Impact bonds are innovative performance-based contracts between an investor, an outcome funder, and a service provider that tackle a social or environmental challenge. They are a form of public-…

Anna Wellenstein, Inga Afanasieva |

Economic growth, social inclusion, public health, environmental protection… mobility is at the core of many critical issues that have been shaping the global development agenda. This message came…

Nancy Vandycke |

Using Islamic finance for infrastructure development attracted more attention recently in the quest to maximize finance for development. At the recent World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings in Bali, the…

Sara Ahmed, Ashraf Bouajina |

By 2050, two-thirds of all people will live in cities. Each year, 72.8 million more people live in urban areas. That’s the equivalent of a new San Diego appearing every week.   But [[tweetable]]…

Marc Forni |

Also available in: Español Those following the discussions during the IMF and World Bank Group Annual Meetings held in Washington last week will have noticed that our approach toward international…

Hartwig Schafer |

Photo Credit: Women’s World Banking  Two years ago, Visa announced a commitment, alongside other organizations, to provide financial access to 500 million unbanked adults as part of the World Bank…

Stephen Kehoe |

Smallholder farmers, even those in structured value chains such as cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire, are largely unable to access banks, microfinance institutions and other formal financial…

Corinne Riquet |

National financial inclusion targets, better data availability, and transformative business models to provide financial services are helping to accelerate financial inclusion across the globe and…

Helen Luskin Gradstein, Nataliya Mylenko |

  Telenor believes in empowering societies. Motivated by the prospect of building something that can make a difference for customers with very limited access to traditional financial services, we…

Yahya Khan |