More than 22 million people live below the poverty line in Bangladesh, accounting for around 13 percent of the population. Despite social and political instability, however, huge inroads have been made to improve economic growth. The small business sector is … Read More
Outstanding results delivered by world class financial sector experts An accessible, efficient, and responsive financial system is a crucial driver of inclusive growth. Actors at all levels of the economy — from households and small businesses to corporations and governments … Read More
February 13, 2017—Nathan’s India office recently analyzed the financial technology sector in India for the British High Commission in New Delhi. Financial technology, called fintech, is relatively new in India but has already attracted an investment of over $2.5 billion.
Nathan was commissioned by the British High Commission to conduct a scoping study on the fintech industry in India and provide an evidence-based assessment of its growth potential. The study team proposed using a market systems diagnostic framework to map … Read More
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a part of the World Bank Group, commissioned an end-of program evaluation of the Bangladesh Investment Climate Fund (BICF), an 8 year fund with two halves of operation. The first which took place prior to … Read More
Facilitating inclusive finance in Africa
The Fund for Rural Prosperity aims to improve agricultural productivity by enabling farmers and others in rural Africa to access and use the banking system: farmers need to be able to open savings accounts in order to create a reserve, buy affordable insurance to protect against unforeseen harm, and borrow at the right time in order to invest in agricultural improvement.
So far financial service providers have largely ignored smallholder farmers and others living in rural Africa, either because of distances involved, low population densities or the perception that poor people have little disposable income. However when smallholder farmers and others living in rural areas are able to access financial products or services specifically designed for their needs, they embrace and use them, giving financial service providers new clients who may remain with them for life, and who ultimately can have a positive impact on the bottom line. Meanwhile obstacles of distance and low population density can be addressed with the smart use of emerging technologies.
To accelerate the process, in 2014 The MasterCard Foundation launched a $50m challenge fund, The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity, running two competitions per year over three years, in 24 countries. One competition seeks innovative ideas for bringing affordable and appropriate financial products and services to rural Africa. The second supports the scaling up of these ideas once proven.
Nathan is supporting KPMG in the implementation of this programme, which aims to enable approximately one million financially excluded people access to financial services in rural and agricultural areas.… Read More
Nearly 15 years of strong growth has resulted in Zambia becoming a middle-income country. Yet levels of poverty have remained intractably high (60.5% in 2010). A major reason why growth has not resulted in greater reduction in poverty levels is … Read More
LIFT aims to improve the incomes of the rural poor in Ethiopia through improved land tenure security and addressing the constraints faced by the rural poor to access markets. The programme aims to achieve this through three components: 1 Land … Read More
For MicroSave, a microfinance institution in India funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Nathan provided quantitative expertise for an empirical study and evaluation of best practices in building and managing agent networks for effective delivery of inclusive digital … Read More
For developing countries, economic growth through increases in trade is the fastest way to reduce poverty. In the East African Community, this requires improving competitiveness of exports at national and regional level, particularly since the EAC market must operate in … Read More