Access to Finance Documents

01.11.2017 | P. Ducret & M. Scolan | AFD

This book is the first volume that describes and deciphers the extraordinary changes that have affected green finance over the last two years following COP21. For a long time, many financial players considered that climate finance was a business for...

24.10.2017 | M. Niforos, V. Ramachandran & T. Rehermann | International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Blockchain is an emerging technology that offers the possibility of re-engineering economic models and enabling the creation of markets and products that were previously unavailable or unprofitable across emerging markets. This report is intended to...

02.10.2017 | R. Amoah, R. Bansal, A. Kasebele & Ariadne Plaitakis | The Better Than Cash Alliance

This report by UN-based Better Than Cash Alliance, assesses Ghana’s progress to date, and sets out specific policy recommendations that can accelerate Ghana’s journey toward a more digital economy. The report draws on a fast-growing body of...

30.09.2017 | W. Cook & C. McKay | CGAP

When Safaricom’s mobile money service M-PESA launched in 2007, it immediately became popular and dramatically increased Kenyans’ access to financial services. Due in part to M-PESA’s success, financial inclusion among Kenyans grew from 27 percent in...

20.09.2017 | M. Blimpo, M. Minges, W. Kouamé, T. Azomahou, E. Lartey and al. | World Bank

The purpose of this book is to explore ways to catalyze a new generation of investment opportunities in Africa that leverage the ability of many countries to leapfrog into the future. The book was born from the view that gradualism and...

31.08.2017 | E. Totolo, F. Gwer and J. Odero | FSD Kenya

This report outlines the findings from a two-year study to understand the costs of banking services in Kenya. Two rounds of mystery shopping surveys were completed in 2015 and 2016 to build a database and measure the costs for basic bundles of...

31.08.2017 | R. Mazer & K. McKee | CGAP

Digitally delivered credit is quickly expanding in emerging markets. “Digital credit” refers to credit products—including digital payments products such as mobile money—that are delivered fully via digital channels, such as mobile phones and the...

31.08.2017 | T. Philippon | Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

This paper assesses the potential impact of FinTech on the finance industry. The author documents first that financial services remain surprisingly expensive, which explains the emergence of new entrants. He then argues that the current regulatory...

31.07.2017 | S. Kelly, D. Ferenzy & A. McGrath | CFI, IIF

This report is part of a two-year initiative, Mainstreaming Financial Inclusion: Best Practices, that aims to help advance efforts of financial institutions to reach customers at the base of the economic pyramid. It is the first of six reports in...