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22 October 2013
Building a financial market that serves the poor requires more than supporting institutions. It also requires coordinating underlying elements - such as educating consumers, drafting appropriate laws, and building capacity in organizations.
22 February 2013
Despite years of donor programs that have had an explicit goal of helping build the market for capacity building, the market—where it exists—is highly subsidized with few viable providers able to adapt to an evolving landscape. Can we change this?
11 January 2013
Market systems are complex, and it's nearly impossible to predict their future outcomes. Can setting concrete goals be too limiting?
27 June 2012
The concept of granting loans to low-income people based on no more than a solidarity guarantee has evolved into a multibillion dollar industry.
21 October 2011
This pura vida spirit could also be used to describe the status of financial inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean, as the industry proactively pushes for product innovation to increase access and lower cost, while confronting challenges like overindebtedness and rural finance.
15 September 2011
There are many reasons to be excited about mobile phones as a way to distribute cash transfers, such as government payments or NGO cash-for-work programs.