Research and advise

BFA Global’s research and advisory services rely on years of experience deriving rich insights from qualitative and quantitative research methods in frontier and emerging markets. We leverage these insights to inform our business, technical, financial and policy advisory services, to help our partners create solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

We leverage expertise in business strategy, product innovation, financial modeling, digital transformation and data analytics to:

  • help financial service providers digitize and better serve their customers
  • support organizations to better understand the needs and behaviors of the most vulnerable, through in-depth field research
  • consult funders and philanthropic players on crafting and executing high-impact projects across various sectors
  • accompany startups through their journeys to product-market fit.
  • support regulators in designing fair and effective policies that can enable the development of innovation ecosystems

Market research

We perform deep field and market research to analyze demand- and supply-side trends, derive strategic insights and craft solutions

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Financial diaries

We apply the financial diaries methodology to deeply understand the lives, needs, behaviors and desires of low-income and underserved customers across emerging markets

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Business strategy & financial modeling

We use proprietary analytics and tools, business strategy frameworks and financial modeling to advise our clients on strategy, products, channels, pricing, financial planning and efficiency to use in the digital age

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Digital transformation

We work with brick-and-mortar incumbents, such as MFIs and cooperatives, to future-proof them and prepare them to serve the digital clients of the future. This involves digital transformation, organizational change management, development of alternative delivery and marketing channels and fostering partnerships with technology players

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Policy & regulatory design & advice

We work alongside regulators, supervisors and policymakers to design evidence-based policies, test RegTech solutions and implement impact evaluations to enable innovation ecosystems

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Insights

Mexico Financial Diaries
Livelihoods and Microenterprise |

Mexico Financial Diaries

Mexican Financial Diaries set out to obtain granular, long-term, provider-side data about the financial lives of low-income Mexicans. This...

By BFA GLOBAL
Fixing Finance for Women
Digital Financial Services |

Fixing Finance for Women

Responsibilities and problems around money in most societies are gendered A recent study from Harvard Sociologist Alexandra Achen Killewald...

By Julie Zollmann
Hitting the Sweet Spot: What Do Small Merchants Need to Survive and Grow Their Business?
Livelihoods and Microenterprise |

Hitting the Sweet Spot: What Do Small Merchants Need to Survive and Grow Their Business?

MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium enterprises) need capital. They need startup capital, they need expansion capital and they also...

By FIBR
iWorkers: How large is the African market for digital commerce?
Livelihoods and Microenterprise |

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...

By David Porteous
The Best of Both Worlds: Decoupling Financing from Distribution through FSP-Led PAYGo
PAYGo and Essential Services |

The Best of Both Worlds: Decoupling Financing from Distribution through FSP-Led PAYGo

  In just eight years over three million PAYGo solar systems have been sold, and over $1B has been...

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

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...

By Akansha Kasera

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