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User-centred Financial Inclusion

In Live Mint, Varad Pande and Nirat Bhatnagar explain why digital financial services should be tailored to the habits of the underserved. While financial service firms in India are beginning to explore digitizing their services and products for the BoP, two key dilemmas – user-experience … Continue reading

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New Report: Small Merchants Offer Big Financial Inclusion Opportunities

There are more than 180 million micro and small merchants operating in developing and emerging markets globally. These merchants serve the world’s lowest income customers at a scale that is staggering. Every day, small merchants interact with more than 4.5 … Continue reading

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Borrowing and Saving – Not Two Sides of the Same Coin

By Dalberg’s Michael Mori, and ACCION International’s Elisabeth Rhyne From a mathematical point of view, borrowing and saving are mirror images. In both cases many small payments allow for one or more large payouts. Only the sequence differs. Stuart Rutherford’s classic … Continue reading

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[Video] Impact Investing Is Becoming Scalable

Before chairing the Leaders’ Investment Strategy panel at Fund Forum Berlin 2016, Liesbet Peeters, Managing Partner at D. Capital, gave her perspective on the opportunities and challenges for impact investment.

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Using Human-Centered Design to Build Financial Products Tailored for Underbanked Customers

Globally, demand for smallholder finance is estimated at $450 billion. To meet this demand, it will be critical for financial services and providers to truly understand their smallholder customers, and design financial products to suit their specific needs. An integrated team from … Continue reading

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FAFIN: Supporting the need for private capital in Nigeria’s high-growth agricultural sector

By Jeff Kaiser After a hectic week in Nigeria that included meetings with six small- and medium-sized (SME) agricultural processors, two multinational corporations working in agriculture, three banks, 15 smallholder farmers, and one of Nigeria’s State Commissioners for Agriculture, I … Continue reading

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Harnessing private investment to finance clean water and sanitation

By Madhu Yalamarthi The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 768 million people worldwide lack access to improved drinking water, and over 2,500 million people lack access to sanitation facilities. WHO also estimates the global economic losses associated with … Continue reading

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Lending at the margins in Africa

By Matt Shakhovskoy Capital to finance new beehives for a local beekeeping cooperative in Zambia or a line of credit for a tea company in Rwanda to fund tea purchases from smallholder farmers are not your typical projects for the … Continue reading

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Investing for impact at D. Capital

by Eric Cooperstrom When I joined D. Capital in July 2012, I became the fifth member of a team spread across London, Washington DC and Nairobi. At that time, we fit perfectly into the stereotypical start-up company mold: an entrepreneurial … Continue reading

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Catalyzing smallholder agricultural finance

By Dan Zook The world’s 450 million smallholder farmers represent a large – and largely unmet – opportunity for agricultural financing. As population growth and rising incomes create unprecedented demand for food, multinational companies increasingly rely on smallholders to secure … Continue reading

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