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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...

Lessons in Savings Innovation and Financial Inclusion

By Srishti Kedia According to a survey by the Federal Reserve, 46% of Americans said they do not have enough...

Chatbots

Can Chatbots like Siri advance Financial Inclusion?

By Nancy Widjaja Chatbots enable customers to interact with a product or brand in ways that mimic two-way human conversations....

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...

Unlocking the Promise of Big Data to Promote Financial Inclusion report cover by Accion Global Advisory Services

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...

Paarul Dudeja Accion Venture Lab Director of Asia Investments

Introducing Paarul Dudeja, Venture Lab’s Director of Asia Investments

By Vikas Raj We recently welcomed Paarul Dudeja to the Accion Venture Lab team. As Director of Asia Investments, Paarul...

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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...

Kenyan Startups Creatively Bring Capital to MSMEs

By Nancy Widjaja Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Kenya face an estimated US$2-5 billion funding gap, representing one...

LendIt Michael Schlein Accion Frontier Inclusion Fund managed by Quona Capital

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...

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Kopo Kopo: Building on the Rails of Mobile Money in Kenya

By Nancy Widjaja The seventh episode of VentureKast, Accion Venture Lab’s podcast series, is a conversation between host Vikas Raj...