External Publications

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European Microfinance Award 2018: Financial Inclusion Through Technology Brochure

Read how the winner and finalists of the European Microfinance Award 2018 on Financial Inclusion through Technology have creatively used technology to improve the quality and efficiency of their services. This new brochure presents the background on the Award, outlines the selection process, the Award ceremony and showcases the Award winner (Advans Côte d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast) and the two finalists: KMF, Kazakhstan, the MFC ...

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Financial Inclusion Compass 2018: e-MFP Survey of Financial Inclusion Trends

The European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) has launched the Financial Inclusion Compass 2018 – its new paper on emerging short, medium and long-term trends in the financial inclusion sector, based on a survey of e-MFP members and key industry stakeholders. The Compass was conceived to be a way to leverage e-MFP’s multi-stakeholder membership and position in the inclusive finance community, while ...

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How Financial Institutions and Fintechs Are Partnering for Inclusion: Lessons from the Frontlines

Contrary to the popular narrative, financial institutions view fintechs as partners in innovation, not threats to their core business. By offering better, less expensive, and more innovative products, financial institutions can assert their continued relevance as customer-facing institutions with help from fintech partnerships. Publisher: The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI) Authors: Sonja E. Kelly, Allyse McGrath, Dennis Ferenzy Year: 2017 Download “How ...

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Financial Inclusion in the Digital Age

Many households and small businesses in emerging markets have no or very limited access to formal financial services. Even in developed countries, they only have access to a limited menu of cost-effective products from financial institutions for addressing their financial needs. Over two billion unbanked adults in the world, representing 38 percent of all adults globally, lack access to basic ...

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EIF Working Papers 2018/46-47: EIF SME Access to Finance Index and European Small Business Finance Outlook

EIF Working Paper 2018/47 – EIF SME Access to Finance Index This Working Paper outlines the methodology underlying the new EIF SME Access to Finance (ESAF) Index, which aims oat monitoring developments in SMEs’ access to financial resources in the EU. The index, which is newly developed and will be periodically updated, fills a gap since such an approach did ...

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Toward a Financial Health Tool for Consumers: Test Results Summary

  The Microfinance Centre and Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion are working together to build a financial health tool to assist customers with gauging and improving their financial health, and to assist financial institutions to help them do so as well. During the first phase of the project MFC developed simple financial health quiz, helping people find out how financially healthy their ...

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International Funding for Financial Inclusion: Key Trends and Development by CGAP

  The 2017 edition of CGAP’s annual Cross-Border Funder Survey reports has been released. Funder commitments to financial inclusion reached a historic high of US$37 billion in 2016. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECA), which traditionally has been the top-funded region, funding has experienced a decline for the second year in a row. The average commitment in ECA per project ...

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External Publications 2015-2017

The 2016-17 State of Housing Microfinance: Understanding the Business Case for Housing Microfinance The 2016-17 State of Housing Microfinance, based upon a survey of 101 housing microfinance practitioners, is composed of insights and findings regarding practitioners’ perceptions of the challenges and opportunities facing housing microfinance, successful implementation strategies, and the performance of housing microfinance portfolios. Using a simple framework to analyze these responses ...

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