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Jake Kendall

Title Deputy Director of Research and Innovation, Financial Services for the Poor
Organization Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Jake Kendall is the Deputy Director of Research and Innovation on the Financial Services for the Poor team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Posts By Jake Kendall

Global Findex: The main facts and figures you should know about financial inclusion around the world

The Global Findex is a massive database that tracks account ownership and use, savings, and payments around the world. Here are some of the key results from the newly released wave of 2014 data.

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Two Challenges to Help Two Billion Reach Financial Security

Last fall, through Grand Challenges Exploration (GCE), we solicited applications from organizations large and small, calling for novel ways to promote universal acceptance of mobile payment systems among merchants who sell goods to the world’s poor. We want to continue exploring this challenge—and expand with a new call to action—for our second round of applications, launching today.

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Big Data and How it Can Serve Development

Our personal and digital interactions are being recorded in data warehouses around the world. In developed markets we see a value exchange for this “big data;” individuals elect to trade personal information for life-enhancing services (better deals, more precise GPS directions, improved credit access, etc.) However, the proliferation of personal data now has individuals rightly concerned that their information is overexposed: that companies and governments know too much.

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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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Is there Revenue Potential by Shifting Cash to Digital in Africa?

The Gallup data show that, currently, an average of 54 percent of adults in sub-Saharan Africa make one or more long-distance payments in a given month, totaling approximately five billion transactions annually. The total volume of these flows is roughly $760 billion, and conservatively 50 to 60 percent of the transactions are in cash (its likely closer to 70-80%). With a conservative estimate of revenues at 2 percent of volume, this results in annual revenues of about $6.6 billion from electronic payments.

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