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Financial Inclusion

Jobs - The Fastest Road Out Of Poverty

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 06.16.2016 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

For the first time in history, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10 percent. The world has never been as ambitious about development as it is today.

Ending Poverty Means Closing the Gaps Between Women and Men

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 05.31.2016 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Gender gaps in employment, business, and access to finance hold back not just individuals but whole economies--at a time when we sorely need to boost growth and create new jobs globally.

It's Time to Green our Financial Deserts

Clayola Brown | Posted 05.11.2016 | Black Voices
Clayola Brown

We can all build our wealth, grow our local businesses and attract the investment our neighborhoods need to sustain families and take them higher.

The Color of Wealth: Race, Economic Mobility and the Future of America

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 04.21.2016 | Business
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

Each year at the Color of Wealth Summit we convene hundreds of leading policymakers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, the media and public ...

This Entrepreneur Raised $9.2M to Bring Banking to Underserved Areas

Jason Choi | Posted 04.01.2016 | Impact
Jason Choi

Single mothers running small stores, struggling to buy their children school uniforms as they work long hours to make ends meet. That was the image that stuck with Matthew Flannery when he was in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya more than a decade ago.

Ecobank and USAID's Development Credit Authority: A Pan-African Approach to Unlocking Private Capital

USAID's Development Credit Authority (DCA) | Posted 03.25.2016 | Impact
USAID's Development Credit Authority (DCA)

How do you unlock millions in private capital and support economic growth across Africa? Partner with one of the largest Pan-African banks. The U.S. ...

Pocket Einstein: Managing Your Finances in the 21st Century

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 03.22.2016 | Technology
Tilman Ehrbeck

Financial services are central to people's lives. They are needed to better manage day-to-day affairs, and they are crucial to protect from downside risks and to capture long-term opportunities. Traditional financial services have left too many working families behind.

How Benchmarking Can Help Countries Play Digital Catch-up

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 03.09.2016 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

When it comes to understanding the pace of global digital evolution, the digital growth of developed countries usually has little to tell us about the...

Mobile Payments: Financial Access in the Palm of Your Hand

Julie Stav | Posted 03.03.2016 | Latino Voices
Julie Stav

Financially underserved families pay a steep price for living outside the financial mainstream. Fortunately, innovations in mobile payment technology have opened the door to full economic citizenship for these families. Now that the door is open, it's time to show Latinos how to walk through.

Spread Your Talent to the World - Invest In Women Entrepreneurs

Anne Ravanona | Posted 02.26.2016 | Business
Anne Ravanona

This post also appeared on Medium and LinkedIn Pulse. The hard truth is - It Is Harder for Women Entrepreneurs to get Funded. I founded Global...

Why We Should Care About Financial Inclusion

Terri Friedline, PhD | Posted 02.11.2016 | Business
Terri Friedline, PhD

The majority of US households--57%--are struggling, meaning that most of us are barely keeping up with our day-to-day expenses, let alone investing in our futures.

Productivity and Financial Inclusion: A Response to the Economic Slowdown

FOMIN | Posted 02.05.2016 | Business
FOMIN

How are financial inclusion and productivity linked? And why are these two pieces of the puzzle important for the economic development of Latin America and the Caribbean?

Chair of the Financial Inclusion Commission, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles Discusses Barriers to Inclusive Capitalism

Inclusive Capitalism | Posted 11.25.2015 | Business
Inclusive Capitalism

These issues must be addressed if we are to achieve inclusive capitalism.

I (Shall Happily) Accept the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics on Behalf of Satoshi Nakamoto

Bhagwan Chowdhry | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Bhagwan Chowdhry

I am completely serious in suggesting Satoshi Nakamoto for the Prize. The invention of bitcoin -- a digital currency -- is nothing short of revolutionary.

PHOTOS: Indian Teacher Wins Top Award In CGAP Photo Contest Highlighting the Unbanked

Sue Pleming | Posted 10.27.2015 | Impact
Sue Pleming

Scroll through the gallery of photos and see how everyday working people's lives are captured in challenging, poignant and often beautiful settings.

Why Is Financial Inclusion so High on the Development Agenda?

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 09.28.2015 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

In the sustainable development priorities for the next 15 years adopted by heads of states in New York this week, the United Nations has highlighted financial inclusion as an important enabler for poorer households in the informal economies of the global south to increase resilience and better capture opportunities.

We're Helping Aspiring Americans Reach Financial Inclusion

National Council of La Raza | Posted 09.22.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The snowballing expenses are virtually impossible for low-income legal permanent residents and families who may have multiple members applying to afford.

Twenty Years of Women's Financial Inclusion

Gayle Gatchalian | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact
Gayle Gatchalian

The types of financial services that low-income women are able to access have also changed. In 1995, we were still promoting the idea that low-income women entrepreneurs were optimal loan clients. Today, financial institutions are offering savings, microinsurance, digital financial services to rural families, women who work in factories, and women who run larger businesses.

Vision and Discipline: How to Innovate for Increased Financial Inclusion

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

Globally, some two billion working-age adults in emerging markets are excluded from the type of financial intermediation that we take for granted in the developed world.

Crowdsourcing Dystopia

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 08.26.2015 | Technology
Lorelei Kelly

On offer is a belief system that promises to upend the status quo, to change the world and take you with it. Investors commit at different levels from different places, but everyone involved belongs to a unified cause. Once in, you're a team of heroic proportions, larger than life.

Women: A Transformative Force for Socio-Economic Global Good

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

By empowering women and by granting micro-finance loans to open up their business, they can become and play an active role in society, both in their households decision-making and at societal and community level.

Small Loans Mean Big Opportunities for Women in the Philippines

Maura Hart | Posted 07.16.2016 | Impact
Maura Hart

As small business owners in the Philippines, these women often do not qualify for traditional loans and other commercial banking services. They look to nonprofit financial institutions like Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF) for financial services that are specifically designed to help them build their businesses.

Finance as a Tool for Inclusive Growth

Bertrand Badre | Posted 07.10.2016 | Religion
Bertrand Badre

"This is the one of the most beautiful scenes I'll ever see in my life," I thought and said so to our guide, who also happened to be a monk. "You know that's wrong," he replied. "Every single human being is more beautiful than this."

Closing the Financial Inclusion Gender Gap

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

The gender gap challenge persists in most countries even as overall financial inclusion increases. While inclusion is growing for everyone, women tend to lag men by seven percentage points globally when it comes to having access to financial products.

Findex: Sub-Saharan Africa Continues to Be the Leading Frontier of Financial Inclusion

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 05.19.2016 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

Half of the world's population lives and works in the informal economy - not by choice, but by necessity. In the language of economists, poor families in developing countries are consumption-smoothing households and capital-consuming, self-employed entrepreneurs at the same time.