainstream financial institutions overcome barriers to reaching unserved and underserved populations with quality financial services. The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI), the Institute of International Finance (IIF) and MetLife Foundation, together with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as a technical partner, announced today a two-year initiative to help advance the financial services industry’s ability to reach unserved and underserved populations. The project, titled Mainstreaming Financial […]

Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

25 Jan 2017

The 2017 Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index (BFGEI) recognizes 52 firms that have made strong commitments to gender equality and is based on an evaluation of their gender statistics, employee policies, gender-conscious product offerings, as well as their external community support and engagement. Highlights from this year’s index include: 2017 BFGEI member firms have an average of 24.2% female representation on boards. The percentage of female executives at 2017 BFGEI […]

What are the Essentials for Advancing Financial Inclusion?

Posted By Lory Camba Opem
14 Dec 2016
financial inclusion

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Boulder Institute for Microfinance just delivered a week-long program for senior financial inclusion professionals entitled “Back to Boulder: Strategic Response to Risk in Microfinance Markets.”  Hosted at IFC in partnership with Boulder, the program was timely and most relevant.  It sought to address shifting landscapes for traditional microfinance delivery and those expanding services through digital finance channels.  It proactively engaged […]

Digital Finance Training Opportunities

09 Dec 2016

The Helix Institute of Digital Finance, founded in November 2013 as a partnership between MicroSave, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), FSD – Africa and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), provides world-class training and cutting-edge data for digital financial service providers. Our operational training courses are explicitly designed for mobile network operators, banks, financial institutions and third party providers seeking to increase the efficiency and profits of their digital finance business. […]

Key Findings of the Market Outlook for 2017

08 Dec 2016

ResponsAbility’s ‘Micro and SME Finance Market Outlook’, which has been published each year since 2010, is one of the most-read publications about this investment theme. It explores global developments in the microfinance industry and produces forecasts for the next 12-14 months. The publication contains the views of experts from all major markets and combines their assessments with key macroeconomic indicators and the comprehensive data collected through responsAbility’s business activities. For […]

Post Event – Back to Boulder: Strategic Response to Risk in Microfinance Markets

Boulder Institute of Microfinance and International Finance Corporation
07 Dec 2016
Back to Boulder

Organized by the Boulder Institute of Microfinance and the International Finance Corporation between Nov. 28 and Dec. 2, the Back to Boulder: Strategic Response to Risk in Microfinance Markets program brought together leaders from within and outside of the microfinance community, as well as international experts in leadership and change management and provided participants with practical tools, cases, and experiences in the areas of: Risk Governance: How to identify macro-level […]