Financial Inclusion

Impact Investment Opportunities in India for Catalytic Investors

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On the surface, India’s impact investing ecosystem is thriving. There is high activity with deals happening across sectors and enterprise stages. At the same time, the narrative on impact investing has primarily been centered on capital supply and many investors in India have focused on achieving market-rate returns. This focus on returns left us wondering: are there areas currently not benefitting from this dynamic market?

To Drive Financial Inclusion, Businesses and Nonprofits Must Come Together, Says This Executive

Words by Amy Brown
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For Theresa Bedeau, senior manager for community development banking at Capital One, the racial wealth gap is not some distant concept — it’s personal. 

A Dignified Approach to Digital Credit

Professor Fred Wherry talks about ensuring the explosive growth in digital credit improves the lives of the financially excluded
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Broadening Financial Inclusion Borders in Bangladesh

Spotlight on Whole Planet Foundation's Bold, New Partnerships, by Claire Kelly
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According to Women’s World Banking, “Women in Bangladesh have the highest-ever rates of literacy and employment, and the country’s economy is growing. Financial inclusion now stands at more than 50 percent, nearly doubling in the past few years. But the financial inclusion gender gap is growing rapidly too, with fewer than half of women accessing or using formal financial services.” 

Making Payment Acceptance a Driver for Financial Inclusion

How new product solutions, business models, and partnerships can advance electronic payments and financial inclusion
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By Dan Salazar, Vice President, Product Development and Innovation, Acceptance and Solutions, Mastercard

Multipliers of Prosperity: Status Quo or Game Changer?

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by MetLife Foundation and Village Capital

The financial technology, or fintech, revolution is gaining momentum in the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) region. Fintech investments in MENA totaled $18 million in 2016. In 2017, that figure was surpassed by a single $20 million round raised by the payment platform Paytabs, leading to heightened interest among investors: Wamda Research Lab, for example, puts total 2017 fintech investments in MENA at more than $50 million, a 270 percent year-over-year increase.

Multipliers of Prosperity: Lending With a Mission

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Mohammed Ali and his siblings had been driving past the vacant gas station on the east side of Saint Paul, Minnesota for years before they finally decided to make an offer to buy it—with the idea of opening a restaurant and grocery store catering to the neighborhood’s vibrant community of immigrants.

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