Tag Archives: SME

The Five-Minute Loan: How India Stack is Speeding Loans to Small Businesses

By Niloufer Memon, Vibhor Goyal, and Varad Pande We recently met Ajay, a fruit vendor in Mumbai who struggles to pay the 60 percent annual interest rate on a loan from his local money lender. Ajay was saddled with this debt, … Continue reading

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Carlijn Nouwen on CNBC: Driving Africa’s Growth Through Financial Inclusion

The unbanked and underbanked represent a huge, untapped opportunity for the financial services sector across Africa. However, sub-Saharan Africa still has the largest portion of people excluded from formal financial services in the world. On CNBC Invest Africa Dalberg Partner … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Room: Financial Inclusion for the Missing Middle

By Joe Dougherty and Radoslava Dogandjieva Giving poor people direct access to basic financial services is a laudable goal in itself, one that can generate important benefits. However, while financial inclusion can help the poor improve their lives in some … 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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Dalberg and Dalberg Research Present YouthUnemployment.com

High youth unemployment is one of the biggest problems confronting societies around the world – and it’s especially acute for young people in developing countries. But do we really know how to effectively address this complex and challenging issue? Inherent … Continue reading

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Infographic: How to Respond to an Outbreak – Success Factors for Fighting Off Ebola

This post originally appeared on Huffington Post Impact. Over a year has passed since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa began. In that narrow window of time, the disease has claimed more than 10,000 lives, stalled economic growth, and hampered … Continue reading

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Can Technology Push Microinsurance Further? 4 Reasons to Say Yes

By Rasesh Mohan and Wameek Noor Those who most need insurance, and the stability that it provides, are often the least likely to have it. In developing countries, insurance coverage is exceedingly low – often below 5%of the country’s population. Few … Continue reading

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Four Pillars of Rebuilding: Looking to Nepal and West Africa

By Scott Strand Another powerful earthquake struck Nepal this week, amplifying damage from the 7.8 magnitude jolt last month that killed over 8,000 people and stranded the injured in villages remote from cities and help. As intrepid recovery efforts are underway, … Continue reading

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Unlocking access to finance for women entrepreneurs: not just another charitable cause

By Lily Han The challenges small businesses face in accessing finance to grow are familiar and well-established: they may lack the know-how to access formal financing sources, have little collateral to offer, or be perceived as high-risk clients by banks … Continue reading

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