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Blog / November 14, 2014

The FAIV: Week of November 10, 2014

1. Mobile Money: Ignacio Mas thinks allowing independent cash in/cash out agents would be a huge boost to mobile money. Would loosening regulations spur mobile money take-up and innovation? ...

Blog / November 11, 2014

The Wisdom of the Group - FAI's Newest Briefing Note on Savings Groups, Research, and Product Design

Budgeting can be a daunting task for the poor. Poor families must stretch low, often-volatile income to meet basic consumption needs, and handle un­foreseen expenses. Despite these challeng­...

Blog / November 7, 2014

The FAIV: Week of November 3, 2014

  1. Business Training:  Previous evaluations show the effectiveness of business training programs is mixed at best.  But a new paper finds (as with most things in life) it helps to...

Blog / November 7, 2014

2014 DRI Conference to Explore Cities and Development on November 18

The success and failure of cities reveal powerful development forces which are hard to see on a national scale. Ideology, policy, risk, and the spread of people, goods and ideas operate in...

Blog / November 6, 2014

Thriving but Still Vulnerable in the U.S.

The latest household profile from the U.S. Financial Diaries project presents the story of Mateo Valencia, 31, and Lucia Benitez, 30.  Mateo and Lucia are an unmarried couple currently living...