Publications

FINTECH: A GAME CHANGER FOR FINANCIAL INCLUSION?

20 May 2019

    Financial technology (fintech) has taken centre stage in the financial inclusion industry. Many believe that low cost, far-reaching digital solutions hold the key to reach out to the 1.7 billion people worldwide who are still excluded from formal financial services. Not only are fintech initiatives mushrooming, the number of investment activities is also increasing, including those by impact investors such as Triodos Investment Management. Exploring the promise and the pitfalls […]

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    THE CASE FOR RESPONSIBLE INVESTING IN DIGITAL FINANCIAL SERVICES (EM COMPASS NOTE 67)

    17 Apr 2019
    • Margarete Biallas
    • Momina Aijazuddin
    • Lory Camba Opem

    Together with private sector investors, IFC has been leading a global effort to develop new guidelines for responsible investing in digital finance. These guidelines leverage IFC’s significant experience with the Equator Principles and responsible investing in micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by focusing on strengthening governance, risk management, consumer protection, and financial well-being for the unbanked and underserved—as well as IFC’s experience as advisor and investor in the digital […]

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    UNRAVELING THE WEB OF INCLUSION

    12 Apr 2019
    • Simon Hardie

    New mobile money propositions have the potential to reduce the world’s unbanked population by more than a third The mobile phone could draw an extra 607 million into the financial mainstream – but access to mobile money is just the first step in achieving true financial inclusion Oslo, Norway (March 28, 2019) – A new report from Mastercard confirms the power of mobile technology to improve financial inclusion. The research […]

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    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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