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CGAP focus notes

October 1995 - present

 

The focus note series is the Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest's (CGAP) primary vehicle for dissemination to governments, donors, and private and financial institutions on best practices in microfinance. Covering a wide range of financial inclusion topics, this series represents a premier resource for stakeholders interested in advancing financial access for the world’s poor. It focuses on evidence-based research and each paper goes through a rigorous peer-review process.

 

Some issues are available in

English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Bahasa, Chinese, and Russian.

 

Frequency:    Irregular

 

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Building inclusive payment ecosystems in Tanzania and Ghana (English)

Over the past decade, financial services for the poor have undergone a dramatic transformation. For years, financial institutions like banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) struggled to sustainably serve the world’s poor. ... See More +

Brief 129139 JUN 01, 2018

Mattern,Max William; Mckay,Claudia Vonderohe Disclosed

Basic regulatory enablers for digital financial services (English)

Digital financial services (DFS) differ from traditional financial services in several ways that have major implications for regulators. The technology enables new operating models that involve a wider range of actors in the chain of financial services, from design to delivery. ... See More +

Brief 129138 MAY 01, 2018

Staschen,Stefan; Meagher,J. Patrick Disclosed

Consumer protection in digital credit (English)

This paper explores new approaches to address risks and problems in five areas: disclosure of loan terms and conditions; marketing approaches to promote responsible borrowing; appropriate and tailored products to meet the needs of specific consumer segments; repayment and collections; and credit reporting and information sharing. ... See More +

Brief 119214 AUG 01, 2017

Mazer, Rafe; McKee, Kate Disclosed

Vision of the future : financial inclusion 2025 (English)

It is 2025. Imagine that everyone around the world is using a broad range of affordable financial services that meet their various needs, full financial inclusion. ... See More +

Working Paper 119217 JUN 01, 2017

Lahaye,Estelle Marie; Abell, Thomas E.; Hoover, James K. Disclosed

Digitizing value chain finance for smallholder farmers (English)

Agricultural value chains play an important role in providing financial services that help to reduce risk, improve crop yields, manage liquidity, and transact with markets. ... See More +

Brief 119216 APR 01, 2017

Mattern,Max William; Ramirez,Rossana Margarita Disclosed

Development finance institutions and financial inclusion : from institution-building to market development (English)

Significant strides have been made in connecting the world’s low-income populations and micro and small businesses to financial services. Yet, after decades, there are still large gaps in access, use, product offering, and quality of services. ... See More +

Brief 119215 MAR 01, 2017

Moretto,Louise Marie; Scola Gahwiler,Barbara Bernadette Maria Disclosed

Leveraging equity investments to build inclusive financial markets (English)

Equity as a funding instrument is particularly important for the responsible development of financial markets. Through purchasing shares in financial services providers (FSPs) and other types of institutions, development finance institutions (DFIs) and social investors have three distinct opportunities to shape market players and in turn influence how markets develop by potentially driving competition, promoting innovation, improving market efficiencies, creating demonstration to crowd-in others and ultimately better serve customers. ... See More +

Brief 106023 APR 01, 2016

Lahaye,Estelle Marie Disclosed

Doing digital finance right : the case for stronger mitigation of customer risks : Haciendo bien las finanzas digital : el caso más fuerte para la mitigación de riesgos de clientes (Spanish)

Low-income consumers stand to benefit greatly from more accessible and affordable digital financial services (DFS) offerings. Indeed, evidence from consumer research in 16 markets analyzed for this paper indicates that customers highly value and benefit from many basic DFS. ... See More +

Brief 99310 JUN 01, 2015

Mckee,Katharine; Kaffenberger,Michelle Anne; Zimmerman,Jamie Melissa Disclosed

Early insights from financial diaries of smallholder households (English)

Renato and Hecinta are raising six young children in a rural area of Mozambique’s northern Nampula Province. On just half a hectare, they grow rice, maize, beans, cashew, peanuts, cabbage, and tomatoes, selling what they can and eating the rest. ... See More +

Brief 96284 MAR 01, 2015

Anderson,Jamie Barbara; Ahmed,Wajiha Spanish, French Disclosed

Early insights from financial diaries of smallholder households : Conclusiones preliminares del proyecto de registros financieros de hogares de pequeños agricultores (Spanish)

Renato and Hecinta are raising six young children in a rural area of Mozambique’s northern Nampula Province. On just half a hectare, they grow rice, maize, beans, cashew, peanuts, cabbage, and tomatoes, selling what they can and eating the rest. ... See More +

Brief 96284 MAR 01, 2015

Anderson,Jamie Barbara; Ahmed,Wajiha French, English Disclosed

Understanding costs and sustainability of sharia-compliant microfinance products (English)

While Islamic finance is a growing industry with more than 1,000 Islamic finance institutions and combined assets in excess of $1.3 trillion (Reuters 2013), the development of sharia-compliant microfinance has been much less prolific. ... See More +

Brief 95213 FEB 01, 2015

Alvarez,Kaylene; El-Zoghbi,Mayada Spanish, French Disclosed

Understanding costs and sustainability of sharia-compliant microfinance products : Comprendre les coûts et la viabilité des produits de microfinance conformes à la charia (French)

While Islamic finance is a growing industry with more than 1,000 Islamic finance institutions and combined assets in excess of $1.3 trillion (Reuters 2013), the development of sharia-compliant microfinance has been much less prolific. ... See More +

Brief 95213 FEB 01, 2015

Alvarez,Kaylene; El-Zoghbi,Mayada Spanish, English Disclosed

Understanding costs and sustainability of sharia-compliant microfinance products : Hacia un mayor conocimiento de los costos y la sostenibilidad de los productos microfinancieros regidos por la sharia (Spanish)

While Islamic finance is a growing industry with more than 1,000 Islamic finance institutions and combined assets in excess of $1.3 trillion (Reuters 2013), the development of sharia-compliant microfinance has been much less prolific. ... See More +

Brief 95213 FEB 01, 2015

Alvarez,Kaylene; El-Zoghbi,Mayada French, English Disclosed

Early insights from financial diaries of smallholder households : Comprendre les coûts et la viabilité des produits de microfinance conformes à la charia (French)

Renato and Hecinta are raising six young children in a rural area of Mozambique’s northern Nampula Province. On just half a hectare, they grow rice, maize, beans, cashew, peanuts, cabbage, and tomatoes, selling what they can and eating the rest. ... See More +

Brief 96284 FEB 01, 2015

Anderson,Jamie Barbara; Ahmed,Wajiha Spanish, English Disclosed

The potential of digital data : far can it advance financial inclusion? : El potencial de los datos digitales : hasta que punto pueden fomentar la inclusion financiera? (Spanish)

This focus note highlights where and how potential benefits can be realized, recognizing there are challenges and risks. Some hold that digital data are not a full substitute for the richness of an in-person interaction to gather data on clients. ... See More +

Brief 95202 JAN 01, 2015

Chen,Gregory C.; Faz De Los Santos,Pedro Xavier Japanese, French Disclosed

The potential of digital data : far can it advance financial inclusion? : Le potentiel des donnees numeriques en matiere d'inclusion financiere (French)

This focus note highlights where and how potential benefits can be realized, recognizing there are challenges and risks. Some hold that digital data are not a full substitute for the richness of an in-person interaction to gather data on clients. ... See More +

Brief 95202 JAN 01, 2015

Chen,Gregory C.; Faz De Los Santos,Pedro Xavier Japanese, Spanish Disclosed

The potential of digital data : far can it advance financial inclusion? (Japanese)

This focus note highlights where and how potential benefits can be realized, recognizing there are challenges and risks. Some hold that digital data are not a full substitute for the richness of an in-person interaction to gather data on clients. ... See More +

Brief 95202 JAN 01, 2015

Chen,Gregory C.; Faz De Los Santos,Pedro Xavier Spanish, French Disclosed

Getting smart about financial inclusion : lessons from the smart aid index : Instrumentos inteligentes para la inclusion financiera : ensenanzas del indice smartaid (Spanish)

Indices are frequently used to motivate behavior - think of the World Bank's doing business reports or the United Nations Development Program's (UNDP's) human development index. ... See More +

Brief 93306 OCT 01, 2014

El-Zoghbi, Mayada; Scola, Barbara French, English Disclosed

Getting smart about financial inclusion : lessons from the smart aid index (English)

Indices are frequently used to motivate behavior - think of the World Bank's doing business reports or the United Nations Development Program's (UNDP's) human development index. ... See More +

Brief 93306 OCT 01, 2014

El-Zoghbi, Mayada; Scola, Barbara Spanish, French Disclosed

Getting smart about financial inclusion : lessons from the smart aid index : Une approche intelligente de l'inclusion financiere : les lecons de l'indice smartaid (French)

Indices are frequently used to motivate behavior - think of the World Bank's doing business reports or the United Nations Development Program's (UNDP's) human development index. ... See More +

Brief 93306 OCT 01, 2014

El-Zoghbi, Mayada; Scola, Barbara Spanish, English Disclosed

Title Document Date Report No. Document Type Also available in
Building inclusive payment ecosystems in Tanzania and Ghana (English)
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JUN 01, 2018 129139 Brief
Basic regulatory enablers for digital financial services (English)
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MAY 01, 2018 129138 Brief
Consumer protection in digital credit (English)
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AUG 01, 2017 119214 Brief
Vision of the future : financial inclusion 2025 (English)
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JUN 01, 2017 119217 Working Paper
Digitizing value chain finance for smallholder farmers (English)
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APR 01, 2017 119216 Brief
Development finance institutions and financial inclusion : from institution-building to market development (English)
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MAR 01, 2017 119215 Brief
Leveraging equity investments to build inclusive financial markets (English)
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APR 01, 2016 106023 Brief
Doing digital finance right : the case for stronger mitigation of customer risks : Haciendo bien las finanzas digital : el caso más fuerte para la mitigación de riesgos de clientes (Spanish)
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JUN 01, 2015 99310 Brief
Early insights from financial diaries of smallholder households (English)
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MAR 01, 2015 96284 Brief Spanish, French
Early insights from financial diaries of smallholder households : Conclusiones preliminares del proyecto de registros financieros de hogares de pequeños agricultores (Spanish)
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MAR 01, 2015 96284 Brief French, English
Understanding costs and sustainability of sharia-compliant microfinance products (English)
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FEB 01, 2015 95213 Brief Spanish, French
Understanding costs and sustainability of sharia-compliant microfinance products : Comprendre les coûts et la viabilité des produits de microfinance conformes à la charia (French)
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FEB 01, 2015 95213 Brief Spanish, English
Understanding costs and sustainability of sharia-compliant microfinance products : Hacia un mayor conocimiento de los costos y la sostenibilidad de los productos microfinancieros regidos por la sharia (Spanish)
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FEB 01, 2015 95213 Brief French, English
Early insights from financial diaries of smallholder households : Comprendre les coûts et la viabilité des produits de microfinance conformes à la charia (French)
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FEB 01, 2015 96284 Brief Spanish, English
The potential of digital data : far can it advance financial inclusion? : El potencial de los datos digitales : hasta que punto pueden fomentar la inclusion financiera? (Spanish)
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JAN 01, 2015 95202 Brief Japanese, French
The potential of digital data : far can it advance financial inclusion? : Le potentiel des donnees numeriques en matiere d'inclusion financiere (French)
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JAN 01, 2015 95202 Brief Japanese, Spanish
The potential of digital data : far can it advance financial inclusion? (Japanese)
See More +
JAN 01, 2015 95202 Brief Spanish, French
Getting smart about financial inclusion : lessons from the smart aid index : Instrumentos inteligentes para la inclusion financiera : ensenanzas del indice smartaid (Spanish)
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OCT 01, 2014 93306 Brief French, English
Getting smart about financial inclusion : lessons from the smart aid index (English)
See More +
OCT 01, 2014 93306 Brief Spanish, French
Getting smart about financial inclusion : lessons from the smart aid index : Une approche intelligente de l'inclusion financiere : les lecons de l'indice smartaid (French)
See More +
OCT 01, 2014 93306 Brief Spanish, English