When Mastercard made a commitment to bring affordable financial access to 500 million people by 2020 and 40 million micro merchants by 2021, many more promises came with it. In my role, the biggest of those promises is to uncover the systemic causes of financial inclusion among businesses; then gather insights, develop tools and forge …
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PURCHASE, NY, November 1, 2018 – Mastercard and global non-profit Accion today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership to bring their worldwide networks and resources together to transform millions of  underserved micro and small businesses around the world. Through insights, innovations and investments, the organizations will power microbusinesses to successfully operate in, and benefit from, the digital …
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A new white paper outlines lessons learned in banking the unbanked and creating a path to prosperity. Financial inclusion is more than connecting people to a bank account. It is helping level the playing field for small farmers by providing access to buyers, pricing and speedier payments. It is replacing unwieldy paper voucher systems in …
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By 2050, about 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. More than half do today. Beyond the buildings and infrastructure, at the heart of any city is its people. They define the culture, the cuisine, the industry. And as cities get smarter, we must ensure that all citizens are included, especially those …
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“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”. I was reminded of this African proverb when reflecting on the global effort to alleviate hepatitis C. It is estimated that 150 million people worldwide are infected with this liver disease. While a cure exists, the issue is to …
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