Max Mattern

Financial Sector Specialist

Max Mattern has nearly a decade of experience working in international development, much of which has focused on understanding the potential of financial services to improve the lives of the economically and socially excluded. He currently manages CGAP’s work in Ghana, which aims to build a more robust and inclusive digital financial services ecosystem in the country. Additionally, Mr. Mattern contributes to CGAP’s work exploring links between financial services and development outcomes, with a focus on innovations in financing for productive assets.

Before joining CGAP, Max worked at the World Bank. In addition to his experience in financial inclusion, his previous roles include consulting and research in rural and agricultural development, nutrition, and food security. His work has spanned countries and continents, with regional concentrations in the Middle East and North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Max has a Master’s degree in International Business and Development Economics from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and an undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Arizona. He is fluent in French.

By Max Mattern

Blog

Savings at the Pump: Financing Solar Irrigation to Support Rural Women

Solar water pumps can be a sustainable, low-cost solution for irrigating farms. Asset financing from organizations like PEG Africa could help more women to obtain these cost- and time-saving tools.
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The Essential Role of Finance in Education, Housing and Health Care

CGAP’s research suggests that financial services are important tools for advancing equitable access to quality essential services like education, housing and health care.
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As PAYGo Solar Matures, Funders Can Do More to Close the Energy Gap

Pay-as-you-go (PAYGo) solar has enabled energy access for around 27 million customers. Funders can help PAYGo providers further close the energy access gap — while advancing financial inclusion — by focusing on these priorities for the sector.
Research

Financial Solutions for Women in Rural and Agricultural Livelihoods

This deck synthesizes CGAP research and insights on the constraints faced by women in rural and agricultural livelihoods (WIRAL) and the opportunities for service providers and funders to add value to their lives and livelihoods.
Research

PAYGo PERFORM: Financial, Operational, and Portfolio Quality KPIs for the PAYGo solar industry

With the help of 600 colleagues from the PAYGO offgrid solar sector, a new set of 36 standard metrics covering portfolio quality, unit and firm-level economics, and company operational indicators are available today.