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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 placed on the development of new technologies (e.g. mobile phones) and business models (e.g. branchless banking) and on creating the regulatory space for these models to develop.

Embracing technology in this regard will benefit not only the extension of banking networks, but also the distribution of all other non-bank financial services. We, therefore, see this as a key focus area in support of financial inclusion.

Our work on new technology and distribution spans Africa and Latin America.

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