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 …


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 …


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 …


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’ …


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 …


Guest Article: The future of peer-to-peer lending in Asia

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By Vikas Jain, Funding Societies The financial services industry has taken huge strides in the last 20-odd years, with path-breaking innovations in the financial system such as the advent of automated teller machines (ATMs), credit cards, online banking, mobile banking and sophisticated loan and deposit products. The speed of innovation has been unprecedented. One new offering that has developed more …

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Interview: Digital Banking, Fintech, Blockchain, IOT and New Normal of Financial Services with Javieer Singh, Head of Innovation @ ACCESS

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The onset of the Lunar New Year is the opportune moment for reconnecting old friends and acquaintances. We took this time to catch up with Jaiveer Singh, the keynote speaker for the Financial Inclusion Summit Asia 2016   Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you got into the banking industry. Jaiveer: During my school days, I was …


Guest post: Hurdles On The Way To Cashless

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Hurdles On The Way To Cashless By Richard Hartung, Managing Director, Transcarta 1. Protecting payment systems from cyberattacks When all of DBS Bank’s online services and ATMs shut down for about seven hours in 2013, business across the island slowed considerably. A cyberattack could be even more devastating, especially if it hits more than one bank and payment networks such …


Leveraging on the future of alternative financing with Roger Crook, CEO @ Capital Springboard

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Alternative financiers are often regarded as the more appropriate solution for SME’s seeking corporate funding needs than banks in this increasing deleveraged and regulated financial economy. While lacking in scale and infrastructure as compared to global banks, they pride themselves as being imaginative in terms of the security packages and flexible in terms of the solutions they can provide. We sat down …


Microinsurance is InsurTech and there is more to come

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Guest Post: For many years the FinTech buzz was primarily focused on banking. Last year that all changed when 2015 was labelled the year of InsurTech. Last year InsurTech start-up funding exceeded $2.5 billion. This trend continued in the first quarter of 2016, with 45 InsurTech deals generating over $650 million, according to CB Insights data. It’s hard to say …