Financial Inclusion

What Have We Learned from Sandboxes and Innovation Offices?

If properly regulated, technology-enabled financial services such as mobile payments, peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, alternative credit scoring, and new forms of savings and insurance, can accelerate the rise in financial inclusion for the 1.7 billion people worldwide who do not have

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Experian Expands Innovation Lab to Tackle Financial Inclusion

Experian, a consumer financial data service provider is currently expanding its Experian X Labs, an innovation lab looking into becoming an Asia Pacific incubator and collaboration center. The goal is partly to address the gaps in financial inclusion well-known amongst

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PLDT’s Voyager Seals US$40M Investment from IFC

Voyager Innovations, the fintech arm of the Philippines’ top digital telecommunications firm PLDT Inc, has sealed a US$40 million investment from International Finance Corp (IFC), and IFC Emerging Asia Fund with both acquiring a minority stake in the company. Voyager

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Vietnam’s Unbanked Can Now Get Credit Cards With Just A Phone And Good Behaviour

Personal finance comparison website GoBear and alternative credit scoring provider CredoLab announced that they’re teaming up to launch Easy Apply, a smartphone app that enables banks, financial institutions and lenders to extend credit to a larger pool of customers while

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Banking Services Coming to 7-Eleven Stores in South East Asia

7-Eleven outlets across Asia have begun offering banking services. In Thailand, a pilot program starting October 31 will enable 20 million customers of Government Savings Bank to deposit and withdraw funds at more than 10,000 convenient stores across the country.

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PH Fintech Firm Voyager Gets $175m Investment From KKR, Tencent

Global investment firm KKR, and China-based internet services provider Tencent Holdings Ltd separately acquired a substantial minority stake worth $175 million in Philippine-based fintech company Voyager Innovations, marking the largest investment to date in a Philippine technology company. The latest

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Why Go-Jek Got Its Eye (and Business) on Peer-To-Peer Lending in Indonesia

Go-Jek, Indonesia’s unicorn darling just announced that they will be partnering with peer-to-peer (P2P) lending firms Findaya, Dana Cita and Aktivaku.to which marks them as yet another ride-hailing giant dabbling in financial services. The company’s decision to join the lending

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Fintech for Financial Inclusion in Vietnam

Fintech companies, which leverage technology and digital platforms to provide financial services at lower cost and wider, better access, have a key role to play in Vietnam where only 59% of the population have a formal bank account. A paper

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World Bank Global Findex : Indonesia Leads in Financial Inclusion Progress

The latest Global Financial Inclusion Index (“Findex”) database released today by the World Bank finds that Indonesia’s financial inclusion has made the most progress, across East Asia and the Pacific, in bringing its citizens into the formal financial system in

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Avatec: Next-Generation Digital Credit Assessment Solution for Indonesia

United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) and Pintec Technology Holdings Limited (PINTEC) announced the launch of their joint venture, Avatec.ai . Avatec aims to help banks and finance companies to be more efficient and more accurate when assessing the credit quality of

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