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Financial Inclusion: Technology, Innovation, Progress

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Financial Inclusion: Technology, Innovation, Progress
by United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development

From innovative technology to increased engagement by the private sector, several exciting trends are propelling the world’s impressive gains in financial access, according to the newly released annual report from the UNSGSA. The report also details the many ways in which financial inclusion is driving progress on the development goals.

Despite this progress, however, gaps remain—most notably among women and the poor—and account usage lags behind access. The report details the UNSGSA’s ongoing efforts to address these issues through three key areas of work: ensuring usage and development impact, reaching neglected populations, and creating the right environment for technology-enabled financial inclusion. Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  development  financial inclusion  inclusive business  sector publication  technology 

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Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape Report

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 9, 2018
Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape Report
by the Sanitation Technology Platform (STeP)

STeP released the Sanitation Technology Funder Landscape report in October 2018. Resources to validate new sanitation technologies and prepare for market entry – prerequisites for achieving sustainable, scaled solutions – tend to be quite scarce compared to those available to scale proven solutions. As such, a problematic ‘Pioneer Gap’ exists. This funder landscape seeks to both clarify the ‘Pioneer Gap’ and point readers to potential funding and other resources poised to help fill this problematic gap. Two promising forms of funding are explored in detail: catalytic philanthropy and blended finance leveraging impact investment.

Tags:  2018  sanitation  sector publication  sustainability  technology 

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Hardware Pioneers

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 18, 2016

Hardware Pioneers: Harnessing the Impact Potential of Technology Entrepreneurs

by FSG

A new report from FSG, Hardware Pioneers: Harnessing the Impact Potential of Technology Entrepreneurs, investigates the obstacles to development and scaling faced by those seeking to bring innovative hardware technologies, such as solar lanterns or low-cost medical devices, to people living in poverty throughout developing countries. The report suggests ways in which various sectors can leverage their unique resources to strategically support the journeys of these pioneers, from the initial inspiration to ultimate impact at scale.

Tags:  2016  inclusive business  sector publication  technology 

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Willingness to Pay for Cleaner Water in Less Developed Countries: Systematic Review of Experimental Evidence

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012
Willingness to Pay for Cleaner Water in Less Developed Countries: Systematic Review of Experimental Evidence

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) recently published a systematic review of the evidence on willingness to pay for clean water in developing countries. The researchers found 5 experimental studies that tested households’ demand for point-of-use water purification technologies (such as chlorine and ceramic filters). The results suggest that while the majority of people understood the importance of cleaner water, and the link to diarrhea, actual willingness to pay for it is often less than the cost of the technology.

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Tags:  development  sector publication  technology  Water 

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