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How Fintechs Are Demystifying The Idea That It Is Hard To Lend To MSMEs
Jessica Alfaro, a Financial Sector Specialist at the SME Finance Forum, was the introductory speaker on the Corporate and Commercial panel at the Accenture Fintech Forum “What is Really Working” on May 13. This event was part of the FinTechStage Festival 2019 taking place over five days in Milan, Italy. Alfaro was joined on the panel by speakers...
Mastercard VP Shares How Partnering with Strands is Helping SMEs with Cash Flow Management
Jay Singer is Senior Vice President, Global Small Business Segment at Mastercard. In this role, he leads the global development and commercialization of the Mastercard innovative commercial products and solutions that serve small businesses. In an article, Singer speaks of how poor cash flow management is one of the top reasons small businesses...
Doing Business While Doing Good: CEOs Partner to Boost Inclusion
Eric Duflos, Director of the Office of the UNSGSA, wrote a blog titled "Doing Business While Doing Good: CEOs Partner to Boost Inclusion." Last month in Davos, at the invitation of Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), the leaders of ten leading global companies...
Digital Credit Helping to Put Kids in Classrooms in Cote d'Ivoire
By leveraging partnerships with farmers’ cooperatives and telecom operator MTN, in a recent pilot Advans Cote d’Ivoire achieved 100 percent on-time repayment and notably increased school attendance among borrowers’ children. This innovative work with cocoa farmers earned Advans Cote d’Ivoire the 2018 European Microfinance Award for inclusive...
Cybersecurity for Mobile Financial Services: A Growing Problem
Mobile phones are helping millions of low-income customers to access financial services for the first time, but they are also exposing them to new cyber threats they could never have imagined. The Serianu 2017 Africa Cyber Security Report estimates that cybercrime in mobile-based transactions costs businesses $140 million per year in Africa. Why...
Blockchain’s Influence on the Insurance Industry
Medici examines the potential blockchain can have on the insurance industry. According to the article, blockchain is the answer to various stress-points throughout the insurance value chain. Areas where blockchain applications are being developed include: claims management and verification, new product and platform development, and record keeping...
How SMEs Can Win The Battle For Positive Cash Flow
SME expert and Forbes contributor Elaine Polfeldt provides tips and tools to help SMEs beat the odds of financial downfall within the first and fifth year of business. Polfedt, says making a financial plan in advance to prevent unfavorable results is key. She mentions utilizing financial software tools such as, Quickbooks, PayPie and Xero (a SME...
Predicting Payment Behavior in PAYGo
With over one million units sold in the last five years and over 50,000 units installed each month, the PAYGo model makes solar affordable for end-users and provides sufficient margin for providers to scale last-mile distribution. However, for the model to succeed PAYGo operators must retain customers and build a base of loyal and engaged...
Member News: Industry Partner GBA for Women Features Diamond Bank's Digital Innovation
Industry Partner GBA for Women says that digital solutions for product distribution are rapidly increasing banks’ ability to reach the unbanked – a segment disproportionately made up of women. During the recent All-Stars Academy in South Africa, GBA heard from two of its members who are making huge strides in this area: Diamond Bank of Nigeria -...
Mobile Money Offers Africans a Financial Future
For years, traditional banks shied away from serving many Africans because of the costs of physical branch expansion and the risks associated with serving low-income people. Small entrepreneurs found it particularly hard to access credit as they often lack the required collateral or credit history. But the launch and growth of digital financial...