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Newsletter Issue No. 26

Dear Readers, As we take stock of the events that have taken place this year, we are proud to usher in a new phase of KMP. KMP phase 3 will be commencing in January 2013 with the sole aim of expanding and deepening what we have been doing since 2003 when the programme was launched. […]

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Informal Firms and Financial Inclusion: Status and Determinants

Authors/Editors: Subika Farazi Abstract: Many firms in the developing world?including a majority of micro, small, and medium enterprises?operate in the informal economy. The informal firms face a variety of constraints, making it harder for them to do business and grow. Lack of access to finance is often cited as the biggest operational constraint these firms […]

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Webinar| How to Design, Test, and Market a Credit Card for Farmers: Lessons from Turkey

Date:?Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Event Type:?Webinars Location:?Online Country:?Turkey Event Description: Credit cards are valuable financial products for both consumers and financial institutions. Recently, Yapi Kredi, a commercial bank in Turkey, rolled out a new credit card to meet the growing needs of farmers in their market. Join this webinar to listen to ?mer Demirhan, the […]

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How to improve agent performance with incentives

Globally mobile money operations has relayed heavily on Mobile Money agents to extend their distribution network and reach. In June 2013, there were 886K mobile money agents. Despite the rapid growth rate, 48% of these agents were inactive. Looking at the data from the State of the Industry report, an agent should be performing at […]

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Kenya’s Sharia-Friendly Livestock Insurance

Wajir ? A mutual insurance scheme based on Islamic Sharia law has been launched to reduce the impact of extreme weather events on pastoral livelihoods in Kenya’s arid northern regions where perennial drought often decimates thousands of livestock. The Islamic Takaful insurance, which is gaining acceptance by livestock keepers keen to operate under the religion’s […]

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Multidimensional poverty assessment tool (MPAT)

An innovative new tool for assessing, understanding and addressing rural poverty The?Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool?(MPAT) provides data that can inform all levels of decision making by providing a clearer understanding of rural poverty at the household and village level. As a result, MPAT can significantly strengthen the planning, design, monitoring and evaluation of a project, […]

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Rwanda: BNR Upholds Lending Rate At 7 Percent to Spur Devt

The Central Bank has maintained its key repo rate at 7 per cent, saying the decision would support “expected economic growth recovery” by sustaining increasing credit flow to the private sector. The decision to keep the key repo rate (the rate at which the Central Banks lends to commercial banks) unchanged since June 2013, was […]

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Shifting from Cash to Electronic Payments: Insights from Four Low-Income Countries

This week, Jamie Zimmerman of Bankable Frontier Associates discusses key findings from four recent CGAP and Better than Cash Alliance case studies that examine the e-payment experience of cash transfer programs in low-income settings in Kenya, Uganda, Haiti and the Philippines. What was the purpose of the CGAP/BTCA case studies on e-payments to the poor? […]

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Introducing a Catalogue of Product Functionalities and Innovations in Mobile Money

Much of the dialogue around mobile money is shifting from how to build a basic mobile money proposition (regulatory enablement, industry partnerships, cash merchant networks, technology choices) to how to transition to an e-payment ecosystem, whereby funds are born and used digitally. New product development in mobile money is central to this much-awaited transition.

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