The George Floyd protests have sparked calls for solidarity – from the business sector and individuals and governments around the world. But NextBillion editor James Militzer argues that it’s easy to issue a supportive statement or make a modest CSR commitment to diversity – but it’s a lot harder for those with power and money to make the sacrifices necessary for lasting change.
Each year, hundreds (if not thousands) of engaged students eagerly learn the art of social change. But does a career in social impact really begin in the classroom, or out in the “real world?” Long-term social entrepreneur Ken Banks shares a few of the lessons he has learned in practice, which could help students and others start their careers in social innovation.
Over 1 billion people lack reliable access to essential services like sanitation, potable water and electricity - and reaching them remains a stubborn challenge. But as Jacob Winiecki and Malika Anand at BFA point out, the financial inclusion industry has learned a lot about how to serve low-income customers in remote communities. They share four key lessons in this thought-provoking article.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to the financial services industry – particularly in emerging markets. In the second article of this two-part series, analysts at MSC explore seven key measures fintechs are taking to stay relevant, augment their recovery and build their resilience during the crisis.
Weathering a Perfect Storm – Part 1: The Challenges Facing Fintechs in Emerging Markets During COVID-19
Fintechs have proven their potential to deliver financial services to low- and middle-income customers in emerging markets. But even the most innovative approaches can fail in an economy devastated by COVID-19. In this article – the first in a two-part series – analysts at MSC explore the challenges and opportunities the pandemic brings to the fintech sector.