Tag: Emerging Markets

Post-COVID prognosis for gig workers in China: slow and steady improvement
Financial Health |

Post-COVID prognosis for gig workers in China: slow and steady improvement

While most economies in the world are still stumbling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is reported...

By Coco Dong
Press Release: Announcing the $4.3M Catalyst Fund Inclusive Digital Commerce Accelerator in Ghana to improve the financial resilience of informal MSEs
Inclusive Fintech |

Press Release: Announcing the $4.3M Catalyst Fund Inclusive Digital Commerce Accelerator in Ghana to improve the financial resilience of informal MSEs

ACCRA, Ghana, 19th October, 2020 – Catalyst Fund, managed by BFA Global, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation and...

By BFA GLOBAL
Catalyst Fund is expanding inclusive-tech acceleration to new sectors
Climate Action |

Catalyst Fund is expanding inclusive-tech acceleration to new sectors

Building on our proven approach to accelerating inclusive fintech startups and innovation ecosystems in emerging markets, Catalyst Fund is...

By Maelis Carraro
Inclusive fintech startups are pioneering products for the digital generation
Digital Financial Services |

Inclusive fintech startups are pioneering products for the digital generation

The digital generation (aka netizens, digital natives, generation Z, millennials) is a rapidly-growing customer segment that has exacting user...

By Shiro Njoroge
Women and youth may be weathering COVID better than others, but the most vulnerable are getting left behind
Financial Health |

Women and youth may be weathering COVID better than others, but the most vulnerable are getting left behind

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to ransack economies across developed and emerging markets, expectations are that low-income people –...

By Malika Anand
Making waves: Cynthia Wandia embodies the best of female fintech entrepreneurship
Inclusive Fintech |

Making waves: Cynthia Wandia embodies the best of female fintech entrepreneurship

Cynthia Wandia is the CEO and co-founder of Kwara, an accounting and business management SaaS for SACCOs in Kenya....

By Abby Butkus
Venture-building helps South Africa’s MobiLife bring insurance to underserved families
Digital Financial Services |

Venture-building helps South Africa’s MobiLife bring insurance to underserved families

Fewer than 12% of South Africans have life insurance, amounting to an insurance gap of over R30 trillion. Low...

By Akansha Kasera
Are we there yet? The evolution of fintech regulation in Nigeria
Inclusive Fintech |

Are we there yet? The evolution of fintech regulation in Nigeria

Nigeria is a hotspot for fintech innovation in Africa as investors and startups respond to Nigeria’s positive environment for...

By David Porteous
Rapid tech due diligence: How Catalyst Fund assesses a startup’s tech
Digital Financial Services |

Rapid tech due diligence: How Catalyst Fund assesses a startup’s tech

Alongside product-market fit and adequate control of data, underlying tech quality is a key determinant of whether a startup...

By Matt Grasser
SaaS startup Kwara is helping SACCOs deliver during COVID-19
Inclusive Fintech |

SaaS startup Kwara is helping SACCOs deliver during COVID-19

Savings and Credit Co-operatives (SACCOs) are the financial service backbone of the unbanked population in Kenya. While SACCOs increasingly...

By Abby Butkus