Publications

THE 2019 FINACCESS HOUSEHOLD SURVEY

09 Apr 2019

    The 2019 FinAccess household survey is the fifth in a series of surveys that measure drivers and usage of financial services in Kenya. The 2019 report was officially launched on April 3rd 2019. The four previous surveys of 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2016 have shown that Kenya has made significant progress in fostering financial inclusion, with the latest survey providing a thirteen year perspective on Kenya’s financial landscape. Formal financial inclusion has risen to 82.9 percent, up from 26.7 […]

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    CREATING IMPACT—THE PROMISE OF IMPACT INVESTING

    09 Apr 2019

      Investors’ appetite for impact investing—in which they seek to generate positive impact for society alongside strong financial returns—could total as much as $26 trillion, according to the report Creating Impact: The Promise of Impact Investing. The report is the most comprehensive assessment so far of the potential global market for impact investing. It estimates that as much as $269 trillion—the financial assets held by institutions and households across the world—is potentially […]

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      GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON RESPONSIBLE INVESTING

      20 Mar 2019
      • Meredith Jones

      Over the course of the past year, Aon has noted a dramatic upsurge in the number of institutional clients who are exploring or implementing responsible investing (“RI”) initiatives. Just a few years ago, institutional investors with RI programs were few and far between. Today, Aon has many clients in various stages of RI program development, from educational initiatives for investment staff and boards to full on deployment of RI policies […]

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      REINVENTING BUSINESS THROUGH DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

      18 Mar 2019

        Disruptive technologies are transforming business models in Emerging Markets. This report examines eight sectors – Power, Transport, Water, Digital Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Education, and FinTech – and also discusses the impact of technology on gender, climate and other broader thematic topics.

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        THE MOBILE GENDER GAP REPORT 2019

        18 Mar 2019
        • Oliver Rowntree

        This report reveals how the mobile gender gap is changing in low- and middle-income countries, as well as ranking the factors preventing equal mobile ownership and mobile internet use for men and women, and outlining the commercial and economic opportunity that closing the mobile gender gap represents. Findings from this report are based on the results of over 20,000 face-to-face surveys commissioned by GSMA Intelligence across 18 low- and middle-income […]

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        STATE OF THE INDUSTRY REPORT ON MOBILE MONEY 2018

        28 Feb 2019
        • Francesco Pasti

        Now processing over $1.3 billion a day, the mobile money industry added a record 143 million registered customers in 2018. In a dynamic and fast-evolving ecosystem, providers are attracting new investments and forming strategic partnerships, leveraging data and innovative financial technologies, and developing robust and interoperable payments systems to diversify their revenue, product offerings and customer base. The progress, challenges and most ground-breaking industry trends are explored in this year’s […]

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        BLENDED FINANCE IN THE LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES

        07 Feb 2019
        • Samuel Choritz
        • Gianni Lorenzato
        • Simona Santoro
        • Irene Basile

        The report ‘Blended Finance in the Least Developed Countries’ – prepared by UNCDF in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals, Convergence and the United Nations Foundation – aims to help fill in these gaps. Through a rich evidence base, data analysis, and detailed case studies, the report explores how to implement and adapt blended finance approaches to LDCs to maximize […]

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        BANKING FOR IMPACT

        06 Feb 2019
        • Ramkumar Narayanan

        This white paper reviews the key developments that have taken place in inclusive finance markets over the period 2006-2017, supported by 12 years of data on the business models of Symbiotics’ partner financial institutions. This research includes trend lines on more than 40 performance indicators, each segmented by region, by financial institution type, and by financial institution size. The report serves as a benchmark for the impact investing industry, enabling […]

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        SAFEGUARDING RULES FOR CUSTOMER FUNDS HELD BY EMIs: A TECHNICAL NOTE

        06 Feb 2019
        • Mehmet Kerse
        • Stefan Staschen

        Technical note exploring regulatory options for protecting consumers’ mobile money The proliferation of nonbank electronic money issuers (EMIs) presents opportunities for financial inclusion for poor people by expanding the reach of financial services and enabling poor customers to participate in their country’s economy. However, with these benefits come important risks, including loss of customer funds and unavailability of customer funds upon demand. Inability to access funds upon demand may be due […]

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        CGAP FUNDER SURVEY 2017: TRENDS IN INTERNATIONAL FUNDING FOR FINANCIAL INCLUSION

        06 Feb 2019
        • Olga Tomilova
        • Eda Dokle

        Annual survey shows increased commitments and integration into sustainable development agenda One of the key takeaways from the latest CGAP Funder Survey is that international funders committed $42 billion to financial inclusion in 2017—a double-digit percentage increase from the prior year. For the first time in five years, public funding has grown faster than private funding. At the same time, the nature of funders’ engagement is shifting to reflect their […]

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