Beyond Financial Inclusion – Financial Health as a Global Framework

19 Apr 2017
  • Tanya Ladha
  • Kaitlin Asrow
  • Sarah Parker
  • Elisabeth Rhyne
  • Sonja Kelly

Individuals all around the world strive to improve their financial lives. They spend, save, borrow, and plan, working to grow their assets and protect their resources, in the pursuit of improved financial health. A relatively new term in the financial inclusion community, financial health is a model for assessing how well one’s daily financial systems help build resilience from shocks and create opportunities to pursue one’s dreams. Whether rural or […]


Financing the Frontier – Inclusive Financial Sector Development in Fragility-Affected States in Africa

19 Apr 2017
  • Thea Anderson
  • Diane Johnson

This think piece is a response to the recognition that inclusive financial market development in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) faces new challenges. It argues that there is a triple justification for an increased focus on fragility-affected states in Africa (FASA). First, poverty is reducing, but the concentration of extreme poverty in fragile states is likely to increase. As SSA grows, there is a moral imperative to ensure the benefits are shared, […]


Geodata and ICT Solutions for Inclusive Finance and Food Security

19 Apr 2017
  • Mariel Mensink
  • Martijn Vranken

Recent developments in technological applications offer opportunities to increase outreach of financial services to rural areas and for smallholder farmers. Early evidence suggests that these applications offer great promise to produce a higher and more stable crop supply of increased quality and improve market access. By this, the risk profile of smallholder farmers reduces which is an important stimulus for financial institutions to provide financial services. At the same time, technology reduces costs and allows […]


Development Investments – A Response to Global Challenges

07 Apr 2017

    We offer our investors access to about 100 emerging local markets worldwide, where we invest directly in companies with scalable business models. Their products or services enrich the market and thus promote development. While global poverty has been cut in half since 1990, no more than 1 % of the global population is aware of this, according to a survey of 26,000 citizens in 24 countries. It is worth paying attention to the hundreds […]