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Covering a broad set of issues in financial-sector development, our research explores the role of the financial sector and financial services in improving societal outcomes. This exploratory research generates local knowledge, informed by a global understanding, thereby achieving a powerful and mutually reinforcing impact cycle.

Behavioural Science


Behavioural science seeks to understand the underlying factors that influence judgements and decision-making. These can relate to the individual or to the contextual environment. Someone living with very little income, for example, will find it more ...
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Data and Analytics


Data can play an integral role in all aspects of financial inclusion development. Innovative ways of collecting, analysing and storing data can lower the cost of up-to-date, high-quality geospatial data on financial access points or help banks offer ...
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Financial Policy and Regulation


We use our expertise in a variety of financial sectors, in advising the development of inclusion-friendly financial-sector policy and regulation. The work we do on any component of the financial sector is always placed within the broader financial po...
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Insurance for development


Governments and donors are increasingly recognising the potential of insurance and improved risk management to contribute to broader policy and development objectives. They do this, for example, through the de-risking of value chains to improve produ...
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Integrity – AML/CFT and Combatting Illicit Flows


Anti-money laundering (AML) and combatting the financing of terrorism (CFT) regulation in combatting illicit flows is currently one of the primary international financial-sector standards that may, if not carefully implemented, have an impact on fina...
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Measurement in Financial Inclusion


The increasing prominence of financial inclusion as a tool for development and growth has spawned extensive data-gathering initiatives to measure, understand and improve it. The result is a variety of new measurement frameworks that leverage this dat...
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Microinsurance and Health Financing


Microinsurance refers to the provision of insurance to lower-income households. If appropriately designed and intermediated, insurance products can play an important role in reducing vulnerability for low-income households as well as presenting profi...
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Remittances


Cross-border and domestic money transfers play a critical role in the financial strategies of low-income households and present many opportunities to extend financial inclusion. Our extensive research on remittances spans sub-Saharan Africa and fo...
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Technology and Distribution


Distribution of financial services is a key constraint to extending financial services to low-income markets. Traditional networks are often costly, cumbersome and intimidating for low-income clients to use. As a result, much attention is currently p...
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