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AFI`s four pillars of an evolving digital financial ecosystem

The Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) recently launched an interesting report “Fintech for Financial inclusion: a Framework for Digital Financial Transformation” on how developing and emerging markets can increase financial inclusion and economic development through fintech. Even though I thought the … Continue reading

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Go Big by Going Small: Serving the Needs of Smallholder Farmers

This time “I” was the guest blogger on the recently rebranded FinDevGateway. Please find below my blog on smallholder farmers in preparation of my panel at the European Microfinance Week 2018 in Luxembourg. This blog post is also available in French: Voir … Continue reading

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Smallholder agriculture – impressive impact by CSAF members!

The Council of Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) State of the Sector 2018 publication showcases the success of this alliance of 12 social lending institutions targeting agricultural businesses  in low- and middle-income countries. Very concretely, the members have had the following impact since the … Continue reading

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Flash from the Past: business case of digital financial services

Whow, I remember the times so clearly before having been hijacked by the European Investment Bank. I was an independent consultant hired by one of the consultancies contracted by the IFC to develop the business case on digital financial services (DFS) with 5 … Continue reading

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Breaking Free of the Branch!

Very excited to present you my latest publication! Before joining the European Investment Bank in Oktober 2015, I was working as independent consultant and specifically on „The Partnership for Financial Inclusion.“ This initiative was a joint effort by the International … Continue reading

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What is a typical smallholder in Tanzania?

Financial Sector Deepening Trust–Tanzania (FSDT) and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) conducted a nationally representative survey of smallholder households In Tanzania between August and September 2015. I am spending currently a lot for time on how to … Continue reading

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Re-establishing mobile money momentum in Indonesia!

The recent visit of Dutch Queen Maxima has brought financial inclusion back onto the agenda of Indonesia`s government. According to the World Bank`s Global Findex report 2014, only 36% of the Indonesian adult population (older then 15 years) has access … Continue reading

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The 2016 Brookings FDIP is out!

I really enjoyed reading the report – which is not often the case with these “full of data” kind of reports. Please find below the update on the 2015 and 2016 Brookings FDIP, plus some interesting highlights.

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Zidisha! the future of microfinance?!?

I have already written about online lenders (Online lenders – threat or promise?) or about the use of alternative data for credit assessments (As excited about alternative data?). Even though I find the concepts very exciting and the underlying promise … Continue reading

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SIBs – the good, the bad, and the ugly!

I spent my last 3 blogs on Social/Development Impact Bonds (“Social Impact Bonds! Moving from outputs to outcomes…“, “After SIBs… now we talk DIBs!” or “An experiment – two SIBs to help Germany solve its migration crisis!? (1 of 2)“). … Continue reading

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