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After five years, the insight2impact (i2i) programme hosted by Cenfri and FinMark Trust and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation has come to an end. i2i supported policymakers, financial service providers and development partners to harness the power of data to advance financial-sector development and improve financial inclusion.

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Innovating for sustainable data collection: Generating ‘gold standard’ survey data – for 75% less cost
Traditional face-to-face surveys are regarded as the gold standard for financial inclusion surveys, as they use probability sampling methods and train [...]
Sizing the ‘grey economy’: Using geospatial data to uncover the true extent of the MSME sector in emerging markets
The micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector is arguably the biggest employer in many economies, particu [...]
The power of individuals
Why formal institutions aren’t the only ones driving Africa’s innovation and fintech space. [...]
Openi2i conversations – a mentor’s experience on DataHack4FI and the Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science
Have you had a look at insight2impact’s Openi2i series yet? Openi2i is an initiative of Cenfri and Finmark Trust focused on sharing some of the [...]
Learning is an afterthought at most donor-funded programs: Here’s how to make it a priority
Learning within donor-funded programs tends to be an afterthought, despite the millions of dollars funders spend every year on various “learning act [...]
‘Are we there yet?’: How to deal with delays – and other challenges – in acquiring financial transaction data
“Are we there yet?” It’s a familiar refrain to any parent who has taken a child on a long journey – you may even remember the stock replies yo [...]
Finding partners in uncharted territory: How to harness network effects to build relationships when you’re starting from scratch
Learning how to navigate a complex and changing stakeholder landscape is an essential skill for anyone in the so [...]
How can we stop losing our minds? Producing a legacy from development projects, not just a document
Have you ever run, funded or been part of a development project? Have you ever gotten to the end of it and felt that, during the process, everyone [...]
Delivering online skills training in Africa: Three keys to a successful program
The shortage of data science skills is a major challenge for Africa. With relatively few local educational insti [...]
Making technical assistance work in Africa: Three keys to success for financial services providers
It’s not easy delivering data-driven financial services to the financially excluded in Africa’s emerging eco [...]