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Rodger Voorhies

Title Director, Financial Services for the Poor
Organization Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Rodger Voorhies is the Director of the Financial Services for the Poor program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

For nearly 20 years prior to joining the foundation, Rodger established and grew successful, sustainable, and innovative organizations in the emerging markets of Africa and Eastern Europe. Working in some of the poorest countries of the world, Rodger has applied practical solutions–using advanced technical, academic, and professional research–that were adopted by hundreds of thousands of poor households and communities. Rodger received his Master of Management from Northwestern University, where he also pursued doctoral studies in Organizational Behavior and Sociology. He received his Bachelor of Science from Biola University in California.

Posts By Rodger Voorhies

Bill Gates at Sibos: Banking is Changing

Bill Gates gave the closing plenary at Sibos, where he relayed an important message to the financial community: Banking is changing. And some of the biggest innovation in the next wave of personal finance is actually coming from poor countries, where 2.5 billion people currently don’t participate in traditional financial services.

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The Building Blocks and the Blueprint

New mobile finance platforms give so much more freedom to innovate and create financial services and interfaces with a much richer feature set and user experience than would be possible with classic financial products.

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A Big Step Forward in India's Financial Inclusion Deliberations

Electronic payments are the connective tissue of a financial system.

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A Digital Pathway to Financial Inclusion

In a new paper entitled “A Digital Pathway to Financial Inclusion,” we present a growing body of evidence which indicates that connecting poor people to a digital financial system will generate sizable welfare benefits. We also argue that countries will not bridge the cash-digital divide in one giant leap. Instead, countries will pass through several stages of market development along the path to an inclusive digital economy.

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Is Cash the Enemy of the Poor?

While cash will most likely have a role in developing economies for many years to come, there is emerging evidence that connecting poor people to digital payment systems can help them get and stay out of poverty

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