Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

An Open-Source Approach to Anti-Poverty

With our partners in the tech and fintech industries, we are proud to announce the release of new open-source software for creating digital payments systems that connect financial providers and poor populations like never before. If we can increase access to digital banking, we can help reduce poverty and build an economy that includes and benefits everyone.

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Want to get gender equality? Involve men, but put women in charge.

Recently, we took a look at our data on community groups across 3 multi-country projects, to see what was most effective for women’s economic empowerment. The answer might surprise you: involve men, but put women in leadership.

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Digital Finance is the New Source of Economic Development

The unbanked people of the world are so much more than a population in need of help. They’re a potential customer base waiting to enter the formal economy—and push it to new heights.

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A phone of her own: How mobile access can change women’s lives

Mobile phone ownership gives women the ability to open a mobile phone-based bank account, an important gateway to financial independence.

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Are Bank Accounts a Key to Happiness?

The benefits of having a bank account are well documented. People with accounts are better able to start businesses. Women who get paid into an account spend more money on their children's health and education.

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