Week of September 29, 2014

1. Savings:  How do you build credit without a bank account?  One strategy is linking savings group activity to credit bureaus and formalizing invisible financial activitythat already occurs in many households, including those in the U.S. Financial Diaries project. Vox

2. Financial Inclusion: What explains Latin America's financial inclusion gap? Poor-quality institutions, income inequality, and low educational achievements. Center for Global Development

3. Microcredit:  Smart Campaign responds to the recent debate on responsible pricing and self-regulation from the 17th Microcredit Summit in Mexico. NextBillion

4. Insurance:  Behavioral economics can provide insights for providers looking to increase insurance demand and defy the belief that "insurance is never bought, it is always sold." Microsave

5. Poverty in the US: Despite the fact that many low-income individuals qualify for both Medicaid and food stamps, there are significant gaps between eligibility and participation. Urban Institute

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