Publications

Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa

The Mastercard Foundation in partnership with BFA released Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa, new research that shows 80 million young people will benefit from the rise of digital commerce in Africa by 2030. These findings indicate that the digital commerce sector has the potential of disrupting the future of work on the continent.

Publications

Publications

The Unseen Sector: A Report on the MSME Opportunity in South Africa
Building small businesses that contribute to the economy and create jobs is one of South Africa’s biggest development opportunities. Small enterprises employ between 50 and 60 percent of South Africa’s work force and contribute around 34 percent of GDP. However, the small business sector has been relatively stagnant over the last decade, and only...
Women and Digitalisation in Agriculture
Open data is data that is made available for anyone to access, use and share. With more access to open data, people can help shape a more sustainable future with evidence-based solutions, contributing at the same time to a more transparent decision-making. But to reach the full potential of open data, it must be available to and used by all. Read...
Technological Innovation and the Dutch Financial Sector
This report discusses the impact of technological innovation on the financial sector and its implications for supervision. Given the inherent uncertainty related to this impact, this study applies a scenario analytic approach to develop three alternative scenarios for the future. In the first, established financial institutions embrace and...
The Intricate Role of Digital Finance in Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals
How much is financial inclusion impacting the Sustainable Development Goals? According to Liz Larson at UNCDF and Daryl Collins at BFA, the answer to that question remains unclear. They explore a new measurement framework that aims to explore all potential and proven connections between financial services and the SDGs – while also helping to...
 2017 Trends in International Funding for Financial Inclusion
This brief covers the highlights from the 2017 CGAP Funder Survey, which reports funding commitments from 54 international funders, both public and private, as of the end of 2017. One of the key takeaways from the latest CGAP Funder Survey is that international funders committed US $42 billion to financial inclusion in 2017—a double-digit...
Taking Women Entrepreneurs to the Bank in Romania
IFC and Garanti Bank Romania launched a joint report highlighting the importance and impact of increasing access to finance for the country’s women entrepreneurs. “Taking Women Entrepreneurs to the Bank in Romania”, shows the impact of Garanti Bank Romania’s Women SME Banking Program. Garanti Bank was the first bank to focus on the needs of women-...
Building an Impact Economy: A Call to Action for the Philanthropy Sector
Impact Entrepreneur and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors have released, Building an Impact Economy: A Call to Action for the Philanthropic Sector . The document is a distilled version of the longer report that features a roadmap and call to action for philanthropic organizations "to use their capital in a way that more directly supports the...
State of Practice: Savings Groups and the Role of Government in Sub-Saharan Africa
This state of practice report identifies and describes 74 government initiatives in the Savings Group sector across 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa – related to financial inclusion, social protection, women’s empowerment, and sector regulation and coordination. The purpose of the report is to support the further development of public policy and...
The Global Microscope 2018 on Financial Inclusion
The report is a benchmarking index that assesses the enabling environment for financial access in 55 countries. The research underscores the evolving landscape of financial inclusion itself. This year’s index was completely revised to take a forward-looking focus on digital financial services, and to address the critical role of financial...
Field Notes: Banking on the Future - Youth and Digital Financial Services in Sub-Saharan Africa
Here is one of three Field Notes from the Partnership for Financial Inclusion, a joint initiative of IFC and the Mastercard Foundation, to help DFS providers to tailor products and services to particular market segments as they shed new light on two particular market segments, youth and women, as well as the potential for digitizing social...