Publications

13 February 2015
Unstructured supplementary service data (USSD), a communications service controlled by mobile network operators, is a critical piece of infrastructure used to provide mobile financial services on most phones, at low cost, and without requiring access to the user’s SIM card. READ MORE »
24 February 2015
This Focus Note explores the operational costs associated with musharaka and salam products by delving into two case studies: Bank Al Baraka in Algeria and Wasil Foundation in Pakistan. READ MORE »
27 January 2015
The amount of electronic data generated by computerization—digital data—is growing at unprecedented rates. Financial services are an information business—can this growing wealth of data be harnessed to advance financial inclusion? READ MORE »
16 October 2014
CGAP has conducted eight human-centered design projects in seven countries. The lessons from these projects highlight both the challenges ahead and a possible way forward when it comes to integrating mobile money into the lives of the poor. READ MORE »
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About Publications

CGAP publications cover a wide range of financial inclusion topics and are a premier resource for stakeholders interested in advancing financial access for the world’s poor. We focus on evidence-based research and each paper goes through a rigorous peer-review process.

24 May 2016
Smallholder farmers in Tanzania face a range of challenges, including obtaining and paying for quality seeds, fertilizer, and pesticide, and transporting goods to market along run down road networks.
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English (118 pages)
29 April 2016
This research paper covers the “Financial Inclusion for the Rural Poor Using Agent Networks” project, which was conducted to gain a better understanding of the impact of different strategies to promote financial inclusion among rural poor households in Peru.
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English (14 pages)
29 April 2016
Financial institutions serving the poor can offer a range of savings, insurance, and even nonfinancial products in addition to their core credit products. Bundling these products into one packaged sale can be a cost-effective distribution strategy and a means to differentiate the provider’s offering by its added value to clients.
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English (39 pages) | Spanish (44 pages)
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