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14 June 2018
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Mobile banking agent helps a customer in Bangladesh
In countries where regulators favor “bank-led” digital finance models, nonbanks are playing important – even dominant – roles in digital finance.
12 June 2018
Woman uses her fingerprint to take an instant loan in Madagascar
Biometric technologies are facilitating the rise of collaborative customer due diligence. It is crucial to understand all aspects of biometric solutions – security, cost, convenience, inclusiveness and accuracy – and how prioritizing one may come with trade-offs to others.
29 May 2018
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Blockchain may be capable of expanding poor people's access to financial services, but does it work better than other existing technologies?
21 May 2018
To entice third-party app developers to innovate with APIs, digital financial services providers should start thinking of developers as customers and provide the right kinds of resources.
09 May 2018
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Burundi farmers learn about solar lamps
Lockout technology has enabled creditors to help poor people finance solar systems and light their homes, but it’s not very popular with consumers.
07 May 2018
Kenyans show their mobile phones
Kenyans can now send money between the country's two largest digital wallet services, Airtel and M-Pesa, the latest step toward interoperability in East Africa.
30 April 2018
Despite global progress toward universal access to financial services, the gender gap remains at 9 percentage points in developing countries. Here's a look at what the 2017 Global Findex tells us about women's access to financial services.
25 April 2018
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The latest Findex shows global progress on access to financial services, but it also illustrates challenges in reaching marginalized groups and increasing usage.
17 April 2018
QR codes in China
China will soon require payments providers, including Alipay and WeChat Pay, to connect to a public online payments clearinghouse. Here’s what we know so far about how this institution will work and what it could mean for mobile payments.
11 April 2018
Fishermen use a mobile app to locate fish in Indonesia
Smartphone penetration of 80 percent and low bank account access suggest that digital financial services will take off in Myanmar. China’s experience may offer clues about how and when this will happen.

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