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Monday, July 28, 2014

NexThought Monday - Innovation Overkill: Why product innovation in financial inclusion isn’t always the right move

By Graham Wright

All the renewed talk about product innovation and a client-centric approach in financial inclusion may overlook two important points, says MicroSave's Graham Wright. First, there are important differences between market leaders and followers. And second, moving through the product development continuum isn't easy. For some companies, he suggests, it's better to copy than to innovate.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Two Sides of the Same Coin: How India’s microfinance and health sectors can collaborate for greater impact

By Sabina Rogers and Fred Stuart

In countries like India, microfinance can be a valuable tool for providing the financing that the poor need to maintain their health. And for microfinance to achieve its goal of providing financial security to the poor, it has to address health security. Sabina Rogers of the Microcredit Summit Campaign describes how the two sectors could collaborate to expand health care access to hundreds of millions.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How to Be an International Dealmaker: Market nudges are building global vaccine markets

By Angela Rastegar Campbell and Ya’ir Aizenman

Vaccines are effective and relatively inexpensive health interventions but, for a variety of reasons, many potential vaccines are never developed, distributed or tailored to work effectively in the Global South. Recent risk reduction measures, however, show promise toward reducing vaccine prices and increasing access while engaging manufacturers and stimulating innovation in the market.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Failure to Launch: Why mobile money hasn't taken off in Nigeria - and how the sector can turn things around

By Mike McCaffrey and Annabel Lee

In contrast to other African countries, Nigeria's digital finance sector has yet to take off, with one survey finding that just 0.01 percent of Nigerians have a mobile money account. Critics suggest the lack of progress is due to banks rather than telecoms leading the charge. But research from the Helix Institute of Digital Finance suggests that other factors may be responsible - and points toward some solutions.

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