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How Do You Know If You're Making an Impact? First, Get Better Data

As impact investors increasingly seek deeper impact measurement and reporting, MFIs need to up their game to show if and how their products and services drive positive changes in their clients’ businesses, lives, families, and communities.
FinDev Interview

Advancing Financial Inclusion for Forcibly Displaced People

Daphnee Iglesias of the IRC shares the goals and priorities of the Community of Practice for Financial Inclusion of FDPs, and invites others to join their efforts.
FinDev Interview

Video Highlights From SAM 2023: Financial Inclusion and Climate Resilience

Earlier this month, FinDev Gateway conducted six video interviews, summarizing key insights from various sessions at African Microfinance Week 2023, showcasing their efforts in addressing climate risks.
FinDev Blog

Mobile Money and Interoperability: Competition vs. Financial Inclusion?

A new study shows that interoperability has contrasting effects for financial inclusion in Africa. While it helps lower fees, it also reduces geographical coverage, so how to strike the right balance?
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Bringing Agent Banking to Rural Women’s Self-Help Groups in India

While the spread of agent networks throughout rural India has helped bring banking to many people’s doorsteps, this type of service was inaccessible for informal groups until the recent spread of a new technical solution called Dual Authentication.
FinDev Blog

What Is Economic Violence and What Can Financial Service Providers Do About It?

While it may seem that economic violence could be outside the purview of financial service providers, it is important for the financial inclusion sector to understand and acknowledge this issue.
FinDev Blog

How to Design Client-Centric Financial Solutions for Women Smallholders

BRAC International Microfinance shares five lessons from their experience designing and testing tailor-made agri-credit solutions in Rwanda, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
FinDev Blog

A Fair Digital Finance Market Failure: What a Recent Consumer Protection Index Reveals

The fair digital finance index measures the consumer experience of digital financial services and has found that, while stark global differences do exist, consumer protection needs remain unmet across the board.
FinDev Blog

Agent Gender Matters, but How to Recruit and Retain Women Agents?

This blog post shares four strategies to help FSPs overcome the obstacles they face in onboarding female agents and create an environment that encourages women to join and thrive as agents.
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A Win for Women in Rwanda

Mobile money – and concerted efforts by government and mobile money operators to promote it - has helped reduce the financial inclusion gender gap. But more needs to be done.