Daniel Waldron

Daniel Waldron

Consulting Associate - Financial Sector Specialist

Daniel is a Financial Sector Specialist. Daniel’s research focuses on the intersection of financial inclusion and essential services. He has worked with financial services providers in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and South Asia, helping them to create more impactful and sustainable financial products. He has collaborated particularly closely with numerous firms in the off-grid energy space, helping them to optimize their credit risk management and digital collections. Daniel has authored numerous publications highlighting the opportunities and challenges in scaling financial services for development.In addition to BFA Global, Daniel works extensively with both CGAP and UNCDF, and has worked in the past as a research analyst for Petrides & Co., an energy investment bank. He also served for two years as an environmental volunteer for Peace Corps Tanzania. Daniel has a Masters in International Affairs from The New School and an undergraduate degree from New York University. He resides in New York City and is fluent in Swahili and proficient in Spanish.

Publications by this author

Why we invested: OZE is equipping small businesses with digital tools and access to growth capital
Inclusive Fintech |

Why we invested: OZE is equipping small businesses with digital tools and access to growth capital

Running a business is complex; it includes managing inventory, conducting marketing, handling sales, executing fulfillment, delivering customer service, and...

By Matt Grasser
Why we invested: Swoove is simplifying logistics for MSMEs in e-commerce
Inclusive Fintech |

Why we invested: Swoove is simplifying logistics for MSMEs in e-commerce

Efforts to support the growth of e-commerce often focus on the digital aspects: online marketplaces, digital payments, merchant credit,...

By Jane del Ser
Why we invested: Tendo is professionalizing and democratizing the digital marketing economy
Inclusive Fintech |

Why we invested: Tendo is professionalizing and democratizing the digital marketing economy

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 90% of retail takes place through informal channels. A growing proportion of those transactions are taking...

By Kayode Adeyinka
Learning From Our Past: Successful Ecosystem Evolutions Follow a Common Path
Climate Action |

Learning From Our Past: Successful Ecosystem Evolutions Follow a Common Path

In early 2021, BFA Global, CGAP, UNCDF’s Better than Cash Alliance, PayPal, the UN’s Race to Resilience, and the...

By Bethany Kanten
Cross-Cutting Themes for the Emergence of the DF4CR Ecosystem
Climate Action |

Cross-Cutting Themes for the Emergence of the DF4CR Ecosystem

By 2030, the DF4CR task force estimates that over 1 billion people can gain access to climate resilience solutions...

By Bethany Kanten
Measuring the Financial Health of Gig Workers in China
Digital Financial Services |

Measuring the Financial Health of Gig Workers in China

The growth of digital platforms has created new employment opportunities for workers globally that did not exist before. Despite...

By Dr. Xiugen Mo
Building a Digital Finance for Climate Resilience Ecosystem: Insights from Industry Leaders
Climate Action |

Building a Digital Finance for Climate Resilience Ecosystem: Insights from Industry Leaders

The IPCC report released this week confirms what communities, households, and individuals around the world are already experiencing —...

By Jesse Fripp
From analog to digitized: Future-proofing financial cooperatives in Mexico
Financial Health |

From analog to digitized: Future-proofing financial cooperatives in Mexico

For savings and loans cooperatives in Mexico, the competition is growing. Banks, fintechs and superplatforms are starting to offer...

By Leticia Jauregui
Keeping the Lights On: How PAYGo Solar Can Offer Customer Relief During COVID-19
PAYGo and Essential Services |

Keeping the Lights On: How PAYGo Solar Can Offer Customer Relief During COVID-19

Originally posted on the NextBillion Website, May 1, 2020  Off-grid solar delivers essential energy services for millions of people,...

By Jacob Winiecki
How the PAYGo solar sector can prepare for the coronavirus and keep the lights on
PAYGo and Essential Services |

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

Many parts of the world are currently locking down in an intense effort to contain COVID-19 before it takes...

By Jacob Winiecki
Prosper: A Product Innovation to Link PAYGo Customers to MFIs
PAYGo and Essential Services |

Prosper: A Product Innovation to Link PAYGo Customers to MFIs

BrightLife, FINCA Uganda, and FIBR are innovating to develop solutions that bridge the gap between microfinance and pay-as-you-go (PAYGo)...

By Daniel Waldron
Why MFIs will (Finally) Crack the Solar Market
PAYGo and Essential Services |

Why MFIs will (Finally) Crack the Solar Market

  We have long hoped that microfinance would hold the key to unlocking access to energy for low-income households....

By Daniel Waldron