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Lessons in Expanding Digital Payments to Remote Communities in Mexico and Colombia

COVID-19 is making digital payments more appealing and presents an opportunity to bring financial services to more small businesses and the Café Paga Project shows how
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By: Franz Gomez and Alejandra Montes Saénz    

Reimagining Merchant Training in Colombia

How Financial Services Providers used interactive mobile messaging to help thousands of MSMEs grow
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Micro and small merchant training is a critical undertaking in developing nations where these businesses are the biggest drivers of economic growth and job creation.

However, massive gaps in business management skills and financial literacy are limiting their potential. In an ideal world without resource constraints, all merchants would have access to in-person training programs, with dedicated instructors helping them learn and implement best practices.

Seizing the Moment to Advance Data for Social Impact

COVID-19 is accelerating nonprofits' work and data science is stepping up to help
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The coronavirus pandemic has amplified the power of data science for social impact in many ways, from helping to deliver school lunch stipends to parents after schools closed to using technology to make accessing critical safety net programs more streamlined and user-friendly.

Digital Equity, More Urgent Than Ever

Experts discuss overcoming racial and geographic disparities in a post-pandemic world
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COVID-19's Opportunity: A Chance to Build a More Resilient Workforce

America needs a better skill-matching system if workers are to find their footing after the pandemic recedes.
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Every day, we are inspired by the essential workers on the frontlines of this pandemic—by their commitment to working despite the risks and their resourcefulness and tremendous talents under duress. The workers manning grocery stores, the janitors sanitizing hospital wards, the warehouse workers fulfilling our online orders – they all share one thing in common: they are a part of America’s low-wage workforce. They are the workers keeping things going for the rest of us—and yet, many of them are financially insecure and lack opportunities for advancement.

Call for Entries: Data Science Breakthroughs for an Inclusive Recovery

data.org launches a $10MM Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge
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The fight against COVID-19 underscores how interconnected our world has become. At the same time, the pandemic has also exposed and exacerbated many existing challenges facing economies, and the fragility of micro and small businesses. As we look to the future, there is an opportunity to build a stronger and more inclusive economy coming out of this crisis.

data.org Issues an Open Call for $10MM Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge

Challenge Will Reward Scalable and Breakthrough Projects that use Data Science to Support Inclusive Growth and Recovery
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How Ready is the World to Work While Still Social Distancing?

A new analysis gauges countries’ digital readiness
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As businesses and governments worldwide scramble to adjust to social distancing, they are often turning to online tools, from webinar platforms to digital payments to social media for advertising. But as a new analysis from The Fletcher School at Tufts University shows, not all countries are ready for this new normal. Like the many other disparities laid bare by this pandemic, the digital divide is quickly becoming apparent.

Mastercard Builds on COVID-19 Response with Commitment to Connect 1 Billion People, 50 Million Small Businesses, 25 Million Women Entrepreneurs to the Digital Economy by 2025

Extends effort beyond 500 million financially included over the past five years. Maximizes technology, partnerships to deliver aid, insights and access to businesses and communities. Blends support of economic and health well-being.
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PURCHASE, NY., April 30, 2020 /3BL Media/ -- The health and economic consequences of COVID-19 have highlighted the critical need to support vulnerable populations, many of whom are disproportionately impacted.

Saving Main Street in the Wake of COVID-19

Strengthening CDFIs is essential for helping businesses and communities rebound from the pandemic
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As Americans are bracing for the health fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak, the nation’s Main Street businesses are fighting for their survival. Salon owners, event planners, shopkeepers and restaurants are being forced to make hard choices—pay their bills or their employees—and the workers who rely on them for their livelihoods face prolonged economic hardship.

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