Week of May 4, 2015

1. Financial Inclusion: This week, InterMedia released the results of its research on digital financial inclusion within eight of the poorest countries across Africa and Asia, focusing on gender divides, customer engagement, and financial behaviors. Financial Inclusion Insights

2. Mobile Money: Data from 2014 reports 13.4 million registered bKash accounts in Bangladesh...but only 5.1 unique users.  A deeper look at agent and user behavior begins to explain this 8 million user gapWorld Economic Forum 

3. Gender and Development:  "Not to empower these missing men is to condemn the poor woman in their lives to have to do absolutely everything for their families, from making all the money to changing all the diapers. Is that right or fair?" CFI

4. Credit: According to a new report, 1 in 10 adults in the US (or about 26 million individuals) are “credit invisible,” meaning they do not have a credit history (or have insufficient information to receive a score) with any of the 3 nationwide credit reporting companies.  CFPB

5. Bitcoin: There are many theories that predict Bitcoin's downfall but Felix Salmon thinks the digital currency community's lack of gender diversity is the most probable. Fusion

Source: The World Bank

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