During my last trip to Mexico, I bought tamales from a street vendor and paid by card—something that would have been impossible not long ago. The vendor, who had a Bluetooth card reader connected…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

Low and volatile agricultural incomes, poor connectivity, low population density and limited information are just a few reasons that have kept commercial banks away of rural areas in developing…

Miriam Bruhn, Claudia Ruiz, Rekha Reddy |

Photo: ITDP Africa/Flickr The World Bank Group (WBG) is currently implementing a new approach to development finance that will help better support our poverty reduction and shared prosperity goals…

Daniel Pulido |

The debate on whether the state should play an active role in broadening access to finance or not is one that has lingered for decades. A recent book (de la Torre, Gozzi, and Schmukler, 2017)…

Sergio Schmukler, Facundo Abraham |

Many countries are experiencing urbanization within the context of increased decentralization and fiscal adjustment. This puts sub-national entities (local governments, utilities and state-owned…

Kirti Devi, Luciana Guimaraes Drummond E Silva |

This page in: Arabic | Français | 中文 In a world divided over how to deal with such serious problems as terrorism, immigration, free trade, and climate change, governments agree on the urgency of…

Luis Triveno, Michael J. Lea |

I recently visited the small villages nestled in the mountains between Oaxaca and Veracruz to meet with women entrepreneurs running small forestry, toymaking, ecotourism and coffee businesses. I…

Jorge Familiar |

Earlier this month, development banks from around the world took stock of where they stand and where they see their efforts having the greatest impact at a meeting organized by the World Bank and…

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu |

Last month, I traveled to Mexico to attend the launch of the country’s national financial inclusion policy. The launch was an important milestone for the country, since just 44% of adults have…

Gloria M. Grandolini |

Daily chores of rural women in Himachal Pradesh. Photo Credit: Michael Foley on Flickr Creative Commons

Maitreyi Bordia Das |