Center for Financial Inclusion

The business case for financial inclusion: A multi-trillion-dollar proposition

The business case for financial inclusion: A multi-trillion-dollar proposition

A high-level business case for financial inclusion constructed using data on the impact of M-PESA on poverty in Kenya By Ethan Loufield...

The high cost of going for Olympic gold

The high cost of going for Olympic gold

Athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics face barriers to financial health Nearly 3,000 top athletes from 92 countries are converging...

New Strategies and Technologies Are Making Insurance More Inclusive

New Strategies and Technologies Are Making Insurance More Inclusive

By Michael Schlein Financial services can help make our lives better. They can help us save for the future, seize opportunities,...

Why We Care about the SDGs… And What We’re Doing About It

Why We Care about the SDGs… And What We’re Doing About It

By Sonja Kelly, Director of Research, Center for Financial Inclusion This week and next, three Accion staff — myself, Pablo Antón Díaz, and Kathleen...

Banks and Fintech Startups are Working Together to Accelerate Financial Inclusion

Banks and Fintech Startups are Working Together to Accelerate Financial Inclusion

By Michael Schlein The newest report from the Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) at Accion and the Institute of International Finance (IIF) discusses the value of...

Refugees and Mobile Money: Services and Initiatives that Support Those in Crisis

Refugees and Mobile Money: Services and Initiatives that Support Those in Crisis

By Jeffrey Riecke If you had to embark on a journey similar to that of the 65 million people who...

Promising Developments in Mobile Financial Services

Promising Developments in Mobile Financial Services

By Tess Johnson Despite the excitement about moving mobile financial services (MFS) to a richer smartphone-based environment, we still have...

Mobile Financial Services: A Technology Primer and Implications for Financial Inclusion

By Beth Rhyne What a marvel it is that a couple living in a remote region of the world, despite...

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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...

Financial Inclusion’s Best in Class

By Virginia Moore For the last 10 years, the Global Microscope on Financial Inclusion has systematically reported what it takes to...