Featured Projects

Digital Commerce and Youth Unemployment in Africa (iWorker Phase 1)

The e-commerce+ project delivered compelling scenarios that crystallize the issues and the dynamics surrounding digital commerce. It drew on the burgeoning literature about the link between digital commerce and employment as well as dipstick research in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, … Continue reading →

FIBR MSME

What Financial Services do Merchants Need to Grow?   FIBR’s medium-, small- and microenterprise (MSME) research portfolio, worked with partner Sokowatch, an e-commerce platform for informal merchants in Kenya. Together, we explored the customer journey along the order & delivery … Continue reading →

FIBR PAYGO

PAYGo is a workstream of the FIBR Project which worked with Off-Grid Electric’s (OGE) operations teams to execute pilots and sales experiments to field-test optimized product offerings, incentives, and interventions. In extending financial services to low-income customers, our engagement with … Continue reading →

The FIBR Project

At BFA Global, our work harnesses digital innovations to improve opportunities and working conditions for those who do not achieve – or pursue – employment in the formal sector.  In the financial diaries, we explored the financial lives of low-income … Continue reading →

CHARGE Phase 1

Working with a local partner to design feasible aggregators models to help financially excluded customers in China to use financial services provided by superplatforms. BFA Global worked with the Chinese Academy of Financial Inclusion (CAFI) to design and establish local … Continue reading →

Featured Insights

What does FIBR do?

A look at FIBR in 2018, covering our work in PAYGo and MSME (FIBR video v18-FinalCutv1 without VO and premiered at peer convening 2018).

Meet the iWorkers – Rhoda & Erica

At BFA Global, our work harnesses digital innovations to improve opportunities and working conditions for those who do not achieve – or pursue – employment in the formal sector.  In the financial diaries, we explored the financial lives of low-income … Continue reading →

Meet the iWorkers – Illa

At BFA Global, our work harnesses digital innovations to improve opportunities and working conditions for those who do not achieve – or pursue – employment in the formal sector.  In the financial diaries, we explored the financial lives of low-income … Continue reading →

Meet the iWorkers – Joseph

At BFA Global, our work harnesses digital innovations to improve opportunities and working conditions for those who do not achieve – or pursue – employment in the formal sector.  In the financial diaries, we explored the financial lives of low-income … Continue reading →

Risky business: how to de-risk your fintech startup before it’s too late

Co-written by Elizabeth Davidson   If you’re a fintech entrepreneur, it’s probably not news to you that failure is more likely than success.   After all, an estimated 70% of tech startups fail, typically within the first two years after … Continue reading →

Kenya Financial Diaries

BFA Global, funded by FSD Kenya, undertook a comprehensive financial diaries study in Kenya. Over the course of one year, BFA Global designed a sample study for the low-income population segments in Kenya which included the use of research instruments, … Continue reading →

Smallholder Financial Diaries

The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) contracted BFA Global to implement the year-long Financial Diaries with Smallholder Families to elucidate the financial lives of smallholder households and build the evidence base on this important client group. The study, … Continue reading →

Meet Catalyst Fund’s Venture-Builders

Catalyst Fund bets on talent to deliver tailored technical assistance Entrepreneurs apply to the Catalyst Fund for the money, but they stay for venture-building support.   Catalyst Fund’s tailored venture-building support puts the weight of BFA Global’s deep expertise in inclusive fintech … Continue reading →