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As part of the 2019 Rural and Agricultural Finance State of the Sector series, this outcome area deep dive provides a new way of thinking about the global women’s economic empowerment challenge through a pathways lens.
This report form ISF Advisors and the Mastercard Foundation's Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab summarizes the latest data on the size and scope of the global rural agricultural finance market, finding a significant gap between supply and demand of financial services.
This publication provides insights into the financial decision-making behaviors of youth at the client, market segmentation, and institutional levels and shows how these behaviors can inform the design of financial and education support services.
CARE’s Pathways program is based on the conviction that women farmers possess enormous potential to contribute to long-term food security for their families and substantially impact nutritional outcomes in sustainable ways.
This case reflects on key lessons for networks currently supporting SPM integration amongst their membership, and those interested in doing so in the future. Beyond this, the case describes key insights of relevance to the industry-at-large.
This report presents key findings and recommendations from market research conducted by 18 financial service providers (FSPs) across 9 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) that participated in Phase I of YouthStart.
To assist other FSPs considering an introduction (or improvement) of youth-focused services, this paper synthesizes key recommendations, best practices and lessons learned from the ten FSPs that YouthStart supported during their pilot tests.
This case study focuses on the process MicroLoan has undergone in Malawi to improve its outreach to poorer women and effect institutional change to achieve its social aims and meet the needs of the vulnerable clients it works with.
The microfinance industry needs to adjust to rapid changes in its markets if it is to retain its relevance. The report ranks the risk perceptions of more than 350 practitioners and close observers of the microfinance sector in 79 countries.
This paper explores how Safaricom, the mobile operator that commercializes M-PESA, managed to create enough traction with both customers and retail stores, building trust and overcoming the adverse network effects that afflict new payments systems.
This investigation concerned the use of the Premium loan, Pro Mujer Peru’s (PMP) largest credit ever offered. The most common motivation for seeking the Premium loan was that clients simply wanted more capital for their businesses.
Microfinance Opportunities undertook a project to explore the extent to which Opportunity International Bank of Malawi (OIBM) added value through the introduction of a mobile “bank-on-wheels” serving rural locations in Central Malawi.
Microfinance Opportunities (MFO) undertook research in February 2011 to understand the financial value of a health microinsurance product known as the HMF (health mutual fund) offered by the Uplift India Association (Uplift).