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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The changes involved when a financial institution ‘goes digital’ touches all levels of...

Analysis: Building Inclusive Payment Ecosystems in Tanzania and Ghana published by CGAP, offers insight into how Digital Financial Services (DFS) transformed the financial services ecosystem in Tanzania and Ghana.
Analysis: The Digitizing Agricultural Payments publication, jointly published by CGAP and the United Nations Capital Development Fund, highlights how The United Nations Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P) and Kyagalanyi Coffee Limited (KCL) created a system to digitize payments to KCL’s 6,000 certified farmers, in Uganda.
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International Finance Corporation (IFC) supports institutions seeking to develop digital financial services (DFS)...

Smallholder finance
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In 2016, the Mastercard Foundation and IFC’s Partnership for Financial Inclusion Program jointly...

Going far, together
Analysis: In this short focus note, RAF Learning Lab partner, Mercy Corps Agrifin Accelerate (AFA) Program, collaborated with the Mediae Company by providing a financial education mentor and developing a Web-based budgeting tool to accompany the reality TV show called Don’t Lose the Plot as part of a strategy to engage young people in farming as a business, leveraging digital tools and services.
Musoni aerial imagery
Media: In this seven-minute video, the Lab digs deep into business model sustainability by following the Musoni Kenya team to understand how going digital can help achieve scale and drive profitability.
BTCA
Report: This October 2017 Better Than Cash Alliance report examines how shifting to digital payments can provide powerful solutions to help countries improve agricultural productivity and ensure food security, bringing higher incomes and greater financial inclusion.
Smallholder finance
Analysis: Part 6 of the Pulse series highlights early learnings around the smallholder finance enabling environment and makes recommendations for future research.
Juhudi Kilimo
Media: As part of a Learning Lab Webinar series to highlight and showcase the work of our partners, on July 20, 2017 we hosted a webinar with Entrepreneurial Finance Lab (EFL) and Juhudi Kilimo – a Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity Winner – focused on the use of psychometrics for smallholder credit scoring. This blog includes webinar materials such as the presentation, recording, and responses to any questions that we were unable to answer during the webinar due to limited time.
TA Pulse
Analysis: Part 4 of ISF's and RAF Learning Lab's Pulse series draws insights from the evolving Technical Assistance (TA) landscape in agricultural finance.

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.