Daniel Waldron

Financial Sector Specialist

Daniel Waldron leads CGAP's work on access to energy and safe water. Mr. Waldron has seven years of experience in financial inclusion and development, primarily focused on energy access and agricultural finance. He has worked with financial services providers and government stakeholders in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. He has collaborated closely with numerous firms in the off-grid energy space, helping them to optimize their consumer finance and digital collection operations.

Before joining CGAP, Mr. Waldron worked as a research analyst for Petrides & Co., an energy investment bank. Other career highlights include serving as a research and data analyst for Better Than Cash Alliance and ongoing work for BFA and Mastercard Foundation on the Financial Inclusion on Business Runways initiative. He also served for two years as an environmental volunteer for Peace Corps Tanzania.

Mr. Waldron has a Master’s in International Affairs from The New School and an undergraduate degree from New York University. He resides in New York City. He is fluent in Swahili and proficient in Spanish.

By Daniel Waldron

Blog

Growth vs. Sustainability: Credit Risk in PAYGo Solar

Rapid customer growth in pay-as-you-go solar can come with a cost: too many customers that don’t repay. Is it time to focus on reducing credit risk? To better understand the realities and challenges of running a PAYGo credit operation, we recently spoke with the people who live with it: heads of credit and risk at PAYGo solar companies, equity investors and creditors.
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Taming the Strange Beasts: Servicing and the Future of PAYGo

Despite its tremendous promise, the PAYGo industry is still young and challenging. Entrepreneurs and investors should expect and prepare for some failures. To plan for the future and prepare for unpleasant contingencies, there needs to be more focus on loan servicing in the PAYGo sector.
Research

Digital Finance for the Real Economy: Water

This presentation is part of a series that synthesizes what we have learned and our insights into the power and challenges of digital finance.
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Off-Grid Solar Company Helping Customers Pay School Fees

In Africa, some of the most innovative ideas in education financing are coming from an unlikely source - an off-grid solar company.
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Remote Lockouts: The Dark Side of Pay-as-You-Go Solar?

Lockout technology has enabled creditors to help poor people finance solar systems and light their homes, but it’s not very popular with consumers.