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Taking the Jeff Bezos Approach to Building Your Own Startup

  • By
  • Eric Tyler,
  • New America Foundation
December 5, 2013 |

India May Benefit from Financial Access Initiative | The Hindu

October 19, 2013

Less than a year ago a report on financial access of the poor in India, authored by the New America Foundation think-tank, found that despite the Indian government’s “ambitious attempts in recent years to provide financial services to its poorest citizens” the desired effect had not been achieved with “65 per cent of adults excluded from the formal financial sector.”

Beyond the Buzz

  • By
  • Jamie M. Zimmerman,
  • Julia Arnold,
  • Elizabeth Carls,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Lex Nowak and Vinay Rao (Global Assets Project)
September 12, 2013

Although low-income youth in the developing world tend to lead relatively complex financial lives, many do so without access to the financial tools and knowledge that might benefit them. Increasing their financial inclusion—or the access and capabilities necessary to use appropriate, typically formal, financial products and services—could help low-income youth better navigate the financial landscape and ultimately contribute to their economic empowerment.

Hope or Hype? Five Obstacles to Mobile Money Innovations for Youth Financial Services

  • By
  • Jamie M. Zimmerman,
  • Julia Arnold,
  • New America Foundation
September 12, 2013 |

Seen as a critical enabler of young people’s economic empowerment, youth financial inclusion has galvanized support and activity all over the world, garnering attention from policymakers, the financial sector, practitioners, and researchers. At the same time, technology, particularly the mobile phone, is increasingly seen as a potential tool to bridge gaps in information, products, and services to poor people worldwide. Services like M-PESA in Kenya have sparked interest and attention around the mobile phone’s potential to accelerate the pace toward global financial inclusion.

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