Publications

Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa

The Mastercard Foundation in partnership with BFA released Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa, new research that shows 80 million young people will benefit from the rise of digital commerce in Africa by 2030. These findings indicate that the digital commerce sector has the potential of disrupting the future of work on the continent.

Publications

Publications

SME-Focused Development Banks: Five Key Missions in a Time of Change
In recent years, there has been a renewed appreciation for the critical role SME-focused development banks play in the economies of many countries. Besides supplying much-needed capital to businesses during times of crisis and recession, development banks are increasingly supporting essential change. This paper looks at five societal missions...
The Digital Economy: Transforming Australian Businesses
In a report by the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), digital tools utilized by SMEs are analyzed. According to research by ANZ, “Using digital tools saves SMEs 10 hours per week on average and boosts revenue by 27 percent. Collectively, this amounts to 22 million hours saved per week and an additional $385 billion per year in revenue...
Report: Responsible Digital Credit
In this report, a range of responsible digital credit provider’s categories and models are examined, consumer risks they involve, and standards being developed to address these risk. With SMEs around the world accessing loans made through digital credit, it’s important to understand the financial consumer protection challenges involved. The report...
Aligning Expectations: The Business Case for Digital Financial Services
IFC and Mastercard have launched a research report providing insight into the case for Digital Financial Services (DFS) and financial projections from nine microfinance institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. The four-year study includes a set of best practice financial modeling benchmarks that can be used as a valuable guide for financial...
Innovation in Retail Banking Report 2017
The Innovation in Retail Banking report includes results of a global survey of more than 250 financial institutions, case studies from organizations of all sizes and insight contributions from some of the most respected innovators in banking. The innovation agenda has become intertwined with the digitalization agenda, where transforming back-...
A Success Story on Remittances at the Post Office in Africa
In 2013, together with the European Commission, IFAD partnered with the United Nations Capital Development Fund, the Universal Postal Union, the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute, the World Bank and other key factors in order to address the full potential of postal networks in Africa in facilitating the transfer of remittances, reducing...
European Payment Report 2018
In this report Intrum gathered data from 9,607 companies across Europe to gain insight into the payment behavior and financial health of European businesses. Through this comprehensive survey among European companies, Intrum generates awareness and debate among politicians and the media, for example, how late or non-payments impact the economies...
Building the Future-Ready Bank: Banking Technology Vision 2018
Retail banking is witnessing a revolutionary moment in China. With over 1.5 billion active users, Alipay™ and WeChat are reshaping the payments landscape with a deluge of innovations that are making both cash and traditional card payments anachronistic in some cities. While mobile payments languish in the low single digit percentage in the U.S.,...
The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2018
This report reveals for the first time the magnitude of the gender gap in mobile internet use across low- and middle-income countries, as well as highlighting the persistent gender disparity in mobile ownership and the barriers to ownership and use. Findings from this report are based on the results of over 25,000 face-to-face surveys commissioned...
Case Study: Digicel Mobile Money (MonCash), Haiti
Mobile money first took root in Haiti as a way of distruting grant payments to victims of the 2010 earthquake. For years it made little headway, until 2016. Since then it has seen a surge in use. Why? A CGAP case study looks at how one mobile money provider's focus on customers' needs - and on empowering customers - has driven strong uptake and...