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Why We Urgently Need Alternatives to the Investor-Driven Fintech Model

Fintech is the latest financial innovation thought capable of dramatically improving the lives of the global poor, but a more critical look is necessary to challenge this narrative.
FinDev Interview

WhatsApp and Algorithms: How to Get Financing to Farmers in East Africa

The founders of Ugandan fintech Emata share how their solution is helping dairy farmers and their cooperatives access finance and manage operations.
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Will Digital Currencies Be the Next Revolution in Financial Inclusion?

Growing interest in stablecoins and digital currencies leads us to ask some key questions about their potential for the underbanked.
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It’s Time to Address the Financing Gap for Female Tech Entrepreneurs in Africa

How can we get more investment to women-led companies and more women in the investment pipeline?
FinDev Blog

Instant Liquidity Support for Mobile Money Agents

Inclusive fintech Flow shares how they have adapted their model to continue providing a much-needed service during the coronavirus crisis.
FinDev Blog

How Can Financial Technology Serve Smallholder Farmers?

Leading fintech providers discuss how to overcome the challenges and risks in providing financial services for smallholder farmers
FinDev Interview

Can You Get to Know Your Customer Through an App?

Ibrahim Eid, whose Valify solution won the 2019 Arab Financial Inclusion Innovation Prize, explains how e-KYC works and how a digital identity can give customers access to financial services.
FinDev Blog

Who Bears the Risk in Fintech?

The excitement around fintech in India is palpable. Many see it as a market-led solution to the policy objective of financial inclusion. Fintech regulation must therefore be designed carefully to prevent and mitigate risks while also preserving the potential for financial inclusion. 
FinDev Blog

Does Fintech Have Us Spellbound?

How can we identify which fintech companies and products offer impact potential without being enthralled by the latest 'shiny new object'? Four frameworks help us separate potential from hype.
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Great Expectations: Fintech and the Poor

There’s off-the-charts hype around fintech in the financial inclusion community, but how much does it really help poor people? CGAP’s CEO Greta Bull says it’s time to rethink the promise of fintech and focus on how to better harness the innovation it brings in service of poor people.