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China's Mobile Payment Revolution Is Going to Africa

Claire van den Heever | Posted 02.26.2016 | World
Claire van den Heever

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Gaining market share in Africa is a very different kettle of fish. Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu's red envelope rivalry may remain limited to China for now, but a battle for access to Africa's burgeoning mobile Internet market could be on the horizon, too.

How WeFarm Connects Small Farmers Without the Internet

Pierce Nahigyan | Posted 02.24.2016 | Green
Pierce Nahigyan

There are about 500 million small-scale farmers on Earth, and most of them live on less than $1 a day. That's half a billion people laboring below th...

Why Is Financial Inclusion so High on the Development Agenda?

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 09.28.2016 | 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.

African Design Deluge

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 05.28.2016 | Business
Jens Martin Skibsted

There are few that don't have an opinion when it comes to judging the value of design in today's companies. Silicon Valley powerhouse Apple undoubtedly cashed in on design and many newcomers are doing so too. Imagine Uber and Airbnb for instance without design thinking.

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.

Innovative Challengers at the Gates

Omar K. Alghanim | Posted 06.20.2015 | Business
Omar K. Alghanim

Within retail banking, there have been two standout, truly disruptive innovations in the last 20 years, where a few banks applied mass marketing techniques to create something unique.

Texas Hackers to Fight Ebola, Fire and Water Contamination With African SMS

Maya Horgan | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Maya Horgan

Your mobile phone can save a thousand lives. And now, through Developers Doing Development, Michael Henderson and Scott Akers are using SMS automation to combat issues of infrastructure and disease.

Why People Rule The World In 2014

Marian Salzman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business
Marian Salzman

People are more empowered now than they've ever been. And they're having their say in ways they've never had before, heard by wider audiences and taken ever more seriously.

3 Important Steps to Mastering the African Terrain as an Entrepreneur

Juliet Asante | Posted 07.16.2013 | Business
Juliet Asante

This article is a continuation of a previous article. In that article, I focused on the languages of Africa, the profile of the population, and the tr...

Unfinished Business

Pierre Omidyar | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Pierre Omidyar

The enthusiasm surrounding this concept represents a paradigm shift: an understanding that market-based tools, imperfect as they are, can be leveraged to help even those who have been left behind by global capitalism.

How Financial Innovation Helps the Poor Improve Their Lives

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

In the aftermath of the global crisis, public opinion in the North is less convinced of the merits of an inclusive financial system. How, exactly, does it help, when the reckless expansion of mortgage credit in North America just triggered the deepest recession in recent memory?

The Rise of Africa

Marian Salzman | Posted 03.05.2013 | World
Marian Salzman

While many parts of the world have been struggling with flat or flagging economic growth, Africa looks set to carry on growing at a fair clip.

Technology to End Extreme Poverty

Hugh Evans | Posted 11.24.2012 | Impact
Hugh Evans

By itself technology doesn't end poverty, but it allows us to create the connections and relationships that together can break down the systems that keep people poor.

The 14 Best Innovations in Banking and Payments for 2010 (SLIDESHOW)

Brett King | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brett King

2010 was a bumper year for innovations in the banking and payments space. Here are some of the top innovations.

Banking on Savings for the Poor

Sylvia Mathews Burwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

If we can scale up financial service innovations like "mobile money," we can bring savings and other financial services beyond the bank's four walls to the doorsteps of the poor.