Digital Financial Services

Financial solutions delivered over mobile and digital channels, typically enabling greater reach than traditional banking channels.  Services may include transactional or payments solutions that enhance client productivity or purchasing power.

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Media: Data Analytics (DA) has the potential to unlock groundbreaking opportunities for investors and farmers in smallholder finance. Financial Service Providers, Digital Service Providers, and donors must work together to realize this potential. Watch our video below to learn more about the business case for data analytics.
Farmland
Analysis: Opportunities and lessons learned from connecting financial services with technology solutions for smallholder farmers.
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The changes involved when a financial institution ‘goes digital’ touches all levels of...

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Analysis: The fifth Learning Brief in the Lab’s research series, this brief aims to provide a high level understanding of how data analytics is used for smallholder farmers, introduce a new framework to understand the economics of data analytic investments, and highlight key innovators in the space.
Analysis: Building Inclusive Payment Ecosystems in Tanzania and Ghana published by CGAP, offers insight into how Digital Financial Services (DFS) transformed the financial services ecosystem in Tanzania and Ghana.
Analysis: The Digitizing Agricultural Payments publication, jointly published by CGAP and the United Nations Capital Development Fund, highlights how The United Nations Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P) and Kyagalanyi Coffee Limited (KCL) created a system to digitize payments to KCL’s 6,000 certified farmers, in Uganda.
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International Finance Corporation (IFC) supports institutions seeking to develop digital financial services (DFS)...

Smallholder finance
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In 2016, the Mastercard Foundation and IFC’s Partnership for Financial Inclusion Program jointly...

Going far, together
Analysis: In this short focus note, RAF Learning Lab partner, Mercy Corps Agrifin Accelerate (AFA) Program, collaborated with the Mediae Company by providing a financial education mentor and developing a Web-based budgeting tool to accompany the reality TV show called Don’t Lose the Plot as part of a strategy to engage young people in farming as a business, leveraging digital tools and services.
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Media: In this seven-minute video, the Lab digs deep into business model sustainability by following the Musoni Kenya team to understand how going digital can help achieve scale and drive profitability.

Digital Financial Services

Financial solutions delivered over mobile and digital channels, typically enabling greater reach than traditional banking channels.  Services may include transactional or payments solutions that enhance client productivity or purchasing power.