Posts by Matt Mossman
After a group of six studies published in January found that its benefits are modest at best, microcredit is stuck at a crossroads, says Matt Mossman. But as debate continues amongst practitioners about how to react to the new data, the findings could spark changes in the funding landscape for the sector.
Is the Base of the Pyramid concept in need of a recharge? That’s what two of its founding fathers think. Along with some re-energizing, it’s a concept that could use some humility as well. This introspection and evaluation comes at a time when many others at the intersection of commerce and development are doing the same thing.
Why Insurers are Partnering with Telcos to Bring Microinsurance to the BoP: CGAP report explores the status of this young industry
Recent growth in microinsurance has come mostly in Africa and mainly in low-income countries, according to a recent report from CGAP. These products are small-scale insurance policies reliant on mobile phones for some combination of sign-up, payment and administration. Providers have been experimenting to learn what works and why.
Africa’s Microinsurance Maze: Early trial-and-error efforts could lead to coverage for 1 billion in 2013
Insurers, mobile-phone companies and behind-the-scenes administrators also involved have learned that mobile networks and microinsurance are potentially a great fit. The challenge for the future is getting people to pay.