September 9, 2013
In this week’s New and Noteworthy, mobile money is inspiring innovations in Kenya and new research points to the link between poverty and how the brain works.
September 6, 2013
FAI Managing Director Timothy Ogden and Harvard Business School Associate Professor Nava Ashraf discuss her commitment savings research. They also talk about what we currently know about commitment savings and why it works.
September 4, 2013
In this edition of New and Noteworthy, we are highlighting the predictive power of economics, regulatory action around Bitcoin, and the intersection of privacy, technology and “mobile for development” programs.
August 26, 2013
On a special Monday edition of New and Noteworthy, we find some new insights into debates we’ve covered at FAI in the past – the ethics of RCTs, the pros and cons of social impact bonds, the hype of cash transfer programs, and using behavioral economics to inform policy.
August 20, 2013
Clearly, poor households would benefit from access to formal insurance. But why is it so hard to get it to them? One reason is what economists call "adverse selection." Watch the video.
August 16, 2013
This week’s new and noteworthy includes new perspectives on ongoing debates, including the US’ Social Security system, Social Impact Bonds, and the intersection of behavioral economics and policy.
August 15, 2013
Clearly, poor households would benefit from access to formal insurance. But why is it so hard to get it to them? One reason is what economists call "moral hazard." Learn more by watching the video. FAI 101 is a series of brief video explanations of key concepts and ideas in financial access. Tell us what you think of this video and what other ideas you'd like to see tackled by commenting on this post.
August 14, 2013
Financial services are a key tool for improving the lives of poor households. But we still know far too little about how to make finance work best for those who need it most. In delving deeper into the issues and challenges of microfinance, we’ve produced two briefing notes – one focused on Payments and the other on Savings.
August 9, 2013
This week’s "New and Noteworthy" includes several stories on the intersection of banking and technology. Emerging trends show more people relying on digital platforms for financial services, including sending money home. While technology has the potential to reach the unbanked, CGAP reminds us not to forget social inclusion as we work toward this goal.