Financial inclusion

‘Financial inclusion’ is one of the buzzwords in the development circle that always finds mention. It is considered a critical component in the process of economic development. Among its many touted benefits is its potential to reduce poverty by giving the poor access to financial services. In fact, there is a concerted effort to make access to banking and financial services a basic right.

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Interview with Nkosi Ncube

Nkosi was interviewed by Access to Finance Rwanda for the Data Hack FI.

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i2i launches the DataHacks4Fi competition series

i2i has partnered with local stakeholders across Africa to run a series of competitions that seek to advance collaboration between young innovative minds in Africa and financial sector players. The initiative aims to promote and demonstrate the use and analysis of data to FSPs, which will ultimately serve financially excluded individuals through innovative data analytics.

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Financial inclusion: 'Measuring mere account ownership sets off the wrong race'

BR Research recently sat down in Islamabad with a team of researchers from the insight2impact (i2i) facility who were on a visit to Pakistan earlier this month.

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i2i portal service provider announced

The insight2impact (i2i) portal recently appointed the science and technology company, Vizzuality, as their service provider for the next 12 months. The team consists of engineers, designers, strategists and scientists, who will be working with our portal manager, Michael dos Santos, to design and develop a Rubi on trials application for the upcoming i2i portal.

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Conference round-up

David Saunders (knowledge manager) interviews Herman Smit (technical director) on his experiences and involvement in the MasterCard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion.

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Webinar - Optimising the analytical power of GIS data for Financial Inclusion.

This is the fourth in a series of gis4FI Community webinars, which showcases the analytical power of overlaying geospatial data with other data sources, such as Call Records Data (CRD), nationally representative demand-side data (e.g. FinScope, Financial Inclusion Insights), agent data (Helix’s Agent Network Accelerator Survey) and financial service provider transaction data.

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The first i2i Advisory Panel meeting took place in New York on 29 August 2016.

At this first meeting, we asked members’ advice on two areas: i2i’s overarching strategy and the specific work of the Measurement team. On both fronts, there was a keen awareness of existing initiatives and an agreement on the importance of building on – and where possible building together with – existing initiatives.

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i2i and KCB join forces to harness the power of data

Mobigro is a mobile-based banking system that enables farmers to access credit, training, and connections in the agricultural value chain.  The plan now is to scale up this project.

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Client Insights Focus Note

Client Insights Focus Note, which covers the increasing adoption by the private sector of alternative data sources and analytical methodologies for financial service provision.

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Interview with Celina Lee

Herman Smit (Founder and Advisor) Interviews the new i2i lead, Celina Lee.

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MasterCard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion

i2i is attending The MasterCard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion, taking place in Cape Town on 19-20 November 2015. Follow the discussion on Twitter: #SoFI2015