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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Remittances in the time of COVID-19: Challenges and opportunities for growth in developing countries

    The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented restrictions on travel, trade, and economic activity, triggering a global economic crisis. Remittances to developing countries are falling sharply as a result. Migrant workers and their families, many dependent on the remittance flows sent from abroad, are expected to suffer acutely. This brief underscores the importance...

    16 Jun 2020 | Joevas Asare, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde, Moussa Saab, Nan Sandi, Laura Sili, Nick Wilkinson, Dean Yang

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Mobile phone technology and Uganda's development

    IGC Country Economist Nicole Ntungire discusses how mobile phones have the potential to play an important role in Uganda's development, particularly through mobile banking and monitoring service delivery.

    31 Oct 2019

  • Event

    Twitter chat: The role of mobile money in maximising remittances

    Host @The_IGC Key discussants Leon Isaacs @leon_dma – CEO, Developing Markets Associates Adeline Pelletier @adelinpelletier – Lecturer, Strategy at the Institute of Management Studies, Goldsmiths - University of London Alix Murphy @AlixinLondon – Director of Mobile Partnerships, WorldRemit Bhavin Vaghela @Bhavin_Vaghela @xendpay  - Growth...

    15 June 2018

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Achieving greater financial inclusion in Mozambique: Challenges and the way forward

    4 Jan 2018 | Steffen Hoernig, Novella Maugeri

  • Blog post

    Women’s Financial Inclusion: 5 Reasons Why it Matters for Mozambique

    The IGC recently published a policy brief that discusses the obstacles to financial inclusion in Mozambique. It tackles two of the main challenges: the low levels of financial literacy and the absence of interoperability. Novella Maugeri (Country Economist, IGC Mozambique) analyses this brief from the perspective of gender empowerment. How do you get your money from the...

    19 Dec 2017 | Novella Maugeri

  • Blog post

    Clarence Blay: ‘Ghana has 140,000 mobile money agents versus 1,300 bank branches’

    The most famous mobile payments system in Africa, MPesa, allows users to make payments by sending text messages from simple mobile phones, not necessarily smart ones. The idea has started a new wave of mobile payments and transfers in the continent, and governments are taking steps to help this ingenious solution usher in a new era of financial inclusion for their...

    20 Nov 2017 | Helena Vieira

  • Blog post

    Mobile money: Leaving no one behind in the digital age

    Kenya and Tanzania provide evidence on how technology holds promise for an inclusive, empowered and poverty-free future. Government support and improved financial literacy are found to be key drivers of financial inclusion in the developing world. Mobile money, one of the most popular innovations for development, is considered by many as a promising tool to open the door...

    3 Nov 2017 | Laura Sili

  • Blog post

    Mobile money: Progress thus far, miles to go

    2017 marks ten years since the launch of M-PESA in Kenya, undoubtedly the most successful mobile money product to date. Over the last decade, there have been many developments in the sector, and mobile money has emerged as a predominantly African innovation. A recent conference on Mobile Money and Financial Development, organised by the LSE’s Department of Management and...

    30 Oct 2017 | Sarah Logan

  • Multimedia Item - Audio

    Mobile money conference panel discussions

    18 Oct 2017

  • Publication - Synthesis paper

    Regulating mobile money to support scale-up

    High transaction costs are one of the most significant barriers to financial access in developing countries. Mobile money has dramatically reduced transaction costs and has extended a more affordable payments system to historically unbanked households, beginning to integrate them into the wider financial system. This brief looks at how mobile money can broaden and deepen...

    12 Oct 2017 | Sarah Logan