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A Digital Money Grid for Modern Citizenship: Latin American Scenarios, 2015-25

This paper from Ignacio Mas explores five different transition paths to the realization of an inclusive, affordable, real-time money grid that connects all citizens. The five paths represent different ways to deal with the business model challenges of defeating the tyranny of scale and the construction of fuller customer propositions. They differ fundamentally in terms of: (i) the extent to which progress in the vision toward digital financial services is triggered by stimulating new sources of demand or sustainably structuring the supply side; and (ii) the extent to which the DFS industry is dominated by a player under a closed ecosystem model or competitive under a more open platform model.

Ignacio Mas
Ignacio Mas is a Senior Fellow at CEME at the Fletcher School. He has been deputy director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has held senior telecoms jobs at Vodafone and Intel, and has been adjunct professor at the Business School at the University of Chicago. He holds a SB degree from MIT and a PhD from Harvard.

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