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Blog / November 21, 2014

The FAIV: Week of November 17, 2014

1. E-Payments: Electronic vouchers and mobile money may be a fast, cheap way to transfer funds in some parts of the developing world but when digital infrastructure is weak (like in the DRC), old...

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...