Financial Inclusion Roundup: Visualizing the Global Economy & Building Services Communities Need

  • World Economic Forum presents a unique visualization of the global economy. Each country’s GDP is divided into service, industry, and agriculture to illustrate which contribute the most.
    Global economy visualization
  • One billion people—15% of the world’s population—have disabilities. How can we include people with disabilities in formal finance? Next Billion posits that data-driven strategy and collaboration between organizations that work with disabled people can help.
  • Recruiting more female mobile money agents in Nigeria can benefit the whole community. Research by the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women indicates that women often provide better customer service than their male counterparts. That skillful work fosters trust in digital financial services, furthering financial inclusion.
  • Most Kenyans receive a large percentage of their income digitally, yet 98% of payments remain cash-based. MasterCard Vice President James Wainaina advocates addressing gaps in infrastructure and education to increase adoption of electronic transactions.
  • Similarly, plenty of low-income communities have access to financial products and tools, so why don’t more people use them? The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation calls for more research to better understand the needs of these underserved communities.
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