Move over fintech. Human agents drive financial inclusion

Technology is helping give more people access to payment, saving, loan and investment services. But Greta Bull, head of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, says the real game changer is distribution. The key to M-Pesa’s mobile payments system, for example, is its network of agents who allow customers to convert cash to digital

Trump is like the dog that caught the fire truck

By Dennis Price and David Bank It may be foolish to think that Donald Trump actually has solutions for addressing the wave of anger he rode into the White House. He’s spent decades stiffing contractors, outsourcing jobs and avoiding taxes. But if he’s looking for good ideas, let’s show him where to find some. There are at least

‘Chicago Model’: MacArthur, Calvert and Chicago Community Trust Launch $100 Million Local Fund

A collaborative $100 million fund to finance education and child care, healthy food and affordable housing, and energy conservation and jobs in Chicago, may become a national model for a new way to harness the interest of impact investors in local social enterprises. The MacArthur Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust and Calvert Foundation launched Benefit

Kiva Founder Turns Marc Andreessen’s Head Toward Africa

The new new thing in Silicon Valley? Global development. The latest data point: Venture capital powerhouse Andreessen-Horowitz’s investment in Branch, its first in a U.S.-based company targeting the Africa market. Branch has closed a $9.2 million series A round that also includes earlier investors Formation 8 and the Khosla Impact Fund. Andreessen-Horowitz is betting on Matt

Kiva Founder Turns Marc Andreessen’s Head Toward Africa

The new new thing in Silicon Valley? Global development. The latest data point: Venture capital powerhouse Andreessen-Horowitz’s investment in Branch, its first in a U.S.-based company targeting the Africa market. Branch has closed a $9.2 million series A round that also includes earlier investors Formation 8 and the Khosla Impact Fund. Andreessen-Horowitz is betting on Matt Flannery,

Using Cell Phone Data to Establish Credit Scores in Latin America

First-time borrowers face a classic chicken or the egg dilemma: a borrower needs a good credit score to get a loan but needs a track record of repaying loans to establish a good credit score. Increasingly though, another, more ubiquitous measure of creditworthiness is all consumers will need: their cell phone data. In Latin America, for

PayPal Enlists Village Capital to Bring ‘New Money’ to the Global Unbanked

Dan Schulman, the CEO of PayPal, is on a mission to extend digital payments to the 2.5 billion unbanked people around the world. He is enlisting Village Capital, the scrappy business accelerator and venture capital firm, to help find local companies that can help. PayPal and Village Capital will support roughly 40 financial technology entrepreneurs who