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Blog / August 22, 2014

The FAIV: Week of August 18, 2014

1. Savings: Will increased access to formal savings accounts in India translate to greater financial inclusion? Live Mint 2. Remittances:  FAI's Timothy Ogden spoke with The New York...

Blog / August 22, 2014

Meet the Bangladesh Project Team

I write this from Dhaka, where I am visiting for the second time to help get our mobile banking impact evaluation in motion.  I am not here alone, however, and I wanted to devote this post to...

Blog / August 18, 2014

Migration, Remittances, Income, The World Bank...and Legos

We write a good deal about remittances because they are a big part of the financial lives of many poor households—on the sending and receiving end. Remittances receive a lot of attention in...

Blog / August 15, 2014

The FAIV: Week of August 11, 2014

1. Cash Transfers: Conditional cash transfers in the US encounter ridicule and skepticism, but this "foreign import" for the war on poverty has promise. Politico 2. Payday Lending:...

Blog / August 13, 2014

A Hard Look at Soft Commitments

In an interview with FAI, economist Jenny Aker explained that effective commitment savings products are those that balance flexibility and restrictions: “If you give someone a savings product...