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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 Lyer, 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 …

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Texting people out of poverty – The Juntos way

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Written by Laura Sim Carmen Hernandez, 34, lives in Dallas with her husband and five children. Her husband works in construction, earning about $50,000 a year. Hernandez makes party decorations and tailors clothing, making $800 to $1,000 a month. In February 2014, the family only had $300 in savings. That month, Hernandez began using a program called Juntos that sends …

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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 …