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Blog / August 1, 2014

The FAIV: Week of July 28, 2014

1. Language of Money: The nuances of financial jargon provide clarity in conversation, but exclude many. The New Yorker   2....

Blog / July 30, 2014

In Mexico, Naïve Consumers Get Bad Loan Information

A recently released World Bank Policy Research Working Paper presents results of an audit study of Mexican banks, investigating whether bank employees hide the lowest cost options from potential...

Blog / July 25, 2014

The FAIV: Week of July 21, 2014

1. Microcredit: Easing liquidity constraints of smallholder farmers during the hungry season may help break the cycle of inadequate crop yields and low-wage off-labor farm work by helping to smooth...

Blog / July 24, 2014

Bringing Financial Services to Illiterate Populations

Recent work from CGAP and Continuum Innovation in Pakistan calls extreme illiteracy a “hidden hurdle” to financial inclusion. When people are unable to read or understand digital...

Blog / July 22, 2014

When Financial Awareness doesn’t lead to Financial Access

What does financial access look like? I like to think of it as a non-prescriptive goal in two parts. First, high-quality, affordable financial services are available. Second, people are aware of the...