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Financial Inclusion

Poor people save, borrow, and make payments throughout their lives. But to use these services to their full potential—to protect their families and improve their lives—they need well-suited products delivered responsibly. Bringing this about requires attention to human and institutional issues, such as quality of access, affordability of products, provider sustainability, and outreach to the most excluded populations. Financial inclusion is a state in which all people who can use them have access to a full suite of quality financial services, provided at affordable prices, in a convenient manner, and with dignity for the clients. Financial services are delivered by a range of providers, most of them private, and reach everyone who can use them, including disabled, poor, and rural populations.

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This review presents a synthesis of the literature on the impact of community-based microfinance approaches on the well-being of vulnerable children and youth, with a specific focus on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). It aims to collect, organize, and assess evidence for economic...
For women, and low-income women in particular, savings accounts can be a game-changer by allowing them to build more financial security for themselves and their families, to grow their businesses, and to cope with emergencies. However, low-income women often face barriers to accessing a safe place...
Globally there are approximately 500 million smallholder households - around 2 billion people - who rely on small-scale agriculture for their livelihoods. These households, who make up a large portion of the world's poor living on less than $2 per day, typically cultivate less than five acres of...
This workshop focused on the process of adopting mobile money by USAID IPs. Jeff deGraffenried, Activity Manager for mSTAR at USAID/Bangladesh and M Ataur Rahman, mSTAR/Bangladesh Project Team Lead, gave an overview of mSTAR project and its key components. Jaheed Parvez, mSTAR/Bangladesh Technical...
This workshop focused on the process of adopting MM by USAID IPs. Jeff deGraffenried, Activity Manager for mSTAR at USAID/Bangladesh and M Ataur Rahman, mSTAR/Bangladesh Project Team Lead, gave an overview of mSTAR project and its key components. Jaheed Parvez, mSTAR/Bangladesh Technical Lead, then...