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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Three Key Steps for Boosting Mobile Money in Nigeria: Grameen Foundation explores ways the struggling sector could reach its potential

By Debbie Dean — Grameen Foundation

As the largest of Africa's fast-growing economies, Nigeria is a promising market for mobile finance. Yet though almost 57 percent of Nigerian adults have no access to formal financial services, only 0.1 percent actively use mobile money. Grameen Foundation explores the reasons for the stunted growth of mobile services, and outlines some key steps that could increase their adoption and continued use.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cash Versus Cows (Part 2): What's more scalable - cash transfers or in-kind transfers?

By Rod Dubitsky and Sadna Samaranayake

Successfully catapulting ultra-poor households over the extreme poverty line is incredibly hard work, and requires philanthropic capital and grant-based approaches. In this second part of a two-part series, BRAC's Rod Dubitsky and Sadna Samaranayake  pose a seemingly simple question: Is it better to give a cow or cash to seed sustainable livelihoods for the poorest-of-the-poor?

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Champions of the Toilet: The best way to solve open defecation, the authors say, is to focus on demand, not construction

By NextBillion Editor

Access to toilets doesn’t always fix the problem of open defecation; in fact, partial coverage generates insignificant health benefits. Therefore, to address India’s malnutrition and health crisis, it is important to promote widespread adoption of toilet use.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

NexThought Monday - 12/15/14 - The Over-The-Counter Paradox: Dependence on agent transactions is holding digital finance back – but could agents also move the sector forward?

By Graham Wright

Over-the-counter (OTC) transactions are mobile money transactions facilitated by a provider’s agent network - and they're an integral part of most successful services. But while MicroSave founder Graham Wright argues that dependence on OTC transactions is hobbling the development of the digital finance ecosystem, he says these agents could also present a solution.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Associate strategy consultant, fragile states

Posted by abyrint.

We are looking for associate consultants to join our team for work on strategy and transformation in fragile states and conflict zones. Core focus on finance and we are expanding into other areas. We help our clients solve unique problems in the most challenging contexts. You are keen on growing your skills in analytical thinking or creative problem solving. You want your work to have meaning and impact. You will be based in Oslo and much travel is expected.

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