Small credits foster rural entrepreneurship in Guinea

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Pathways for rural youth to financial inclusion

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Leveraging National Statistics Agencies and Country-Owned Surveys for Financial Inclusion Measurement: The Case of Ethiopia

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Incofin Sells Equity Stake in Annapurna Microfinance of India as Asian Development Bank, Bamboo Financial Inclusion Fund, Oikocredit Buy In

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EFSE and Mobiasbanca Advance Financial Education in Moldova

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EFSE and Bank of Georgia Group Expand Financing for MSEs

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AML/CFT Regulations for Mobile Financial Services (MFS): Policy Options for Bangladesh

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Malawi and IFAD launch new project to reduce extreme poverty among poor rural households

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Papua New Guinea: Women’s Micro-bank to Open Access Centers to Test New Branchless Banking Model

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NexThought Monday: Our inaugural podcast – a conversation with the MasterCard Foundation’s Ann Miles

In April, the MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity awarded over $10 million to five innovative companies working to increase financial access in rural Africa, through its now-annual Scaling Competition. The winners included both lesser-known firms and companies that are household names to anyone who’s followed mobile finance’s stunning growth on the continent. According to Ann Miles, Director of Financial Inclusion & Youth Livelihoods at the MasterCard Foundation, the foundation selected companies with some key characteristics in common: “What’s most important to us is to learn from models and approaches that have worked. … Even though this engages private sector companies, this has to be more than a business proposition.”

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