Mastercard and Unilever CEOs: How We Can Help Microbusinesses Grow

July 24, 2018

By Ajay Banga and Paul Polman There are somewhere between 365 and 445 million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in emerging economies. They are the backbones of their local economies and a key driver of the United Nations Sustainable …

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How to Move India’s Small Merchants toward Digital Financial Services

June 25, 2018

Survey points to solutions that can boost small merchants’ use of mobile banking Key Takeaways Awareness of digital banking tools is high, but use is low To increase use, digital products need to be designed and tailored to the circumstances …

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Unlocking Growth for Small Retailers in Emerging Markets

May 7, 2018

by Natasha Jamal A new model involving private-private partnerships combines an innovative fintech solution with skills development to help small retailers in emerging markets grow their businesses. Micro and small businesses often cite access to capital as one of their …

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2018: Moving the Needle on Inclusive Growth in Emerging Markets

January 4, 2018

by Yuwa Hedrick-Wong  Nearly a decade after the global financial crisis, emerging markets are poised for a middle-class boom. Our experts weigh in on what it will take to sustain growth in 2018 and beyond. 2018 marks the tenth anniversary …

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Beyond Mobile Money

February 26, 2017

Harnessing the power of mobile to deliver a range of solutions for financial inclusion. Advances in mobile technology are providing better access to markets, credit and ensuring small merchants are able to reap the benefits of going digital.  Yet there …

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Closer to Achieving Inclusive Growth through Financial Inclusion in 2016

December 21, 2016

Fintech advances and government actions drive financial inclusion and offer the promise of igniting more sustainable and equitable growth globally. 2016 saw substantial progress in connecting the world’s people to financial services, from bank accounts to mobile payments to micro-lending …

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Toward a Less-Cash India

October 4, 2017

How fintech innovations can help small merchants realize the benefits of financial inclusion. Rambabu sells tea in India. Like most businesses in the country, Rambabu’s tea shop is small and deals in cash. He makes about 500 cups of tea …

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Empowering East African Farmers Through Human-Centered Design

January 17, 2017

A new digital platform aims to improve farmers’ access to markets, increase price transparency and speed payments. The Mastercard Lab for Financial Inclusion today announced the launch of 2KUZE, a digital platform that connects smallholder farmers, agents, buyers and banks in East …

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Inclusive Conversations for Inclusive Growth Coming to Davos

January 17, 2017

World Economic Forum annual meeting calls on leaders to deepen their commitment to inclusive development and equitable growth. As business leaders and policymakers gather in Davos this week, billions of people on the outside continue innovating, working, hustling and investing …

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Fintech: Targeting Services for the Bottom of the Pyramid

November 24, 2015

An investor’s perspective on what makes financial inclusion startups successful. Widespread access to mobile communications, social media and big data have created new opportunities for financial technology firms – now popularly known as fintech – to deliver financial services to …

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