Author: David Porteous

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...

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...

iWorkers: Will digital technology reward ‘under-rewarded efforts’?

Santiago Levy is the former Minister of Social Development in Mexico and more recently IDB’s chief economist. In 2018,...

iWorkers: How digital changes the nature of informality in Africa

The defining characteristic of most work in Africa is its informality: according to the ILO, 85% is done in...

Digital pathways to inclusive growth: BFA Global’s next generation of work in livelihoods

By David Porteous, Amolo Ng’weno and Ashirul Amin The new economy presents opportunities and risks for digital workers Our...

Digital Platforms: Creating “Servant” Economies or a Step Toward Empowerment?

Potential Benefits to “More than a Gig and Less than a Job” Employment in the Global South    ...

Why Alternative Lending Struggles to Scale in Emerging Markets

And What Fintech Companies Can Do About It     During the past 10 years, the US, the UK...

Is it China’s Golden Age in Digital Financial Inclusion?

  Last week, I had the chance to attend a workshop of the Global Partnership on Financial Inclusion, a...

Are Fintech Companies Going to Threaten Mainstream Financial Service Providers in the Next Five Years?

  A closing panel at this year’s EMERGE 2016 Forum on Consumer Financial Health debated this question. Panelists came...