NexThought Monday: Our inaugural podcast – a conversation with the MasterCard Foundation’s Ann Miles
In April, the MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity awarded over $10 million to five innovative companies working to increase financial access in rural Africa. In NextBillion's inaugural podcast, we spoke to Ann Miles, Director of Financial Inclusion & Youth Livelihoods at the MasterCard Foundation, about the competition's winners and the broader digital financial inclusion space in Africa.
The sharing economy isn't built on apps or smartphones. Its foundation is something far less high tech: paper. Specifically, legal papers related to property such as deeds, titles, leases and the institutions that uphold them. But those documents, and the rights that go with them, are far too scarce for the poor. How some countries are transforming their property rights and land tenure systems, and why the development community should take notice.
- Financial Inclusion
Weekly Roundup: Big Upside of Small Farmers; Using the Bully Pulpit to Fight a Bully; It’s Good to Be Ultra-Rich
What if some of the most marginalized people on the planet – the proverbial “smallholder farmers” with a small plot and an even smaller number of livestock – could command the attention of powerful telecom and technology players? Here’s another question: What if it’s already happening?
Ebola was always an emergency within an emergency, says Faruque Ahmed, executive director of BRAC International. Now, with the immediate threat of the disease gone, West Africans have the much-needed space to shift their energies back to tackling the even greater scourge of rural poverty and powerlessness.
From the Farm to the World, on a Plate : In Colombia, improving value for farmers, supply chains and the environment
Crepes & Waffles, a well-known Colombian restaurant chain, is developing a pilot project to connect agro-biodiversity products with companies from the gourmet food sector. This initiative is based on the premise that higher-value and higher demand for organic products with agricultural biodiversity will encourage farmers to cultivate these varieties and, thus, contribute to the preservation of native species in the process.
July’s Most Popular Posts on NextBillion: From the value of female mobile money agents to the power of Latin America’s BoP
From the benefits of training women as mobile money agents to the remarkable size and vibrancy of Latin America's BoP, the month of July brought some compelling content to NextBillion. We highlight the three most-read and most-shared posts of the month.
UPDATE: Powerful Partnership: Teaching case spells out how Walmart and USAID collaborate to meet global challenges
When Walmart started striving for greater social impact through its supply chains and the U.S. Agency for International Development came to embrace the private sector, a unique collaboration was formed. A new teaching case explains how these high-powered partners are seeking integrated solutions to increasingly complex global problems.
The Key to Fighting Poverty in Africa: Could unlocking smallholder finance solve both the continent’s food and employment challenges?
Small and mid-sized agribusinesses are a vital link in Africa’s local and regional agriculture markets. They're also key to building an inclusive African economy able to absorb a workforce that’s set to double in size over the next 25 years, and to feeding a continent that is hungrier now than ever. There’s only one problem: Commercial banks won’t lend to them.