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.

FinnSalud at FLII

  This week at FLII the FinnSalud project hosted a session entitles - Data-driven strategies to catalyze financial health: One click at a time. The team debuted its web-based financial health chatbot, Frida, that engages users and provides them with a personal...

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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.

“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 excitement about digital platforms is grounded in their nature as enablers and accelerators of the digital economy. They have deepened last-mile … Continue reading →

Why our money is on this Brazilian female fintech founder: meet Monica of Grão

    This post was co-authored by Malika Anand and Thea Sokolowski.   A former securities broker and two-time entrepreneur, Monica Saccarelli was the first female partner at Brazilian brokerage house Link Investimentos. Today, she is CEO of savings platform … Continue reading →

Webinar: Creating Better Futures for the 5 Million Young Gig Workers in Ghana

Webinar Summary BFA Global research shows that the rise of digital commerce has changed the nature of work and created a new category of workers called iWorkers — gig workers, eLancers, and e-commerce merchants or sellers — those who earn … Continue reading →

What will it take for Nigeria’s inclusive fintech sector to flourish?

This post was co-authored by Thea Sokolowski and Malika Anand. Despite a notoriously challenging operating environment, there are signs of improvement for fintech startups in Nigeria. Financial inclusion rates are surprisingly low (41.6% remain excluded), but mobile penetration rates are … Continue reading →

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups

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

Catalyst Fund announces expansion, $15 million in funding from UK aid, J.P. Morgan

Global inclusive fintech accelerator Catalyst Fund announces new £12 million GBP ($15 million USD) commitment from UK aid and J.P. Morgan to advance financial inclusion in emerging markets New commitment to help fund the growth of 30 early-stage companies focused … Continue reading →

How to design PAYGo operational models to improve repayment

There has been a lot of work exploring why some pay-as-you-go (PAYGo) solar customers stop paying after they are initially granted a loan, most of which has focused on the customer and challenges they encounter, for example, short-term cash flow … Continue reading →

Finbots for Shopkeepers Series 

Chai, Chapatis and the Propensity for Success: How big data can help small hustles

Uber and Taxify in Africa: Good Work or a Race to the Bottom?

Let’s Be Real: The Informal Sector and the Gig Economy are the Future, and the Present, of Work in Africa

Can Africa Show How Gig Workers Get a Fair Share in the Digital Economy?

Making Digital Commerce a Positive Force for Good Work in Africa

Lean user research: How Diin sequenced data analysis and user interviews to generate insights

Co-authored with Javier Linares   Startups typically chase growth by acquiring more and more customers. It is tempting to interpret more customers as a signal that your product is working. But, as we have discussed before, startups need to be … Continue reading →

Can fintech bridge the digital divide in India?

Authored in collaboration with Malika Anand Forecasters predict that Indians will conduct more than US$1 trillion in digital transactions by 2025. Eighty percent of Indians already own a bank account, 54% of Indians use broadband mobile connections, and data services … Continue reading →

The Emergence of ‘SupTech’ — And How it Can Move Past the Experimentation Stage

“Suptech” is a word you’re likely to hear more about in the coming years. The term is a newfangled portmanteau of “supervisory” and “technology” that describes innovation in financial supervision. The application of Big Data techniques and Artificial Intelligence (AI) … Continue reading →

The power of flexibility: How innovative payment models can expand access to energy services

In the past eight years, over 10 million people in emerging economies have acquired modern energy for the first time. This has arrived in the form of long-lasting solar home systems, with growth driven by an emerging technology and financing … Continue reading →

Designing fintech solutions for inclusion: key takeaways from SOCAP 2019

“A truly inclusive innovation only works if it is adopted by the end-users it’s designed to serve.” — Maelis Carraro, Director, BFA Global Catalyst Fund   Themed Accelerating a New Global Market at the Intersection of Money + Meaning, SOCAP is the largest annual gathering … Continue reading →

Inclusive Fintech in Practice: Chipper Cash Illustrates Three Key Ways to Tackle Cross-Border Payments in Africa

  The mobile money revolution in East Africa has yet to extend to cross-border transactions, even as the region is becoming more integrated economically. A study by CGAP and BFA Global found that “around 8 percent of people in East Africa actively send or … Continue reading →

Re-envisioning fintech innovation in Kenya

“… technology to shape the future…rather than simply allowing the future to shape us.” – Alderman Peter Estlin, 691st Lord Mayor of the City of London   Last week, Catalyst Fund launched our chapter in Kenya, alongside our partners FSD … Continue reading →