Of the 2.6 billion people living on less than $2 a day, about 600 million are small-holder farmers, 180 million are microenterpreneurs, and there are 800 million youth. Read More »

Financial Innovation for Smallholder Families

There are an estimated 450 million smallholder farming households representing 2 billion people relying to various degrees on agricultural production for their livelihoods. Read More »


Poor households in the informal economy need access to a full range of financial services to generate income, build assets, smooth consumption, and manage risks. Read More »

Payments and Infrastructure

CGAP’s focus on financial infrastructure includes country or regional payment systems, credit bureaus, and reporting standards and policies tied to financial transparency. Read More »


There is growing awareness among policy makers of the many ways that financial inclusion can benefit their countries and citizens. Read More »

Donors and Investors

Several topics here address the landscape of grant funding and commercial investment; how to invest effectively; and commercial microfinance valuations. Read More »

Financial Inclusion

An increasing body of evidence shows that appropriate financial services can help improve household welfare and spur small enterprise activity. Read More »