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David Saunders


Before  joining Cenfri in 2012, David worked as a fellow at the ILO Microinsurance Innovation Facility in Geneva, Switzerland, supporting the activities of the knowledge team. Prior to that, he worked as an assistant project manager at the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) in Bangkok, Thailand.

David has been bringing together and packaging Cenfri’s work in financial inclusion, supporting projects across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has worked with Cenfri’s research teams to produce and share knowledge generated through Cenfri’s Making Access Possible (MAP) diagnostic programme, the insight2impact data facility and microinsurance and retail payments thematic work. He has also coordinated and developed open-enrolment and in-housing training on microinsurance and national payment systems in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

He was part of the core team responsible for generating the Making Access Possible (MAP) global insight series, which drew on research conducted in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Swaziland and Thailand and which explored the behaviour of government, providers and consumers in the market for financial services. He has also generated research focused on the potential of mobile phones and technology more broadly to unlock valuable and viable financial services in developing countries.

Qualifications
  • Bachelor degree in economics, Furman University in South Carolina
Recent Content by David Saunders
Micropensions and the future of work
Learning from the emerging world  Earlier this month, we attended the World Bank Group Annual Meetings in Washington D.C. At the [...]
Delivering on the promise of digitising payments in Zambia
Digital financial inclusion holds great promise. A McKinsey report last year found that digital finance could add up to $3.7 trillion to [...]
Talking about data in the land of a thousand hills
Data plays an integral role in all aspects of financial inclusion. Over the next two days, it will feature prominently in deepening our understandi...
Jumping to conclusions
Have you heard of the Fosbury Flop? Probably not. But you’d know one if you saw it. It’s the technique that high jumpers use when jumping [...]
Equal access in ASEAN – illusion or reality?
This blog series stimulates a broader discussion on gendered financial inclusion in ASEAN. We examine why women’s access to financial services [...]
Facilitating market development to advance financial inclusion
CGAP’s focus note, Facilitating Market Development to Advance Financial Inclusion, presents FinMark Trust as a “facilitator” [...]