Fintech, from “financial technology,” is an emerging industry that uses technology to improve financial services. Most new fintech companies are start-ups aiming to disrupt traditional banking processes or offer entirely new value propositions. Fintech solutions have the potential to advance financial inclusion by offering customers faster, more convenient and more affordable ways to use financial services. They can bring unserved customers into the financial system with innovations such as mobile money, digital payments, alternative credit scoring using big data analysis, biometrics for client on-boarding processes, and blockchain technology for payments.
Of course, there are also important risks involved with the growing use of fintech solutions and emerging technologies. Among others, these include risks related to data privacy, business model viability, governance and cybersecurity. Both fintech companies and policymakers need to understand these risks and take appropriate action to mitigate them. Regulation plays an important role in making sure that customers are protected and that fintech can fulfill its promise for financial inclusion.
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In this webinar recording, panelists discuss the need for standardized data for investors and fintech companies and delve into findings from MIX’s recent effort to create fintech benchmarks.
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.
This report attempts to gauge the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fintechs in Côte d’Ivoire and understand how the ecosystem adapted and evolved during 2020.
Looking at a survey of over 27,000 adults from 28 major economies, this paper suggests potential explanations for the gender gap and implications for challenges in fostering financial inclusion with new technology.
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