Publications

Research: Micro-entrepreneurs in the Platform Era

This research, by The Mastercard Foundation Partnership for Finance in a Digital Africa, collected information from 27 micro-entrepreneurs in Kenya about how they use platforms (from social media sites to ecommerce marketplaces and online freelancing websites) in their day-to-day business.

Publications

Publications

Beyond Fintech: A Pragmatic Assessment of Disruptive Potential in Financial Services
This report from the World Economic Forum and Deloitte studies the transformative role of fintech and other disruptive forces on the financial services industry. This is the third report Deloitte and the Forum have developed on this topic. The report uncovers eight disruptive forces that have the potential to shift the competitive landscape of the...
2019 Amazon SMB Impact Report
In total, there are more than 1.9 million businesses, content creators, and developers in the U.S. using Amazon products and services to follow their dreams and reach customers. This second annual Amazon SMB Impact Report takes a deeper look at how small businesses are benefiting from Amazon’s tools and services. The results are striking: SMBs...
Acquisition and Engagement Strategies to Reach Women with Digital Financial Services
Since 2014, in order to better serve low-income women in Sub-Saharan Africa with financial products, Women’s World Banking and Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSDA), an initiative funded by the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID), have partnered to build the capacity of leading financial institutions in Nigeria, Tanzania and...
The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2019
It is important for all stakeholders to take action to deliver the significant benefits of mobile and the internet to women, their families, communities and the economy. Mobile can help empower women, making them more connected, safe and able to access information and services. Closing the mobile gender gap also represents a significant commercial...
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...
 2017 Trends in International Funding for Financial Inclusion
This brief covers the highlights from the 2017 CGAP Funder Survey, which reports funding commitments from 54 international funders, both public and private, as of the end of 2017. One of the key takeaways from the latest CGAP Funder Survey is that international funders committed US $42 billion to financial inclusion in 2017—a double-digit...
dawn of digital finance
While other countries have developed extensive agent networks, and complex partnerships to support DFS ecosystems - Lao PDR remains a greenfield and untouched environment for digital financial services. No agents, no services and no customers using DFS in the country of 6.8 million people. This multimedia case study is intended to showcase the...
Global Lending And Payments Market Research Report Forecast: 2026
The report summarizes the global Lending and Payments markets and examines key economic and microeconomic factors that hamper market growth. The report also predicts the size and value of the global market in the near future. The report presents a thorough analysis of the market's past and present conditions and presents the market in the next few...
Report: Pioneering Cashless Microfinance in Bangladesh
As part of the OPTIX project, funded by MetLife Foundation and run by BFA, SAJIDA in early 2017 started exploring options to improve operational efficiency and better serve its members. SAJIDA identified mobile money (MM) as a significant opportunity to cut costs and improve the customer experience thanks to ease of collecting loan payments and...
SME Finance and Development in the Age of Digitalization
ADFIMI International Development Forum was held in Istanbul, Turkey, on September 11-12, with the theme “SME Finance & Development in the Age of Digitalization." In the context of the international development agenda, promoting SME development globally considered an important priority. However, access to finance remains a key constraint to SME...