How ASEAN’s Diversity Can Be a Strength in the Digital Revolution

May 24, 2017

by Manu Bhardwaj and Yuwa Hedrick-Wong ASEAN has the potential to become a leader in the digital revolution by harnessing its diversity to power its development. On a map, ASEAN’s (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) 10 members can easily be …

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Innovation in MSME Finance in India

June 27, 2017

Using innovative fintech solutions, Accion Venture Lab’s portfolio companies provide capital to micro, small and medium enterprises. *This post was originally published by Accion in Ventures on Medium. Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are considered an engine of growth …

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Design For Social Impact: 3 Best Practices for Lasting Innovation

February 2, 2016

By Michael Mori and Trevor Zimmer Two design researchers share a few ‘lessons learned’ for building financial products and services that bring real value to the underserved and the excluded.  As design strategists, we’re loath to admit that our industry’s …

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Labor Market Solutions: 3 Pathways to Breaking Down Barriers

December 28, 2015

As we wrap up the year, we look back at what inspired the 11 new ideas presented at the Harvard Symposium for Inclusive Growth in October. The MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth co-sponsored the event in partnership with the Harvard …

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Building Inclusive and Innovative Megacities in China

August 28, 2015

With the right measures in place, the influx of human capital to China’s biggest cities can drive future growth If the fact that, since the introduction of market reforms in 1979, China’s urban population has soared from 19.6% of its …

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Teaching Entrepreneurship to Reshape China’s Economy

October 22, 2015

As creativity finds its place in China’s educational system, entrepreneurship is grabbing hold This summer, nearly 7.5 million college graduates—a record number—entered China’s labor market. Entry-level positions, however, are in scarce supply, and young people are feeling the crunch. China’s …

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Exploring Indonesia’s Mobile Banking Opportunity

March 3, 2015

Few emerging industries generate equal buzz in both the international development community and private sector. Yet mobile financial services (MFS) have the potential to expand the market to hundreds of millions of new consumers, while promising to drive economic growth …

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