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Old Problems, New Solutions: Harnessing Technology and Innovation in the Fight against Global Poverty

"This document comprises several policy briefs 1)The Innovation Revolution and its Implications for Development – the authors explore how technology-driven innovations in finance, management and accountability can catalyze scaled up development inte…

The State of ICT in South Africa

There is extensive evidence now that, as technology evolves from basic voice services to that of broadband, the value of networks increases exponentially with significant multiplier effects impacting positively on economic growth and individual well…

Exploring Fintech Solutions for Women

New digital technologies are revolutionizing the financial services industry around the world. Africa has been an innovation hub in this area, due to its rapid adoption of mobile communication networks. How might the explosion of fintech platforms…

Information, Price, and Barriers to Adoption and Usage of Mobile Money: Evidence from a Field Experiment in the Gambia

Mobile money has been heralded as a way to foster financial inclusion. While it has become popular in developing countries, most notably in African nations, there are still strong barriers to its adoption and usage. The purpose of this study is to e…

Digitising Financial Services: A Tool for Financial Inclusion in South Africa?

Financial inclusion offers incremental and complementary solutions to tackle poverty, promote inclusive development and address the Sustainable Development Goals. This paper examines financial inclusion and provides a macro view of the overall benef…

Navigating COVID-19: Africa Women and Digital Financial Access in South Africa and Nigeria

Not unlike the rest of the world, COVID-19 related socioeconomic shocks in South Africa and Nigeria are disproportionately experienced by women due to persistent pre-pandemic gender inequalities that affect access to economic opportunities. Digital …

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