Tag Archives: access to finance

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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Indian Agent Networks – or how to open 10million accounts in a week

The Helix Institute launched another of their Agent Network Accelerator Surveys. This time on India. For those who do not know them yet, The Helix Institute of Digital Finance, was founded in November 2013 as a partnership between MicroSave, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, … Continue reading

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My contribution to the Microfinance Barometer 2015! “DFS – what is it? and if yes, how many?”

Ok, ok, ok my article in the Microfinance Barometer is not a blog, but I still thought it might be interesting to feature it here. Digital Financial Services PLUS seem to be THE new thing in our sometimes a little … Continue reading

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Bitcoin – What is it and if yes, how many?

I normally write about microfinance, but I guess we have to go with new trends and new developments. Bitcoin is definitely one very new, innovative, and potentially even tension-generating development in the global payment industry. This is primarily an introduction … Continue reading

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Can we have another Mpesa? – a study analyzing 7 African markets

This blog has been long overdue. The European Investment Bank (EIB) together with the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) launched a study in December 2014 on digital financial Services (DFS) in Sub-Saharan Africa, notably Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda … Continue reading

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Financial inclusion – even though it sometimes feels like a Sisyphus job….

However, I must say I felt happy after reading the recently published Global Findex Database 2014. The document presents the current state of financial inclusion and even though we are still missing 2bn people currently unbanked (of which 1.1bn are … Continue reading

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