Financial Inclusion | August 12, 2017

Aging rockers, an average movie and mostly Austrian philosophers join forces in The Brief Quiz №27

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Welcome to the Quiz, our reprieve from a world with too much in the way of certainty and too little time for questions. We know we know nothing. What about you?

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1. Which of the following statements is not true:

a. Smallholder farmers are investable.
b. Current investments fall short of the $200 billion needed each year for smallholders to grow their businesses and improve livelihoods.
c. Agtech is proliferating.
d. I once owned a blue Toyota Accord.

2. What’s Lean Data?

a. Me, briefly, after I did that Whole30 thing.
b. Acumen’s effort to drive down costs for impact measurement and significantly increase the value to enterprises of gathering data.
c. Just less data.
d. A small business with a google review that says: “Nice office, located right next to the Bart station.”

3. Meanwhile (complete the sentence), we learn that “businesses ______ draw from standards to develop impact metrics.”

a. Religiously.
b. Unfortunately.
c. Graciously.
d. Rarely.

4. Complete the sentence: Malawi has _____:

a. A topography of highlands split by the Great Rift Valley and enormous Lake Malawi
b. Earmarked $385 million to plant 20 million trees and restore millions of hectares of degraded lands by 2030.
c. A new bike program sponsored by Rihanna.
d. All of the above.

5. What often prevents cities from switching to LED street-lights?

a. Capital costs.
b. Haha, the “switch,” haha, so good.
c. LED bulbs were in short supply at ALDI’s this morning.
e. Fruitless hopes for that Page and Plant reunion (and yes we cranked that answer up to “e”).

6. What’s the Trump Effect on ESG funds according to Morningstar?

a. A cold shower.
b. A hot shower with steam outlets on the side.
c. Galvanizing.
d. Nada: markets are too disconnected from the real world.

7. The bots are back! What could (they) save us from this time?

a. Our own ignorance.
b. Pandemics.
c. Accidentally starting nuclear wars.
d. Forgetting Sarah Marshall, in a much-anticipated sequel.

8. How might bitcoin help the remittance market?

a. Lower fees and faster transactions.
b. What’s bitcoin? Also, what’s remittance?
c. Hiding transfers from tax authorities.
d. Increasing wealth disparities to the benefit of developed economies, ergo encouraging money transfers.

9. Did we mention the Brief is taking a two-week break?

a. The what?
b. You did, and you wrote us a letter.
c. You might have but it doesn’t matter because I’m not reading this.
d. If you did but were alone in the forest, did it really happen?

Well that was time well spent. You can rest your neurons, the Quiz will be back on 1 September.

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Answers: 1d, 2b (and unsurprisingly: d), 3d, 4d, 5a, 6c, 7b, 8a, 9 it’s a matter of perspective.