Week of June 8, 2015

1. Financial Inclusion: A comprehensive synthesis of various financial inclusion indicators reports large strides in achieving the goal of universal access by 2020. But what will be the next set of challenges to developing quality products for harder-to-reach populations? CFI

2. Debt: After filing for personal bankruptcy, San Francisco-based photographer Brittney Powell interviewed and photographed over fifty people for her ongoing series “The Debt Project,” which chronicles the struggles of ordinary Americans with large debt burdens. Slate

3. Poverty Alleviation: Due to the shifting and relative nature of poverty thresholds, does the quest to end extreme poverty still have meaning? Bloomberg

4. Mobile Money: Last December, Ecuador launched the first state-run electronic payments system, aimed at resolving the issue of interoperability among mobile money providers. Will the new model spark a payments revolution or will lingering security questions and low registration prevent widespread adoption? NextBillion

5. Historical Economics: In the past 10-15 years, the study of African economic history has been experiencing a renaissance as scholars are using econometrics and archival sources to explain the long-term economic development of Africa’s diverse societies, moving beyond the simplistic characterization of a "Dark Continent." Quartz

Source: The Guardian

To learn more about American households need savings for, and how much they are really saving, check out the newly published USFD Issue Briefs on Emergency Savings and Savings Horizons.  

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