Inclusion

Promoting financial inclusion with vigour in Pakistan and South Asia

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By MOHIUDDIN AAZIM The move to launch the Pakistan Financial Inclusion and Infrastructure Project, the latest in a series to promote financial inclusion, will help spur economic growth. With $130m financial assistance expected from the World Bank, the project will be implemented by Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company (PMIC), Central Directorate of National Savings (CDNS) and the SBP’s Development Finance Group. It …

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Interview with Sreeram Iyer, COO for ANZ Bank’s institutional banking business

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CSR initiatives for banks are evolving towards delivering sustainable financial services and adequate coverage to under-banked populaces in developing communities who live beyond the poverty line. We interviewed Sreeram Iyer, COO for ANZ Bank‘s Institutional Banking Business to get a penny for his thoughts on growing role of banks in the quest for financial inclusivity in Asia.   Can you give us a quick introduction …

Poverty

Guest article: On a mission to root out poverty

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By Susan Long Michael Lien may be the grandson of one of Singapore’s richest men and with a gilded career of his own as a corporate financier, but he has set himself the task of tackling something far removed from his own experience – rural poverty in Indochina. The 51-year-old is founder of Leap201, which seeks to help poor farmers …

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Closing the digital divide: How mSTAR boosts the agricultural sector in Bangladesh

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In Bangladesh, FHI 360’s Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project supports the acceleration and adoption of mobile money and electronic payments such as DFS within the USAID Mission’s programs, with a specific emphasis on health, agriculture and gender. The mSTAR Project is capitalizing on the popularity of mobile financial services to strengthen the agricultural sector and improve farmers’ …

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Guest Article: Technology for Microfinance to Scale Up is Having Impact

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One of the challenges to growth in microfinance has been the tremendous time and effort required to make loans and collect funds. Digital solutions are upending current practices, however, and enabling companies to scale up as well as to provide better service to borrowers. New Models The traditional model for microfinance institutions (MFIs) has often started with a loan officer …