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Bitcoins and Financial Inclusion: Not Much of a Link for Now

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

Beyond being digital, what does Bitcoin have in common with electronic money and financial inclusion generally? At this point, there seem to be more differences than similarities and it's important not to conflate electronic money with the virtual currency.

Can E-Money Do to Banks What Amazon Did to Booksellers?

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Tilman Ehrbeck

When people trust digital means of payment people start going "cash-lite." That's why mobile money is spreading in a number of developing economies, and why 40 percent of Americans now typically carry less than $20 cash in their wallets.

Financial Inclusion in India: An Update

Bhagwan Chowdhry | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Bhagwan Chowdhry

Three years ago I blogged "Is Financial Inclusion Imminent in India?" I have just returned from India after observing the progress India has made towards financial inclusion. Yes, there has been progress, but much remains to be done.

The Art of Falling Gracefully

Jessica Bishop | Posted 08.09.2013 | Small Business
Jessica Bishop

I fall down. A lot. But, in the process of founding two companies, I've learned a little secret: If you want to be the founder of a successful startup, there is nothing more important than resilience.

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?

Our Distributed Future: M2M, Energy & Water Access

Justin Guay | Posted 04.28.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

Suffice to say, the opportunity is real, it's huge, and it's just waiting to be tapped. It's important to note that solar crowdfunding may be instrumental in making it happen.

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.

4 Things I Learned in Jordan

Charlie Kindel | Posted 06.19.2013 | Business
Charlie Kindel

Jordan is a relatively stable country in a very bad neighborhood. If that stability can continue, the intelligence, optimism, passion and entrepreneurism I experienced while there will accelerate and, perhaps, things will become slightly less complex. And, maybe, the neighborhood will improve.

The Better Than Cash Alliance Is Out to Create a "Cash Lite" World

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 11.25.2012 | Impact
Elisabeth Rhyne

Projects to pay government benefits and humanitarian aid in electronic form are a boon. They increase security and accountability while decreasing cost. Until now, however, such projects have been isolated, with no worldwide, deliberate, coordinated push.

Sub-Saharan Africa's Mobile Money Revolution

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 10.14.2012 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

Africa is blazing a trail in financial access innovation.

Can Mobile Money End This War?

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alexia Parks

Over the past 60 years the U.S. has been involved in more than 10 wars and invasions. These have included World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the B...

Jobs for a "Two Billion Global Workforce"

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

What type of jobs would you assign if you could mobilize two billion people in major cities in 60 countries around the world?