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Implementing Big Data: 10 Tips from Financial Service Providers

By Kathleen Yaworsky Many financial service providers assume that they don’t have enough information at hand. That isn’t the case:...

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Using Big Data – and Small Data – to Accelerate Financial Inclusion

By Michael Schlein Every half hour, the internet, mobile phones, and other internet-connected devices generate digital data equal to all...

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Unlocking the Promise of Big Data to Promote Financial Inclusion

By Kathleen Yaworsky Every half hour, the internet – combined with internet-connected devices such as phones, computers, and home appliances...

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Smart Contracts and Blockchain: What Happens if the Blockchain Breaks?

By Tess Johnson When you receive a chain letter, it usually promises that you will receive great rewards, but only if...

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What I Learned at LendIt

By Michael Schlein Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at LendIt, an annual gathering which brings together venture...

International Women’s Day: School Fees Instead of High Interest Loans

International Women’s Day: School Fees Instead of High Interest Loans

This year for International Women’s Day, we are sharing the story of Daw Thein Thein Win, a client of DAWN...

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Mobile Money in Myanmar: Going Directly from Cash to Digital

By Jason Loughnane In 2011, a SIM card in Myanmar cost $1,500 and mobile phones were used by less than...

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Demonetization: Behavioral Economics Working Towards Financial Inclusion in India

By Adelina Dasso In November, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetization of 86% of the currency in circulation....

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Collaborating to Support Small Businesses: CommonWealth Kitchen and Accion

By Jessica Pires Since the 2008 recession, small businesses have been at the heart of economic recovery in the U.S....

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Key Questions after 10 years of Financial Inclusion

By Kshama Fernandes Almost a decade ago, a group of us came together in India and decided to look at...