Digital Financial Services

Financial solutions delivered over mobile and digital channels, typically enabling greater reach than traditional banking channels.  Services may include transactional or payments solutions that enhance client productivity or purchasing power.

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Spotlight: New guest blog from Farming First uses two case studies from their recently released climate smart video and case study series to explain how climate smart agriculture practices enable smallholders to more effectively and reliably use finance for agriculture production.
Report: IIF and CFI Accion’s recently published report, “The Business of Financial Inclusion: Insights from Banks in Emerging Markets” digs into commercial banks and the role of digital technology in the emerging market, a concept the Lab is currently looking into for the RAF space.
Analysis: The Learning Lab analyzes applications from the first Scaling Competition of The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity. Findings confirm key trends from the first Innovation Challenge and identify new trends around bundled service offerings and digital solutions.
Tool: USAID mSTAR's recently published Guide, offers a road map for the use of digital finance services in agriculture to improve the value chain and increase farmer income.
Report: AFR explores FinScope's 2016 survey in their latest report on financial inclusion in Rwanda.
News: Opportunity International enters into a groundbreaking agreement with fintech company MyBucks Group to better serve customers throughout Africa.
Report: This white paper from Mercy Corps' AgriFin Accelerate program explores the major findings of a 2015 ecosystem study of digital financial and non-financial services for smallholders in Kenya.
Report: The 2015 international FGDA conference, "Improving Financial Inclusion of Smallholder Farmers”, brought together industry experts from MFIs and agricultural finance providers to exchange ideas and share best practices to close the financing gap for smallholder farmers.
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Analysis: The Learning Lab analyzes the applications from the first innovation competition of The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity. The innovation landscape that emerges is promising.
News: The Learning Lab and Dalberg Research are excited to begin building a database of existing financial solutions for smallholder famers that will help use better understand the rural and agricultural landscape.
Community: Mercy Corps Agri-Fin Mobile program presents a "bundled" technology option to help smallholders overcome common obstacles to mobile technology.
Media: A number of new technologies have emerged to help investors with data collection, which is an integral factor in assessing risk and understanding how to provide for smallholder agricultural markets.

Digital Financial Services

Financial solutions delivered over mobile and digital channels, typically enabling greater reach than traditional banking channels.  Services may include transactional or payments solutions that enhance client productivity or purchasing power.