December 6, 2013
What was new and noteworthy this week seems to be cash transfer news (or maybe debate fodder is more accurate). In addition, New York released a new report on immigrants and financial services and bloggers go head-to-head on the value of microbanks.
November 26, 2013
In this special Holiday (at least in the US) edition of New and Noteworthy, we take a look at the global status of bitcoin, analyze the gender gap in financial inclusion, and observe the intersection of the American military and the payday loan industry.
November 25, 2013
At a recent Microfinance Club of New York event with Michael Joseph, the former CEO of Safaricom in Kenya and now the Director of Mobile Money for Vodafone, Joseph cited regulatory barriers as the principal reason that mobile money has not taken off in India, the largest market in the world and his current project.
November 22, 2013
This week’s edition of New and Noteworthy highlights some innovative approaches to financial inclusion –a banking van, a new iPad app, and a new approach to delivering subsidies.
November 20, 2013
Most of NYU’s development economists are on leave this year (Raquel, Debraj, and Hunt: your colleagues miss you). The regular doctoral sequence and development seminar are on hold for the year. Students walk the halls unsure who to ask about the right way to parameterize intra-village treatment heterogeneity when doing power calculations. Bill Easterly and Yaw Nyarko are holding the fort, though, and they pulled off a standing-room-only annual Development Research Institute conference on Friday, November 15.
November 13, 2013
A few weeks ago, we asked our readers to submit nominations for the people who are most influential when it comes to ideas about financial services for poor communities. We’ve had quite a bit of response and so far have generated the follow list of nominees:
November 11, 2013
Last week was a big one for those hoping to reach “full financial inclusion” by 2020. The President of the World Bank has signed on to the cause, and the Center for Financial Inclusion just rallied the troops in London at the Financial Inclusion 2020 Global Forum.
November 8, 2013
This week’s New and Noteworthy highlights new research and findings on ways to encourage savings, measures of poverty in America, and a discussion of financial capability.