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  • Accelerating Inclusive Fintech

    Since 2016, Catalyst Fund has been accelerating fintech startups targeting the bottom of the pyramid, bringing to bear BFA’s deep expertise in the financial behaviors and needs of low-income customers in emerging markets. This series, sponsored by BFA, explores the initiative's work and impact.

  • Digitization and Financial Services

    FIBR is an initiative of BFA in partnership with Mastercard Foundation to create new ways to connect low-income populations to financial services that meet their needs. This series, sponsored by BFA, explores key learnings from the initiative.

  • Improving Customer Financial Health

    BFA and MetLife Foundation created OPTIX (Optimizing Performance Through Improved Cross(X)-Sell) to support financial institutions in building better portfolios of products for their low-income customers. This series, sponsored by BFA, shares insights from the project.

  • RegTech for Regulators

    The RegTech for Regulators Accelerator (R2A) partners with leading financial sector authorities to pioneer the next generation of tools and techniques for regulation, market supervision, and policy analysis. This series, sponsored by BFA, explores these issues.

  • Scaling Up Without Selling Out

    Wall Street players are becoming impact investors. Inclusive fintech innovations are reaching – and raising – billions. Social enterprises both large and small are scaling up and branching out. How can social businesses move forward without compromising their values – or exhausting themselves or their teams? This series will highlight thought-provoking views and new solutions as the impact sector moves into the mainstream.

  • By Women, For Women: Leaders and Innovations in Gender Equity

    From philanthropy to investing to entrepreneurship, women face unique challenges in their quests to make an impact. And yet in spite of cultural and systemic hurdles, women continue to rise through the ranks of impact-focused firms, smashing old paradigms and creating better, more inclusive business models.

  • New Frontiers in Renewable Energy

    Just five years ago, many viewed the renewable energy sector in emerging markets as the domain of CSR projects and small-scale investments – interesting endeavors perhaps, but nowhere near impactful. That dynamic is changing – fast. This series will highlight the innovators, disruptors and intrepid analysts who are pioneering the new world of energy in emerging markets.

  • Financial Inclusion and the SDGs

    What role should financial inclusion play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals? Is it crucial to these efforts, or relatively unimportant? Opinions on these questions vary widely, and NextBillion has published a growing number of posts that offer very different perspectives. We've gathered these viewpoints into this series.

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