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.

Video: Inclusive Fintech Accelerator Catalyst Fund announces scale-up

Catalyst Fund Project Launch Video "Innovation is increasingly important...some of the solutions that are going to solve worldwide problems are emerging from the Global South" - Amolo Ng'Weno, CEO, BFA Global In January 2020, Catalyst Fund, managed by BFA Global and fiscally sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA),...

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These entries highlight the practical and day-to-day implications of the work we do around the globe. Join our team as they reflect on how BFA Global’s work is unfolding on the ground with our partners, clients, and in communities.

BFA Global works at the frontier, always exploring new approaches and innovations to today’s – and tomorrow’s – development challenges. Derived from white papers and deep-dives, these entries distill the new concepts we develop for the services and areas of expertise we engage in.

Our Voices library presents topical information, perspectives, and opinions on the latest news in BFA Global’s focus areas. Want to know our key takeaways from the latest SOCAP event? Or hear what a startup founder has to say about the latest trends in mobile money? This is where you will find out.

India is missing the tech-opportunity for responding to COVID-19

Co-authored with Veethi Vyas     The Indian government has joined many others in adopting extreme preventive measures to protect the citizens and combat the outbreak of COVID-19. As of March 24th, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day complete … Continue reading →

Open-sourcing survey instrument for “COVID-19 and Your Finances” in English and Spanish

  In order to conduct a rapid assessment of the impact of COVID-19, BFA Global deployed a “dipstick” online survey on Mar 25 and Mar 26 across seven countries. The blog post and dashboard that shared insights from the survey … Continue reading →

Meet Meerkat, the savings and debt management solution designed to improve the financial health of South Africans

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

FinnSalud and Covid-19: Shifting to emergency mode

  FinnSalud is one of BFA Global’s largest projects, supported by MetLife Foundation and fiscally sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. The project was launched last November to operationalize the concept of financial health through our Mexican partners, aiming to better … Continue reading →

8 Steps for fintech startups: Planning a strategic response to COVID-19

  As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds around us, reported cases across most emerging markets are still relatively low. As of March 30, Nigeria had 111 confirmed cases, Kenya reported 50, India and Mexico reported around 1000, and South Africa around … Continue reading →

Taking the COVID-19 temperature in emerging markets: A dipstick survey to draw early insights about impact on Livelihoods

Co-authored with Ben Mazzotta   It has now been 19 days since the WHO declared the COVID-19 crisis a pandemic on March 11. We publish this blog as several of the largest economies in the world are in the acceleration … Continue reading →

El Covid-19 ya está dañando la salud financiera de los mexicanos

  Ahora que México cuenta con 993 casos confirmados de coronavirus y ha entrado en una Fase 2  con contagio local, el Gobierno de la nación está tomando medidas más duras de contención. Dado el carácter exponencial de la epidemia … Continue reading →

Meet Kwara, the digital platform powering Kenya’s cooperative savings and credit sector

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

How the PAYGo solar sector can prepare for the coronavirus and keep the lights on

Co-authored with Dan Waldron   Many parts of the world are currently locking down in an intense effort to contain COVID-19 before it takes too many lives. These have created dramatic – albeit necessary – economic effects. With these immediate … Continue reading →

Meet Pesakit, the smart app for mobile money agents in Kenya

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

First insights from China: The effects of COVID-19 on financial health of MSEs

Webinar: First insights from China: The effects of COVID-19 on financial health of MSEs When: Tuesday, March 31st at 8:30am-9:30am EST/8:30pm-9:30pm Beijing time   As members of the global financial inclusion community, all of us, whether we are researchers, implementers, … Continue reading →

What Colombia-based Rappi can learn from Chinese logistics providers in response to COVID-19

  As of last weekend, Colombia had 210 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 88 of which were in Bogotá and the remaining spread throughout the country. Bogotá entered a “lockdown simulation” last Friday. Restaurants and bars shut soon after, and a … Continue reading →

Proto partners with BFA Global for financial complaints automation solution at Central Banks

  Nairobi, Kenya / March 24, 2020 — Following its success in developing an award-winning, financial complaints management system and artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot for Tagalog, English, and Taglish for the Central Bank of the Philippines, technology innovator Proto is pleased … Continue reading →

Digital financial transfers can supercharge the response to COVID-19

As soon as the scale of the worldwide pandemic became apparent, the Kenya government swung into action with measures that are increasingly familiar around the world: encouraging social distancing, suspending travel, closing schools, etc. But, the Kenya government had an … Continue reading →

Gig workers have powered Wuhan’s response to COVID-19

Looking down at Wuhan from the sky, you might think the city was empty. Instead of a bustling city of 11 million people, Wuhan looks like a ghost town. The center of the COVID-19 outbreak, Wuhan has been under quarantine … Continue reading →

Meet Spoon Money, the savings and lending platform for South Africa’s 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 →

Meet Cowrywise, the smart savings and investment app for Nigerian youth

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

How Financial Health Is Transforming BFA Global’s Work in 2020

This post was co-authored by Ashirul Amin and Benjamin Mazzotta   Genesis of Financial Health as a Concept Financial health (FH) has become a core topic in the financial inclusion industry, and at BFA Global we believe it represents a … Continue reading →

iWorkers: How large is the African market for digital commerce?

Africa’s largest e-commerce platform, Jumia, was listed on the New York Stock Exchange on 12 April 2019 at a share price which values the six-year-old company at over $1 billion dollars. Like Amazon before it, Jumia has not turned a … Continue reading →

iWorkers – a new bellwether of the digital economy?

By David Porteous and Bright Simons How inclusive is the digital economy really? As governments and businesses around the world hasten to digitize, this is an important question. Some sound the alarm about the societal effects of jobless growth, which … Continue reading →