15 Jun 2018
  • Marjolaine Chaintreau
  • Vibhor Goyal
  • Dianne Rajaratnam
  • Camilo Tellez

New report underscores benefits of shifting from cash to digital payments in corporate supply chains. Drawing on data and interviews with around 40 companies and organizations, the report shows how digitizing supply chain payments is having a profound impact on global businesses, economies and individuals. For example, in Kenya, small Unilever retailers grew sales by 20 percent thanks to accessing digital working capital loans. In Bangladesh, when H&M, Marks & Spencer, Target, […]



13 Jun 2018
  • Abhilash Mudaliar
  • Rachel Bass
  • Hannah Dithrich

The GIIN’s 2018 Annual Impact Investor Survey signals a diverse and dynamic impact investing market. The report findings are based on survey responses from 229 of the world’s leading impact investing organizations, including: fund managers, banks, foundations, development finance institutions, pension funds, insurance companies, and family offices. In total, respondents collectively manage over USD 228 billion in impact investing assets, a figure which serves as the latest best-available ‘floor’ for the size […]



25 May 2018
  • Dennis Ferenzy
  • Ethan Loufield
  • Tess Johnson

This report—produced in partnership with the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion and based on in-depth interviews with banks, fintechs, and other actors—examines how new types of data and new data tools present an unprecedented opportunity for financial service providers to better understand and serve clients, especially credit-seeking “thin-file” clients who are otherwise excluded from the formal financial sector. There are many internal and external challenges that providers must address […]


Modelo Peru: A Mobile Money Platform Offering Interoperability Towards Financial Inclusion

25 May 2018
  • Paola Elvira Del Carpio Ponce

everal emerging markets around the world face numerous challenges in their attempts at increasing their provision of financial services. Beginning in 2015, Peru implemented a strategy called Modelo Peru with the objective of launching a mobile money platform to reach and better serve the unbanked and underbanked. This strategy gathers financial institutions, telecom companies, and the government in an effort to achieve interoperability among these three groups and attain scale […]


Digital Access: The Future of Financial Inclusion in Africa

23 May 2018

The launch and growth of digital financial services in Africa has led to an unprecedented increase in the number of people enjoying access to formal financial services. The continent is now home to more digital financial services deployments than any other region in the world, with almost half of the nearly 700 million individual users worldwide. Mobile money solutions and agent banking now offer affordable, instant, and reliable transactions, savings, […]


Asia’s digital banking race: Giving customers what they want

23 May 2018
  • Sonia Barquin
  • Vinayak HV
  • Duhita Shrikhande

Asia’s banking customers are migrating to digital channels in force. The challenge for the region’s banks is to deliver superior digital experiences before competitors do. Smartphones in hand, customers across Asia are changing how they bank, growing more open to exploring and using digital channels for their financial needs. This openness to digital channels will reward those banks that can meet customers’ expectations; but it also represents a challenge to […]


Biometrics and financial inclusion: A roadmap for implementing biometric identity systems in sub-Saharan Africa

22 May 2018
  • Barry Cooper
  • Masiiwa Rusare
  • Albert van der Linden
  • Matthew Ferreira

The World Bank (2017) estimates that 1.1 billion people live without proof of identity. Nearly 50% of these people live in sub-Saharan Africa, where 454 million individuals are excluded from formal identify systems. In Nigeria, 78% of the population or 149 million individuals cannot prove their identity. Lack of identity documentation varies in its severity as a barrier to exclusion depending on the country, but overall indicates a significant problem […]


ePRIVACY AND DATA PROTECTION – Privacy Matters: Navigating the New World of Data Protection

21 May 2018
  • Catherine T O’Neill
  • Thomas A Singlehurst, CFA
  • Dan F Homan
  • Georgios Ierodiaconou
  • Mark May

“We’ve lost control of our personal data”, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, said in March 2017. The widespread collection of data has led to the rise of data asymmetry and, consequently, consumer trust is low. Some would argue that it has led to the prioritization of profit over privacy. Consumers believe cybersecurity and privacy risks are amongst the biggest risks facing society.[1] The ramifications should not […]


The Global Findex Database 2017

23 Apr 2018
  • Asli Demirgüç-Kunt
  • Leora Klapper
  • Dorothe Singer
  • Saniya Ansar
  • Jake Hess

The Global Findex database is the world’s most comprehensive data set on how adults save, borrow, make payments, and manage risk. Launched with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the database has been published every three years since 2011. The data are collected in partnership with Gallup, Inc., through nationally representative surveys of more than 150,000 adults in over 140 economies. The 2017 edition includes updated indicators on […]


Toward Universal Financial Inclusion in China: Models, Challenges, and Global Lessons

18 Apr 2018
  • Dangwei Bai
  • Rundong Jiang
  • Tiandu Wang
  • Jennifer Chien
  • Douglas Randall

Learning from China’s financial inclusion experience over the past 15 years. This report examines in detail China’s approach to financial inclusion over the past 15 years. It benchmarks China’s progress against peer economies and analyzes key developments and factors in China’s financial inclusion experience. The report also outlines remaining challenges to achieving further advances in financial inclusion in China, and distills key lessons for policymakers in other countries to develop […]

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