Top Ten Blog Posts of 2020
In 2020, the FinDev Blog was more active than ever before. We published 78 blog posts, 28 of which were our regular COVID-19 updates providing a round-up of the latest, most relevant content on financial inclusion and the pandemic. And 28 more were blog posts related to COVID-19, sharing experiences and ideas related to this unprecedented global crisis, as well as providing resources for getting through it. Clearly, the pandemic was the topmost issue on people's minds throughout the year, and the top ten list of most-read blogs reflects this priority, with all ten focused on the COVID-19 crisis.
But it was not all COVID, all the time. So in addition to these top ten, we are including at the end the top three blog posts which were NOT related to COVID-19, to get a sense of what other topics were important for our community over the past year.
Let us know which blog posts - on FinDev Gateway or elsewhere - were your favorites in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
This was our first blog post as the pandemic went global, and we invited our readers to join an open discussion among the global financial inclusion and microfinance community on the effects of this pandemic and how organizations are preparing to deal with it.
COVID-19 Threatens the Microfinance Sector and the Livelihoods of Those We Serve: Building a Coalition for Collective Action
This was the first blog post of the newly formed Microfinance Coalition, which aimed to raise the voice of microfinance organizations and the people they serve, and to collaborate on the most pressing needs for the sector.
Belgian development finance institution BIO shares the results of their client survey and how they are changing their practices to better support MFIs.
After their introductory blog, the Microfinance Coalition shared a series of calls to actions for different stakeholders. This blog post focuses on how investors can support MFIs to respond to the needs of the base of the pyramid during the pandemic.
Survey data from 60 Decibels show that despite improving MFI performance, clients are becoming more vulnerable as the COVID-19 crisis goes on.
BRAC's experience in Bangladesh shows how digital wallets can act as a tool to include low-income households, especially women, in the financial system.
And here are the top three non-pandemic related blog posts of 2020 - reflecting the trending topics of fintech, women's empowerment, digital ID and digital currencies.
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
Opening a bank account in many countries is a cumbersome process requiring official documents that women often don't have. Digital ID systems can make this process more accessible and help enable women’s financial inclusion.
Growing interest in stablecoins and digital currencies leads us to ask some key questions about their potential for the underbanked.