Savings for the Poor: Banking on Mobile Phones

Categories : Customer and Users of Digital Payments, Microfinance credit savings and insurance


Author: Ignacio Mas

The paper by Ignacio Mas reviews the relevance of formal financial services – and in particular savings – to poor people, the economic factors that have hindered the mass-scale delivery of such services in developing countries, and the technology-based opportunities that exist today to make massive gains in financial inclusion. It also highlights the benefits to government from universal financial access, as well as the key policy enablers that would need to be put in place to allow the necessary innovation and investments to take place.