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Designing Interoperable Agent Banking Business Model for ARB Apex Bank in Ghana

The main objectives of the assignment were to design agency banking business model, map potential agents’ locations throughout the country, and provide technical assistance for branding, advertising, consumer education and industry sensitization on agency banking. 

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India: Visa to Enable Deeper Financial Inclusion With Offline Payments

The company has announced that it is driving a proof-of-concept in the country which will allow people to make payments in places with low or no internet connectivity.

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SoftBank Makes First Africa Bet on OPay at $2 Billion Valuation

"We want to be the power that helps emerging markets reach a faster economic development," OPay Chief Executive Officer Yahui Zhou said in a statement.

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IFC, Rwanda Capital Markets Authority and Central Bank Join Forces to Boost Access to Long-Term Finance for Small Businesses

The four-year partnership will help expand access to long-term local currency finance in Rwanda for key sectors such as housing, agribusiness, and smaller businesses.

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Reserve Bank Launches Index to Capture Financial Inclusion

The Financial Inclusion Index has been conceptualized as a comprehensive index incorporating details of banking, investments, insurance, postal, and the pension sector in consultation with government and respective sectoral regulators.

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BECU Taps MX for Savings App

MX announced it has partnered with BECU today to build a mobile app feature Quick Save that encourages BECU members to build savings through frequent, small-amount transfers.

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Fiji: Survey Shows Improvement in Financial Inclusion

A 2020 Financial Services Demand Side Survey Report released by the Reserve Bank revealed that the level of formal financial inclusion among Fijians has increased to 81 percent from 64 percent in 2014.

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Africa’s Financial Regulators Prioritize de-Risking of Vulnerable Groups

Women, youth and micro, small and medium enterprises in Africa are most at-risk of financial exclusion during COVID-19, say Bank of Tanzania and Alliance for Financial Inclusion.

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IFC and FMO Partner With I&M Bank Ltd. to Support Small and Medium-Sized Businesses in Kenya

The loan will help smaller businesses across a range of sectors in Kenya access financing for working capital, expansion, and to weather the effects of COVID-19.