Publications

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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THE GLOBAL RISKS REPORT 2019

06 Feb 2019
  • Aengus Collins

The 14th edition of the Global Risks Report, prepared by the World Economic Forum with the support of Marsh & McLennan Companies and other partners, examines the evolving macro-level risk landscape and highlights major threats that may disrupt the world in 2019 and over the next decade. The Global Risks Report 2019 John Drzik, President, Global Risk and Digital, Marsh The most striking aspect of this year’s report is the […]

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THE STATE OF MICROINSURANCE 2018: THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING THE SECTOR

16 Jan 2019

    There are just 12 years remaining to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and urgent action is needed if no-one is to be left behind. This report, and future editions, will focus on providing concrete examples of how inclusive insurance is contributing to the broad development agenda in a structured way that links directly to selected SDGs. It builds on work published by Microinsurance Network (MiN) members in the […]

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    DIGITAL FINANCE AND DATA SECURITY

    16 Jan 2019
    • Patrick Traynor

    Mobile phones and networks are transforming the world of finance, creating opportunities for widespread financial inclusion, especially among neglected regions and groups. Security and privacy should be among the most important considerations when building digital finance systems. Credit decisions are often based on sensitive information and online finance offerings are no exception. The sensitivity of this information gives rise to a series of critical questions for customers: To whom am […]

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    CASH DIGITIZATION: UN COLLABORATION, COORDINATION, AND HARMONIZATION OPPORTUNITIES

    16 Jan 2019
    • Antoine Berthaut
    • Bertrand Ginet
    • Sebastian di Paola
    • Tobias Thayer

    In a rapidly evolving humanitarian landscape — marked by more frequent crises, protracted conflicts, and climate shocks, among other challenges — cash-based transfers are on the rise. The humanitarian community increasingly looks to cash-based transfers for their ability to strengthen the resilience of populations and support longer-term development goals, and particularly to digital solutions that can drive financial inclusion and economic activity within a community. However, cash-based transfers are generally not […]

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