White Paper: Digital Financial Service Product #1 by USAID

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In 2016, USAID’s Agricultural Extension Support Activity (AESA), implemented by Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) in partnership with CARE Bangladesh and mPower piloted a new initiative entitled ‘Smallholders’ Access to Microfinance through Bank: A-card’, with the goal to provide smallholder farmers with agricultural lending. AESA is partnering with Bank Asia Limited and local microfinance institutions Society Development Committee (SDC), Grameen Jano Unnayan Sangstha …

Announcing the 2017 Financial Inclusion Summit Asia

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In April 2016, the Financial Inclusion Summit Asia brought together a group of regional stakeholders to discuss critical challenges and best practises on charting inroads into Asian financial inclusion roadmap for e-payments and mobile banking. We welcomed 100 senior delegates and speakers from the Pan-Asian financial services leveraging a regional outlook for greater thought leadership perspectives. In 2017, we are …

Case Study: Innovating for Financial Inclusion, the BIMA way

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  Introduction The mobile financial services revolution has already demonstrated the power that technology has to reach the underserved on an unprecedented scale. But in addition to distributing products farther and wider than ever before, innovative use of technology creates efficiencies that allow providers to service their customers better. Technology can enable the industry to shift towards client centricity, creating …


5 questions with BTPN’s Achmad Nusjirwan Sugondo

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Ahead of his presentation at the Financial Inclusion Summit, we caught up with Achmad Nusjirwan Sugondo, Senior Vice President at Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Nasional (BTPN). During our conversation we discussed the role of traditional financial institutions in making financial inclusion a reality. Can you give us a quick introduction to the work that BTPN does for financial inclusion Indonesia? BTPN has …


Technology: An Agent of Change for Women in Developing Areas

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Guest post: This piece is authored by Roya Mahboob, CEO of Afghan Citadel Software and founder of the Digital Citizen Fund.  Imagine a world where boys and girls learn side-by-side, no matter the circumstances of their environment and surroundings. The opportunities provided by internet access and education are equally available to everyone and the individual dreams of every child were within the …

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Top ten takeaways from the Financial Inclusion Summit Asia 2016

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The 2016 Financial Inclusion Summit was a resounding success when it ran back in April. Here are the top 10 takeaways from the show, some food for thought as we look forward to the 2017 edition: Microfinance institutions are generally experiencing very high repayment rates of between 95-99%. On average the top 100 most profitable microfinance institutions worldwide have an average …

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Highlights from the 2016 Financial Inclusion Summit

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RECAP Drawing from its humble beginnings during the microfinance revolution of the 1970s, the financial inclusion movement has since evolved into a global multi-billion dollar commercial opportunity. In 2012, the Asian Development Bank approved 121 projects amounting to an estimated USD $2.59 billion. Numerous Asian governments, banks and NGOs are now actively seeking the empowerment of the underbanked populace and …