Benjamin Mazzotta

Benjamin Mazzotta

Senior Social Science Researcher

Benjamin Mazzotta, PhD is a Senior Social Science Researcher at BFA Global. He leads research in financial health across multiple geographies, including Africa, Latin America, and Asia. He served on the working group for financial health at the office of the United Nations Secretary General’s special advocate for inclusive financial development (O/UNSGSA), where he co-authored a technical note on measurement. Ben leads quantitative and multi-methods research for BFA Global. Selected research interests include the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on financial resilience; the economics of digital payments; lean data on social impact; user research in rural value chains; digital finance for climate resilience; and a target product profile (TPP) for inclusive finance. Trained as a political scientist, he also holds certificates in data science and complex systems. He is a CEME Senior Fellow at Tufts University and a Fellow of the United States-Japan Leadership Program (USJLP). He lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Publications by this author

Financial health in Mexico: A new tool for measurement
Financial Health |

Financial health in Mexico: A new tool for measurement

Purpose  Recovery from the economic effects of the pandemic will require millions of microentrepreneurs to rebuild their balance sheets....

By Benjamin Mazzotta
How micro- and small enterprises (MSEs) leveraged informal financing and digital technology during the COVID-19 pandemic in Zambia
Livelihoods and Microenterprise |

How micro- and small enterprises (MSEs) leveraged informal financing and digital technology during the COVID-19 pandemic in Zambia

Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in drastic declines in revenue for micro- and small enterprises (MSEs) in Zambia....

By Constantine Manda
How can banks identify and quantitatively validate principal components of inclusiveness and determine which matter most within a given market?
Digital Financial Services |

How can banks identify and quantitatively validate principal components of inclusiveness and determine which matter most within a given market?

This is the first case study in our report, ‘Inclusion and Your Bottom Line’, which outlines a new mixed-method...

By Benjamin Mazzotta
Behind the macro-level statistics: The role of resilience in informing financial health in Mexico
Financial Health |

Behind the macro-level statistics: The role of resilience in informing financial health in Mexico

The decision to close his footwear store was one of the toughest José had to make in his 35...

By Jacob Winiecki
Más allá de la inclusión financiera: Midiendo y mejorando el impacto de la salud financiera en México
Financial Health |

Más allá de la inclusión financiera: Midiendo y mejorando el impacto de la salud financiera en México

Medir la salud financiera es un desafío. Aunque existe consenso en la industria sobre el tema de la salud...

By Benjamin Mazzotta
Beyond financial inclusion: Measuring and improving financial health outcomes in México
Financial Health |

Beyond financial inclusion: Measuring and improving financial health outcomes in México

Measuring financial health is a challenge. Although there is industry consensus on the theme of financial health, the methodologies...

By Benjamin Mazzotta
The glass ceiling, even at home: How a report on poverty in Nigeria reveals an enduring gender gap in household headship
Livelihoods and Microenterprise |

The glass ceiling, even at home: How a report on poverty in Nigeria reveals an enduring gender gap in household headship

Summary We are told by the Nigeria National Bureau of Statistics that female heads of household in Nigeria...

By Benjamin Mazzotta
Financial health of the customers of selected inclusive fintech startups at the time of the global COVID-19 pandemic

Financial health of the customers of selected inclusive fintech startups at the time of the global COVID-19 pandemic

  This study is titled, Financial health of customers of selected inclusive fintech startups at the time of the...

By Benjamin Mazzotta
Pulse surveys with shopkeepers across Mexico during COVID-19
Financial Health |

Pulse surveys with shopkeepers across Mexico during COVID-19

Pulse surveys with shopkeepers across Mexico during COVID-19   in partnership with     In our previous publications we...

By Benjamin Mazzotta
Taking the COVID-19 temperature in emerging markets: A dipstick survey to draw early insights about impact on Livelihoods
Financial Health |

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

  It has now been 19 days since the WHO declared the COVID-19 crisis a pandemic on March 11....

By Jane del Ser
How Financial Health Is Transforming BFA Global’s Work in 2020
Financial Health |

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

Genesis of Financial Health as a Concept Financial health (FH) has become a core topic in the financial inclusion...

By Ashirul Amin