NextBillion Series.

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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.

  • Survival Guide for Raising Capital

    Social entrepreneurs and impact investors often speak different languages – and their divergent priorities can lead to misunderstandings and mutual frustration. This series will explore the kinds of support entrepreneurs most need from investors – and the things investors wish more entrepreneurs understood.

  • Course Corrections

    Sometimes big dreams don’t translate to big profits. Other times, profits outstrip social impact – and new products or strategies lead to unexpected consequences for an enterprise or its customers. When does it make sense to compromise your social mission, change your business model or strategy, sell out to a bigger company – or shift from for-profit to nonprofit (or vice versa)? Whatever the reason, this series will feature candid stories of social enterprise transitions – and useful insights on how to execute them successfully.

  • High Tech Buzzwords

    There’s been a lot of attention in the global development sector on a number of buzz-worthy innovations – from artificial intelligence and robotics, to drones, blockchain and the sharing economy. What will be the true impact of these innovations on low-income communities in emerging markets and beyond, and how are they currently being put to use on the ground? This series explores these questions in detail.

  • Offline Innovation

    We all love digital innovation, but we’ve noticed a tendency, on and off NextBillion, to make “innovation” synonymous with “the latest app” – and this leaves out an intriguing array of advances happening offline. This series will feature these developments – from water pumps and cold chain storage, to new applications for 3D printing and feats of ingenious engineering.