Practical Insights on Digital Financial Services

We Need a GSMA for Banks to Make Mobile Money Available Everywhere

We Need a GSMA for Banks to Make Mobile Money Available Everywhere

Published on: Jul 05 2018 by Catholic Relief Services - 1 Comment
Mobile money for the poorest, and particularly savings groups, has a long way to go and one of the largest obstacles are traditional banks.  Savings groups give...
What is Our Role in Protecting Farmer Data Privacy and Security?

What is Our Role in Protecting Farmer Data Privacy and Security?

Published on: May 30 2018 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on What is Our Role in Protecting Farmer Data Privacy and Security?
In value chains with high levels of competition, agribusiness field agents and other buyers often collect a wide range of information on farmers. For example, new...
Wow! Mobile Money Transactions Are Now Larger Than Kenya’s GDP

Wow! Mobile Money Transactions Are Now Larger Than Kenya’s GDP

Published on: May 16 2018 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
For years, we’ve heard how the value of M-PESA mobile money transactions are a rising percentage of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product. In 2010 we reported...
Two New USAID Toolkits: How to Use Digital Tools in Agricultural Programs

Two New USAID Toolkits: How to Use Digital Tools in Agricultural Programs

Published on: Apr 11 2018 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Digital technology has enormous potential to improve food security in Feed the Future countries and around the world. There are four broad categories of digital...
Four Lessons Learned in Piloting Mobile Money for Paying 8 Million Work Days

Four Lessons Learned in Piloting Mobile Money for Paying 8 Million Work Days

Published on: Dec 11 2017 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Four Lessons Learned in Piloting Mobile Money for Paying 8 Million Work Days
From 2013 to 2016, I worked on a pilot to pay 8 million of work days in two districts in India through mobile money. The Government of Odisha in India decided to...
Digital Literacy Skills – Your Weekend Long Reads

Digital Literacy Skills – Your Weekend Long Reads

Published on: Nov 11 2017 by Steve Vosloo - Comments Off on Digital Literacy Skills – Your Weekend Long Reads
Starting today, we’re experimenting with a roundup of the best links for your long-form reading pleasure over the weekend. Please let us know what you think...
The State of Digital Financial Services in Zambia

The State of Digital Financial Services in Zambia

Published on: Sep 06 2017 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on The State of Digital Financial Services in Zambia
I have had the privilege of working with UNCDF for almost two years as the Regional Technical Specialist for one of its seminal programmes, MM4P. In Zambia, UNCDF...
The Massive Myanmar Opportunity for Digital Financial Services

The Massive Myanmar Opportunity for Digital Financial Services

Published on: May 22 2017 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on The Massive Myanmar Opportunity for Digital Financial Services
Myanmar is experiencing one of the world’s fastest adoption of mobile phones. Three years ago, less than 10% of the population had access to ma mobile phone....
Reducing Risk and Increasing Agricultural Loans with Mobile Money in Ghana

Reducing Risk and Increasing Agricultural Loans with Mobile Money in Ghana

Published on: Apr 17 2017 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Reducing Risk and Increasing Agricultural Loans with Mobile Money in Ghana
Like in many developing countries, agriculture is the mainstay of the Ghanaian economy. 62 percent of Ghanaians are employed in the sector, says Doris Amponsaa...
Please Register Now: ICTforAg 2017 – New Technology for Smallholder Farmers

Please Register Now: ICTforAg 2017 – New Technology for Smallholder Farmers

Published on: Mar 27 2017 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Please sign up to present or register to attend ICTforAg 2017 on June 23rd, at FHI 360 in Washington, DC This one-day conference will build on ICTforAg 2015 and...