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Financial inclusion fit to size: Customizing digital credit for smallholder farmers in Tanzania

For the fourteenth briefing note in a series from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance, Dalberg’s Design Impact Group (DIG) explores the causes of low uptake in digital credit for smallholders to better understand how we can develop concrete product solutions to jump-start adoption … Continue reading

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How Does Digital Technology Make Lending to Farmers More Viable? (Early Findings)

The Learning Lab – an initiative of The MasterCard Foundation, jointly implemented by GDI and Dalberg –  is researching the Business case for digitally-enabled smallholder finance, specifically: what role do digital tools play in successful business models for lending to … Continue reading

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Deals That Can Break Poverty Cycle Afflicting Smallholder Farmers

By Edel Were It’s one of the most widespread mantras of Africa’s economic development: unlocking smallholder farmer potential will secure Africa’s food production and improve the livelihoods of millions… if only farmers had fool proof ways to increase productivity and … Continue reading

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Driving Smallholder Savings Through Digital Design in Senegal

This article originally appeared on CGAP. By Ravi Chhatpar, Elyse Marr and Ashish Kumar Financial inclusion initiatives for smallholders have often emphasized credit – whether through microfinance, group loans or commercial banking extensions. An alternative model emphasizes “little-by-little” savings, holding … Continue reading

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Partnership: Missing Ingredient to Mobile Money APIs

This article originally appeared on CGAP. By Andria Thomas and Marcus Watson If you chat with a group of software developers in an innovation hub in Africa, the conversation quickly and inevitably turns to mobile money and open APIs. Software … Continue reading

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The Financial Power of the Group: How Demand Aggregation Can Enable Consumer Financing for Renewable Energy Products

This post originally appeared on NextBillion. By Umang Prabhakar and Manisha Pandita In Northern India close to the Arabian Sea, salt farmers known asagariyas harvest salt in large pans from sub-surface brine. Every day during the seven-month-long production season, they labor … Continue reading

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Savings Groups Fuel Digital Design for Smallholders in Rwanda

This article originally appeared on CGAP. By Sebastian Barrera, Montana Cherney, Melanie Kahl, and Ashish Kumar It’s no secret that savings groups are the lifeblood of the informal financial economy, especially for smallholder households in developing economies such as Rwanda. Savings … Continue reading

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Infographic: How Much Does Meat Really Cost?

By Sonila Cook, Thabo Matse, and Julia Rohrer Consumption of animal protein is expected to grow 73 percent from current levels by the year 2050. While people in developed countries eat almost three times as much meat as those in … Continue reading

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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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Infographic: How Much is Being Done for the World’s 450 Million Smallholder Farmers?

Technical assistance programs can help smallholder farmers improve their agronomic skills, business and financial skills, and access to markets. Currently, $8 billion is spent on such programs each year, which may sound like a lot, but equates to an average … Continue reading

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