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.

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, onboarding and managing agents who operate as individual businesses...

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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.

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 →

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 →

The impact of COVID-19 on financial lives in eight countries, over two weeks

Protracted battles continue to rage across the world against the invisible enemy of COVID-19, as countries enforce restrictions on movement and business to “flatten the curve”, with various degrees of success (Figure 1). At the same time, concern is growing … Continue reading →

If the coronavirus doesn’t kill you…

Co-authored by: Julie Zollmann, Amolo Ng’weno, Anne Gachoka and Catherine Wanjala Originally posted on the FSD Kenya Website, April 21, 2020    Kenyans’ reflections on security in the time of Covid-19 Last September, Abigail went to a funeral at night and left her grandchildren … Continue reading →

“Our love has grown more”

Co-authored by: Julie Zollmann, Amolo Ng’weno, Anne Gachoka and Catherine Wanjala Originally posted on the FSD Kenya Website, April 21, 2020    Coronavirus disruptions are giving some Kenyan women a reprieve from domestic burdens and giving couples a chance to change their marriages Around … Continue reading →