Publications

THE DIGITAL CURRENCY REVOLUTION

23 Apr 2020
  • David Birch

This paper sets out what a digital currency is (and how it differs from cryptocurrency), explains why there is a focus on digital currency right now, and explores the implications of the launch of digital currencies – whether by Bitcoin entrepreneurs or by the Fed. It ends with a call for a co-ordinated strategic response based on innovative policies on digital money, digital identity and digital diligence. Originally published on […]

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USAID’S DIGITAL STRATEGY 2020-2024

23 Apr 2020
  • Aubra Anthony
  • others

The rapid development and adoption of digital technology is transforming how people worldwide access information, goods, and services. Digital technology has the power to spur economic growth, improve development outcomes, and lift millions out of poverty. While digital tools hold immense potential to help people live more free and prosperous lives, they also present significant risks to citizen privacy and data, freedom of the press, and individual expression. Authoritarian governments […]

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RESPONDING TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: GUIDANCE FOR FINANCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS

08 Apr 2020

    Accion is closely assessing how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the financial inclusion industry and is continually looking at ways to help financial service providers prepare and adapt for disruptions that will occur in the markets and communities in which they work. The virus continues to spread to all corners of the globe and the financial inclusion industry needs to act promptly. Accion has developed the attached briefing note to […]

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    STATE OF THE INDUSTRY REPORT ON MOBILE MONEY 2019

    26 Mar 2020
    • Nika Naghavi

    Reaching the one billion mark is a tremendous achievement for an industry that is just over a decade old. The mobile money industry of today has a host of seasoned providers with a broad set of operational capabilities, a full suite of products and a global reach. This year’s State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money examines what one billion registered accounts signify for the mobile money industry, mobile […]

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    THE MOBILE ECONOMY 2020

    25 Mar 2020

      The GSMA Mobile Economy series provides the latest insights on the state of the mobile industry worldwide. Produced by our renowned in-house research team, GSMA Intelligence, these reports contain a range of technology, socio-economic and financial datasets, including forecasts out to 2025. The global version of the report is published annually at MWC Barcelona, while regional editions are published throughout the year. Originally published on GSMA’s website.

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      CDC GROUP COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS

      25 Mar 2020

        Every company is trying to understand how to manage their workers’ exposure to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As an employer and investor, CDC has access to a great deal of external guidance and good practice amongst our investees and fund managers on how to reduce their workforce exposure to COVID-19. This document is a summary of publicly-available guidance and examples of practice adopted by some CDC Group investees and fund managers. […]

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        DEVELOPING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SUSTAINABLY: TOWARD A PRACTICAL CODE OF CONDUCT FOR DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

        19 Mar 2020
        • Gordon Myers
        • Kiril Nejkov

        The adoption and diffusion of artificial intelligence and other disruptive technologies will play an important role in market creation and growth. Development finance institutions have a role to play in leveraging their investments to ensure that these technologies sustain both growth and development objectives. To this end, the authors propose adoption of a Technology Code of Conduct as a framework, supported by a set of practical tools for its operationalization, […]

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        COUNTRY DIAGNOSTIC: THE STATE OF DIGITAL PAYMENTS IN THE PHILIPPINES

        18 Feb 2020
        • Keyzom Ngodup Massally
        • Rodrigo Mejía Ricart
        • Malavika Bambawale
        • Swetha Totapally
        • Vineet Bhandari

        The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Philippine Government recognize digital payments as a policy priority to enable Filipinos to seize the opportunities of the digital revolution. The Philippines was a global early-mover in digital payments, with the launch of mobile money in 2001. However, as in most countries, the path to widespread adoption and usage has not been straightforward. The first Better Than Cash Alliance diagnostic on the state of […]

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        POWERING OPPORTUNITY IN EAST AFRICA: PROVING OFF-GRID SOLAR IS A POWER TOOL FOR CHANGE

        18 Feb 2020
        • Susie Wheeldon
        • Sjef Ketelaars
        • Emmanuel de Dinechin
        • Guillaume de Chorivit
        • Oliver Reynolds
        • Clémence Laevens

        Confirming the positive socioeconomic impact of solar home systems over a longer period of time, Powering Opportunity in East Africa. Proving Off-Grid Solar is a Power Tool for Change finds: An overwhelming majority (94%) of people living with solar home systems reporting improvements to their quality of life. 34% of households report being more economically active with 28% making an additional $46 per month on average. The research, funded by UK aid […]

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        CYBER SECURITY IN FINANCIAL SECTOR DEVELOPMENT: CHALLENGES AND POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS FOR FINANCIAL INCLUSION

        18 Feb 2020
        • Silvia Baur-Yazbeck
        • Judith Frickenstein
        • David Medine

        This paper assesses the relevance of cyber security for the development of inclusive financial systems in developing countries. The growing use of digital financial services and shared service platforms has increased the financial sector’s exposure to cyber risks. Financial service providers and their customers, regulators and supervisors are challenged with the increase in cyber threats – especially in emerging and developing countries with lower capacities and less resources. The paper […]

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