Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
The MasterCard Foundation works with visionary organizations to provide greater access to education, skills training and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Africa. As one of the largest private foundations its work is guided by its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion to create an inclusive and equitable world. Based in Toronto, Canada, its independence was established by Mastercard when the Foundation was created in 2006. For more information and to sign up for the Foundation’s newsletter, please visit www.mastercardfdn.org. Follow the Foundation at @MastercardFdn on Twitter.
Savings:The Forgotten Half of Financial Interventions
Collection of posts from an online speakers corner hosted by MicroSave that seeks to shed light on three main broad subjects. The first set of discussions revolves around the needs of the poor—what do low income clients want from a savings product? The second set of discussions look at questions arising for the supplier of microfinance services: What factors inhibit service providers from offering financial services? How will new delivery systems such as e-banking, or the growing acceptance of fee-based systems, affect this? Finally, the third set of discussions continues with a special focus on delivering savings services in difficult (for example remote or post conflict) areas.