Tagged: financial inclusion

Andreessen Horowitz and Coinbase Ventures-backed Celo Foundation to Challenge Libra Stablecoin Project

The Facebook-led Libra stablecoin project might now have some competition. The Celo Foundation has managed to sign up 50 organizations to its “Alliance for Prosperity” program, which aims to enable greater financial inclusion by leveraging blockchain technology and helping people transact with digital assets. Giant… Read More

Bill and Melinda Gates Backed Project: U Microfinance Bank and Karandaaz Pakistan to Help Women Gain Access to Modern Financial Services

U Microfinance Bank Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) – Etisalat Company, has reportedly signed a grant agreement with Karandaaz Pakistan, a company that aims to promote improved access to finance for small business owners via an investment platform, and financial… Read More

Colombia-based Fintech Puntored to Invest $6 Million into Expanding Network of 75,000 Payment Channels

Colombia-based Fintech Puntored confirmed recently that it plans to invest around COP$20 billion (appr. $6 million) into further expanding and strengthening its existing network of 75,000 payment points. Puntored’s financial services have been developed to make it easier for millions of people to conduct transactions… Read More

Fintech Startups Should Offer Savings and Investment Tools to the Unbanked and Underbanked to Promote Financial Inclusion, Says Catalyst Fund Executive

JPMorgan, the largest bank in the US, and UK Aid confirmed last month that they would invest $15 million into the business operations of Catalyst Fund, a Boston-headquartered project accelerator which funds Fintech firms in order to support financial inclusion efforts in India,  Mexico, and… Read More

World’s Most Valuable Fintech Ant Financial to Power Pakistan’s New Blockchain-based Payments Service

Ant Financial, an affiliated company of the Chinese Alibaba Group, is reportedly running the first international blockchain-powered payment service in Pakistan. This is a major milestone in the Asian nation’s journey to enable greater financial inclusion. Ant Financial is notably the world’s highest-valued Fintech firm,… Read More

Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga Explains Why Company Withdrew from Facebook-led Stablecoin and Payments Project Libra

Ajay Banga, CEO at payments giant Mastercard, recently talked about why his company decided to leave the controversial Facebook-led Libra global payments and stablecoin project. Banga claims his firm doesn’t quite understand Libra’s business model. He told the Financial Times: “When you don’t understand how… Read More

Jumio, an AI-enhanced ID Verification Service, Partners CIMB Bank Philippines’ All-Digital Bank to Offer User-Friendly Onboarding Platform

Jumio, an established provider of artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced end-to-end identity verification and authentication services, has teamed up with CIMB Bank Philippines’ all-digital bank to offer a convenient and user-friendly digital onboarding solution to Filipinos. Having completed its first full year of business operations, CIMB Bank… Read More

Chief Fintech Advisor to Premier of Bermuda Says Island Nation is Planning to Launch Complete Crypto and DLT Ecosystem

Denis Pitcher, Chief Fintech advisor to the Premier of Bermuda, confirmed recently that the island country’s government has been focusing on encouraging blockchain and crypto adoption. Bermuda aims to enable greater financial inclusion with its national virtual currency in an area where residents are reportedly… Read More

Bank of Thailand Is Considering Issuing Licenses to Digital Banks to Enable Greater Financial Inclusion

The Bank of Thailand is reportedly considering issuing licenses to digital banks, which aim to provide greater financial inclusion while catering to changing consumer requirements in the digital age. New Fintech industry participants are encouraging competition and disruption in Thailand’s banking sector. These startups aim… Read More

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-backed Catalyst Fund Launches $15 Million Commitment from J.P. Morgan, UK Aid

Although the overall progress on reducing poverty has been steady during the past few decades, about half or 50% of the global population still has to live on less than $6 per day. Catalyst Fund is a newly established VC fund with a goal to… Read More

Bank Muscat Receives Approval to Launch $100 Million Fintech Investment Program from Central Bank of Oman

Bank Muscat, the leading financial services provider in the Sultanate, recently revealed that the Central Bank of Oman has approved the institution’s request to establish a $100 million (appr. OMR38.5 million) nationwide, strategic Fintech investment program. The investment program is reportedly part of Bank Muscat’s… Read More

HSBC Is Working with Local Charities in the UK to Offer Basic Bank Accounts to Homeless People

HSBC Bank plc, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations with a market cap of more than $156 billion, is reportedly working with UK-based charities to assist homeless citizens, who do not have residential addresses or government-issued IDs, to open bank accounts… Read More

Former Google Executive Tania Aidrus Chosen by Prime Minister Imran Khan to Lead “Digital Pakistan” Initiative

Tania Aidrus, a former director of products and payment at Google and former country manager (Singapore) for South Asia’s emerging markets at Google, has returned to Pakistan after spending 20 years working abroad. Aidrus will now be leading Pakistan into the digital age. The MBA… Read More

Banking Software Developer Temenos Reveals that the Egyptian National Post Organization will be Using its Technology

Banking software developer Temenos (SIX: TEMN) revealed on December 3 that the Egyptian National Post Organization (ENPO) has chosen its cloud-native, cloud-agnostic Temenos T24 Transact, which is described as “the next generation in core banking.” ENPO has also selected Temenos Infinity, an omnichannel online banking… Read More

Report: Paysend’s Analysis Reveals that Jordan Is the World’s Most Unequal Country for Financial Inclusion

A recent analysis performed by Paysend, a company that allows money transfers to any Visa, Mastercard, UnionPay cards and to regular bank accounts, has revealed the world’s top ten nations with the greatest gender divide for accessing modern financial services such as banking accounts and… Read More

State Bank of Pakistan Announces New Digital Payments Adoption Strategy to Enable Greater Financial Inclusion, Especially for Women

The State Bank of Pakistan, the nation’s central bank, has announced the development of a new national digital payment systems strategy that is aimed at promoting financial inclusion, especially for women. Cash transactions dominate Pakistan’s $300+ billion economy, with most people receiving their salaries in… Read More

Christian Catalini: Co-Creator of Libra Explains How the Facebook-led Project Aims to Enable Financial Inclusion

Christian Catalini, co-creator of the Facebook-led Libra payment system and head economist at Calibra, a subsidiary of the social media giant that’s focused on developing a digital wallet for Libra, says he’d been doing research in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space for many years before… Read More

Fintech Firm Grab’s Thailand Head Tarin Thaniyavarn Discusses Southeast Asia’s Financial Inclusion Challenges

Tarin Thaniyavarn, the country head for Fintech firm Grab’s Thailand division, points out that advancements in telecommunications and mobile technology allow users to perform and manage many different tasks from their smartphones. For example, we can book rides, order meals or groceries, and pay for… Read More

Finding Profit in Underinvested People & Places: Venture Capital & Crowdfunding for Community & Economic Development

  Millions of Americans rely on domestic discretionary spending appropriated by the U.S. Federal Government, including everything from affordable housing and education to the arts. Agencies such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development provide programs and services that impact neighborhoods and communities across… Read More

ADGM Aligns with KPMG, Swiss Finance + Technology Association and Responsible Finance & Investment Foundation

  It’s been quiet an exciting week for Abu Dhabi Global Market: global Fintech challenges, new alliances and partnerships. ADGM and KPMG have synced to launch the first ever FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge on 22 October 2017 in Abu Dhabi to enable startups to… Read More

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