With funding from USAID’s Global Development Lab, SIA has been supporting the USAID Rwanda mission for the past two years in helping a variety of their implementing partners (development organizations) transition to using mobile money for their last mile payment needs.
On his sixteenth birthday the boy gets a horse as a present. All of the people in the village say, "Oh, how wonderful!"
The Zen master says, "We'll see."
The Tigo Ghana head office sits on a shady, surprisingly quiet road in central Accra, nestled next to government buildings and museums. An office on the top floor of the three-story building is home to the mobile network operator’s Mobile Financial Services (MFS) division, known as TigoCash.
As cash transfers become an increasingly respected and relied-upon method of delivering relief to communities affected by conflict and environmental disasters, NGOs working in the humanitarian space will more frequently be required to manage networks of merchants and agents in their roles as disbursers of international funding.
In February, Shelley Spencer and Nicholas Lesher traveled to New Delhi to launch a report on the distinct financial attitudes, abilities, and behavior patterns of the emerging middle class (EMC).
Achieving the dream of a digital economy is a daunting task for a country of 1.2 billion, but one that is evidently underway.
An estimated 62 percent of U.S. renter households (about 27 million families) earn less than 80 percent of the area median income. Roughly 73 percent of these households (over 19 million families) spend over 30 percent of their income on rental housing.
The towering housing cost burden is a significant barrier for these families in transitioning out of poverty.
SIA has published a report on the design and execution of a market research study in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire that determined the demand for digital financial services in the cocoa value chain with an emphasis on farmer financial inclusion and the potential of mobile money to enhance farmers’ livelihoods.
Researchers and implementers have long known that women play a central role in financing family and community needs. What we are now finding is that DFS tools can enhance their role.
In February, SIA Vice President Massoud Ahmadi presented to a packed auditorium of Arlington County citizens on the present and future states of the county’s economic development. Massoud told citizens that future economic growth in Arlington requires the diversification of its economic base. Arlington must take advantage of its competitive advantage in information services and financial activities by helping expand business formation in these sectors.