Aid Cycles And Financial Inclusion: Making A Dent?

Financial inclusion as an international policy objective didn't fully materialize until 2009, when delegates from 60 low- and middle-income countries convened in Nairobi to found the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI). Shortly thereafter, Queen Maxima
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Data Protection In Europe: GDPR Looms

Target, Sony, Yahoo, Equifax, Uber. The names read like a rogues' gallery of big companies that have fallen victim to hacking or have misused their customers' data. Due to its abstract nature, data protection isn't
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Mondato Summit Asia 2017: Emerging Asia’s DFC Moment

Fast growing Yangon was host of the fourth annual Mondato Summit Asia on November 28-29, 2017, focusing on strategies for driving innovation and building more robust ecosystems of digital finance & commerce (“DFC”). Occurring at
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Distributed Ledgers: An Unlikely Ally Of Development?

Although blockchain's existence dates back to 2009, only in the last two years has the technical concept underpinning Bitcoin escaped its pigeonholing to the cryptocurrency. Often referred to by its more generalist nomenclature, distributed ledger
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Stacking The Deck In India's Favor

Over the past several years, Mondato Insight has repeatedly turned its attention to Digital Finance and Commerce (DFC) developments in India, from the introduction of the Aadhaar biometric identity card to, more recently, the surprise
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The Battle for Southeast Asia

While the Asia-Pacific region is the world's largest e-commerce market, China still monopolizes digital retail and accounts for nearly half of sales. Business is booming for online retailers in the region, and the Asian Development
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Mobile Money And The Curse Of Dormant Accounts

It is a curse that has rattled formal financial service providers both big and small, from players with billion dollar revenues to grassroots microfinance institutions. While the number of registered mobile money accounts is often
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Money20/20: What Woz, and What Shall Be

If there is a monetary equivalent to the ever-elusive physics “Theory of Everything,” whereby one could conjure a single thesis to explain all there is to know about the fast-expanding universe of payments, fintech and
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