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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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Challenge Accepted, $100,000 to Prove It

Building a digital economy that benefits everyone takes more than just getting the right technology and infrastructure in place. Economies are about people, first and foremost—and if people don’t actively adopt and use mobile money in their everyday lives, building a digital economy is near impossible.

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Herding mosquitos, peanut butter antibiotics, and LEDs that guess your age – just a few of the great ideas funded in Grand Challenges Explorations Round 14

After seven years and 14 rounds of Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE), you might think we’re finding the world to be out of big, bold ideas. But the challenge of “One great idea, $100,000 to prove it” continues to strike a chord with innovators around the world. This round, we received over 1,800 applications from 109 countries presenting creative solutions to the six challenges we posed. We are pleased to announce 52 awards to researchers in 19 countries.

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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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Mobile money usage in Bangladesh: A side-by-side comparison of demand and supply side data

In just a few short years bKash has made a significant impact on the financial landscape in Bangladesh. However, while the proportion of customers with registered accounts appears to be growing, data suggests that the majority of overall users still access the services via over-the-counter (OTC) transactions.

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