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The pros and cons of agent banking : evidence from Senegal (English)

This study seeks to estimate the effects of access to agent banking on opening and usage of a savings account in urban and peri-urban areas in Senegal. ... See More +

Brief 126040 MAY 01, 2018

Buri,Sinja; Cull,Robert J.; Giné, Xavier; Harten,Sven; Heitmann,Soren Disclosed

Banking with agents : experimental evidence from Senegal (English)

This paper uses a randomized controlled trial to study the effects of access to agent banking. Individuals were encouraged to open an account and transact at a banking agent or a branch of a financial institution. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8417 APR 19, 2018

Buri,Sinja; Cull,Robert J.; Gine,Xavier; Harten,Sven; Heitmann,Soren Disclosed

Agent banking in a highly under-developed financial sector : evidence from the Democratic Republic of Congo (English)

The paper provides evidence on the number and volume of financial transactions undertaken by agents (local businesses that double as more convenient, lower cost alternatives to formal branches) of the largest microfinance institution operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7984 FEB 27, 2017

Cull,Robert J.; Gine,Xavier; Harten,Sven; Rusu,Anca Bogdana Disclosed

Women make the best DFS agents : how financial sector alternative delivery channels create business opportunities for women in emerging markets (English)

New business opportunities are being created for micro entrepreneurs by digital financial services (DFS) and agent banking in Sub-Saharan Africa. ... See More +

Brief 128215 MAY 01, 2016

Harten,Sven; Rusu,Anca Bogdana Disclosed

Find the gap : can big data help to increase digital financial services adoption? (English)

Big data is a big topic. Rarely a day passes without news of innovative applications of the data all produce through frequent use of technology. ... See More +

Brief 128214 FEB 01, 2016

Harten,Sven; Blumenstock,Joshua Evan; Khan,Muhammad Raza Ur Rehman; Kinzinger,Johannes Philipp Disclosed

Big data innovation challenge : pioneering approaches to data-driven development (English)

Big data can sound remote and lacking a human dimension, with few obvious links to development and impacting the lives of the poor. Concepts such as anti-poverty targeting, market access or rural electrification seem far more relevant – and easier to grasp. ... See More +

Working Paper 107751 JAN 01, 2016

Fernandes,Erick C.M.; Jimenez,Daniel Regis; Delerce,Sylvain; Harten,Sven; Kaiser,Kai-Alexander; Kelm,Kathrine M.; Krambeck,Holly; Lemieux,Victoria Louise; Gaba,Kwawu Mensan; Newhouse,David Locke; Rodriguez,Camila; Villaveces,Andres; Wang,Wei Winnie; Adelman,Melissa Ann; Gonzalez,Alvaro S.; Hernandez Ore,Marco Antonio; Khokhar,Tariq Afzal; Kilic,Talip; Lozano Gracia,Nancy Disclosed

Who are the microfinance clients? : a case study on customer segmentation and product development (English)

Two thirds of adults in Sub-Saharan Africa don’t have access to formal financial services, which means the large majority do not have access to secure and productive means of saving, safe, and efficient ways of transacting money, or regulated credit. ... See More +

Brief 128213 OCT 01, 2015

Harten,Sven; Buri,Sinja Disclosed

Greenfield microfinance in Sub-Saharan Africa : benchmarking quality, growth, and outreach (English)

The greenfield model embodied a new approach to cross-border banking on the continent, designed to reach poorer market segments via newly built retail branches. ... See More +

Brief 128212 DEC 01, 2014

Cull,Robert J.; Harten,Sven; Bull,Greta L. Disclosed

Benchmarking the financial performance, growth, and outreach of greenfield microfinance institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa (English)

In recent years there has been a rapid increase in the presence and growth of greenfield microfinance institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. This paper uses regressions to benchmark those African greenfields relative to other microfinance providers and finds that greenfields grew faster in terms of deposits and lending, improved their profitability to levels comparable to the top microfinance institutions, and substantially increased their lending to women. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7029 SEP 01, 2014

Cull, Robert; Harten, Sven; Nishida, Ippei; Bull, Greta Disclosed