Michael Tarazi

Lead, Member Engagement & Governance

Michael Tarazi leads CGAP’s Member Engagement and Governance team, managing member relations and CGAP’s governance, and overseeing CGAP’s sector support project. Mr. Tarazi has over a decade of experience in development finance, having previously launched and managed CGAP’s work in financial innovation for smallholder families, and led CGAP’s efforts in branchless banking regulation. He has worked with regulators around the world to develop regulatory frameworks and has also taught branchless banking at the Boulder Institute for Microfinance.

Before joining CGAP, Mr. Tarazi was a corporate attorney in private practice and served as the European General Counsel to a U.S. company providing digital payment services to developing countries. He also served as an adviser to Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Mr. Tarazi was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has a Law degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. He speaks Arabic and French.

By Michael Tarazi

Research

Designing Digital Financial Services for Smallholder Families

This publication synthesizes learnings from across Zimbabwe, Senegal, Rwanda, and Cambodia, with the aim of providing financial service providers, donors, and other stakeholders with actionable insights into the ingredients for building successful, smallholder-specific digital financial services.
Blog

Smallholder Finance: Digital Solutions to Traditional Challenges?

A new CGAP focus note takes a look at the ways digital financial services can help overcome the traditional "pain points" - including higher cost and risk - of serving smallholder farmers with formal financial services.
Research

Serving Smallholder Farmers: Recent Developments in Digital Finance

This Focus Note introduces some recent developments in digital financial services for smallholder farmers. The case studies identify traditional pain points in serving this segment, discuss how DFS are being used, and highlight some initial obstacles and successes.
Blog

Understanding Smallholder Demand for Financial Services

Smallholder families represent the largest global segment of those living on less than $2 a day, yet relatively little is known about their demand for financial services.
Blog

Financial Innovation for Smallholders: A New Priority for CGAP

CGAP is pursuing a new workstream centered on financial innovation for smallholder families, the largest global segment by livelihood living on less than $2 a day.