Publications

Our publications library offers a variety of insights such as briefs, white papers, and reports. Informed by our suite of services (e.g., Financial Diaries, qualitative research, strategic advisory, et al.), our experts develop these insights with the purpose of advancing a particular area of thinking within the sector.

 

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Blogs

BFA Global blogs provide fresh thoughts on topical themes within our Areas of Work, distill points from our major publications, and provide an opportunity for our experts to dive deeper into key aspects of our portfolio.

 

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Video + Podcasts

We make it a point to reflect on the impact we have made, and capture it via the lens and our voices. We have been able to produce some customer-centric videos and podcasts to capture their stories – see them here.

 

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Infographics

Our library of infographics translate BFA Global’s on-the-ground research into visual representations that can be utilized as resources for a variety of stakeholders. They capture a project or investigation’s background, methodology, and key insights in a concise and visually engaging format.

 

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Webinars + Presentations

We occasionally share our insights and latest thinking during in-person events in strategic locations. Other times, we are able to engage a larger audience by hosting and participating in various webinar series. Both formats are compiled here.

 

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How to go to market: 3 templates for fintech startups during product launch

Written by Thea Sokolowski, featuring templates by Jane del Ser   Existing networks of mobile agents can be a valuable asset for fintech startups in East Africa hoping to reach more customers faster and cheaper than traditional financial institutions. However, … Continue reading →

From one founder to another: Principles for good mentorship

From one founder to another: Principles for good mentorship   Written by Mike Quinn   I was in the startup trenches for over ten years building Zoona, one of Africa’s first and most successful fintechs. Since leaving a year ago, … Continue reading →

Catalyst Fund launches in Mexico in the middle of a “kodak moment”

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups creating solutions to improve the financial health of underserved communities and small businesses. Continue reading →

The DataStack blueprint: Closing data divides, enhancing financial sector supervision, and driving innovation through the open data commons

The DataStack blueprint: Closing data divides, enhancing financial sector supervision, and driving innovation through the open data commons   By Simone di Castri, Arend Kulenkampff, and Matt Grasser       The DataStack, introduced below and elaborated on in our … Continue reading →

Short-term fixes are not enough if SMEs are to survive COVID-19

Short-term fixes are not enough if SMEs are to survive COVID-19   By Coco Dong and Michelle Hassan As the economic effects of the lockdowns worldwide begin to solidify, businesses large and small are collapsing. While large businesses have debt … Continue reading →

Fintech en Mexico aun no ha cumplido con las expectativas de inclusión

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups creating solutions to improve the financial health of underserved communities and small businesses. Continue reading →

Predicting the propensity to succeed among Kenyan “Hustlers”

Originally posted on FSD Kenya website, March 23, 2020 Shujaaz Inc. is a Kenyan communications research and production company. Formerly called Well Told Story, the company is the producer of “Shujaaz,” an award-winning media platform that provides open spaces – including … Continue reading →

FinnSalud y el COVID-19: Cambio a modo emergencia

FinnSalud y el COVID-19: Cambio a modo emergencia     FinnSalud es uno de los proyectos más importantes de BFA Global, con financiamiento de MetLife Foundation y patrocinio fiscal de Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. El proyecto se lanzó el pasado noviembre … Continue reading →

Catalyst Fund lanza en México en medio de un “momento Kodak”

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups creating solutions to improve the financial health of underserved communities and small businesses. Continue reading →

The “DataStack”: A data and tech blueprint for financial supervision, innovation, and the Data Commons

Digital transformation of the financial sector has been driving financial inclusion and innovation . Better connectivity, cheaper mobile technology, new products, and improved customer experience are steadily closing gaps in technology adoption and financial access . However, a new “Big … Continue reading →

Webinar y presentación: Resiliencia Cooperativa en Tiempos de COVID-19

Sesión informativa y de presentación de alternativas para el sector cooperativo sobre cómo hacer frente a la contingencia provocada por el Covid-19, donde expertos de BFA Global presentarán: Posibles escenarios actuales y posteriores a la crisis Resultados de encuestas rápidas … Continue reading →

Innovation in Finance: how Spoon Money is improving livelihoods for South African female informal traders

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups creating solutions to improve the financial health of underserved communities and small businesses. Continue reading →

Innovation in Finance: how Abalobi is creating a thriving marketplace for South Africa’s fisher communities

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups creating solutions to improve the financial health of underserved communities and small businesses. Continue reading →

Innovation in Finance: Sokowatch and Turaco improve financial resilience for East Africa’s underserved

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups creating solutions to improve the financial health of underserved communities and small businesses. Continue reading →

Why the Catalyst Fund startup accelerator delivers outsized success

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups creating solutions to improve the financial health of underserved communities and small businesses. Continue reading →

The buck stops with women

Originally posted on the FSD Kenya Website, April 30, 2020  How Kenyan mothers are keeping food on the table through the coronavirus crisis Samson in rural Eldoret, told us last week that he took an M-Shwari loan of Ksh 1,900, bought … Continue reading →

“Capital plus plus”: Mobilizing domestic capital to support impact entrepreneurs in India

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups creating solutions to improve the financial health of underserved communities and small businesses. Continue reading →

Destacame enables financial health for Chileans and Mexicans

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups creating solutions to improve the financial health of underserved communities and small businesses. Continue reading →

Fintech’s unfulfilled promise: why many Mexicans remain excluded

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups creating solutions to improve the financial health of underserved communities and small businesses. Continue reading →

The role of fintech innovation in the remittances space during COVID-19

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups creating solutions to improve the financial health of underserved communities and small businesses. Continue reading →