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China Mobile launches PayMax

News | Mobile Payments | 05 Jan 2023

China Mobile has showcased its first digital payments solution PayMax, aiming to offer a financial solution that ensures inclusion in the unbanked sector of Pakistan.

digital payments, product launch, financial services, financial inclusion, unbanked

East leads West: Southeast Asia as the engine of global growth

Voice of the Industry | Payments General | 15 Nov 2022

Southeast Asia leads the change in the world's digital economy, outpacing the US and China. Learn the reasons behind Southeast Asia's explosive digital economy growth in this piece by Stefan Kuhn.

ecommerce, digital payments, e-wallet, financial services, unbanked, cross-border payments, merchants, payments , BNPL, credit card

The importance of women's access to especially designed financial services

Voice of the Industry | Online & Mobile Banking | 25 Jul 2022

SMEs with female ownership represent 30% to 37% of all SMEs in emerging markets. As these businesses have unmet financial needs, Debbie Watkins, CEO of Lucy, explains why helping women entrepreneurs succeed may have a greater impact all round.

financial services, SMEs, banks, cash flow, unbanked, startup, expansion, customer experience, API, financial institutions

Canada's quest for Open Banking – FINAVATOR interview

Interviews | Online & Mobile Banking | 13 Jul 2022

Michelle Beyo, CEO and Founder at FINAVATOR, takes us through the world of Open Banking in Canada; timelines, the bank-fintech relationship, and how Canada addresses the underbanked/unbanked communities, find out all about this in the exclusive interview with FINAVATOR.

Open Banking, unbanked, financial inclusion, regulation, banks, fintech, SMEs

Financial exclusion in the developed markets – a scoping review

Voice of the Industry | Online & Mobile Banking | 13 Jul 2022

Financial exclusion is not just a problem for the population in developing countries; it is also a major issue for advanced economies

financial inclusion, financial services, unbanked

Union54 offers virtual cards in Zambia

News | Online & Mobile Banking | 06 Jul 2022

Union54 has launched in Zambia, offering people an opportunity to own virtual debit cards they can use to pay bills, purchase goods online, and access local and global supply chains.

credit card, debit card, virtual card, unbanked, startup

Ghana's GhIPSS launches GhanaPay mobile money service

News | Mobile Payments | 20 Jun 2022

Ghana-based banking association GhIPSS has rolled out a bank-wide mobile money service to individuals and businesses.

mobile payments, banks, financial inclusion, unbanked, QR code, product launch

DreamStart Labs and KEIPhone provide smartphones to African unbanked women

News | Online & Mobile Banking | 30 May 2022

DreamStart Labs, a US-based provider of digital banking technology for emerging markets, and KEIPhone, a provider of free smartphones for unconnected women, have partnered to bring free fintech-enabled smartphones to unbanked women in Africa.

fintech, unbanked, partnership, digital banking, financial services

FlexID receives funding from Algorand for its blockchain-based identity system

News | Digital Identity, Security & Online Fraud | 27 May 2022

Singapore-based digital identity company FlexID has gotten funding form Algorand to offer self-sovereign ID’s to Africa’s unbanked.

digital identity, blockchain, financial inclusion, unbanked, funding

Possible Finance gets funding, launches 2 products

News | Online & Mobile Banking | 04 May 2022

US-based Possible Finance, a fintech that offers financial services for underserved consumers, has announced an additional USD 20 million in equity funding.

funding, product launch, credit scoring, fintech, credit card, unbanked

Crypto in LATAM

Voice of the Industry | Cryptocurrencies | 02 May 2022

Luis Cadavid, the founder of 1931.io, portrays the crypto space in LATAM, focusing on the region’s energetic potential for mining crypto

cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, regulation, transactions , unbanked, cryptocurrency exchange, digital assets, crypto asset, crypto, financial services

How programmable blockchain & theory of abundance will shape evolution of Web 3.0

Voice of the Industry | Cryptocurrencies | 28 Apr 2022

Abundance floats with the innovation of open-source tooling and the encouragement of open collaboration on creative blockchain projects. Gwendolyn Regina, head of BNB Chain, revels what this abundance means for the evolution of Web 3.0 

blockchain, Web 3.0, data, digitalisation, DeFi, banks, e-wallet, unbanked, Ethereum, metaverse

African startup ImaliPay raises USD 3 mln in seed funding

News | Online Payments | 07 Apr 2022

Pan-African fintech startup with a focus on gig economy ImaliPay has announced it received USD 3 million in a seed funding round, with the participation of Leonnis Investments, Ten 13, Uncovered Fund, My Asia VC, and others.

funding, startup, fintech, gig economy, online payments, unbanked, financial inclusion, BNPL, insurance, payments infrastructure

Axis Bank partners RBIH to advance women financial inclusion

News | Payments General | 04 Apr 2022

India-based private sector bank Axis Bank has announced its association with The Reserve Bank Innovation Hub (RBIH).

partnership, financial inclusion, unbanked, fintech

Akulaku raises USD 10 mln

News | Payments General | 30 Mar 2022

Akulaku, a digital banking and finance platform in Southeast Asia, has raised USD 10 million in debt funding from Lend East.

funding, digital banking, unbanked, financial inclusion, BNPL

Fintechs, the game changer when it comes to financial inclusion

Voice of the Industry | Online & Mobile Banking | 30 Mar 2022

As fintechs are causing traditional lenders to act in order to catch up and rethink the products and services that they are offering, financial inclusion remains one of the key topics to be addressed, as more than half of the world’s working adults are excluded from financial services

fintech, financial inclusion, financial services, ESG, digitalisation, unbanked, banks, digital banking, cashback, financial institutions

Amartha in talks to buy Indonesian bank

News | Online & Mobile Banking | 28 Mar 2022

Indonesian peer-to-peer lender Amartha is in talks to acquire 70% of local bank PT Bank Victoria Syariah.

acquisition, IPO, unbanked, funding

Keebo and Experian to boost financial inclusion

News | E-invoicing, SCF & E-procurement | 11 Jan 2022

Challenger credit card provider, Keebo, has joined forces with global information services company, Experian, in a move to improve access to credit for underserved consumers.

partnership, Experian , unbanked, credit scoring

Bankera to fight against IBAN discrimination

News | Online & Mobile Banking | 30 Nov 2021

Fintech Bankera, together with several other fintech companies operating in the EU, has joined an international initiative to fight the IBAN discrimination.

IBAN, SEPA, unbanked, bank transfer

UK's PPS to power Suits Me

News | Online & Mobile Banking | 15 Nov 2021

UK-baed PPS, a one-stop-shop for prepaid and fintech programmes, has announces its partnership with alternative e-money provider for the financially excluded Suits Me.

partnership, e-money, banks, unbanked