(In)Accessible Nepal

Nepal, with its Himalayan peaks and Buddhist monks, is a remote and inaccessible country, with an underdeveloped financial services sector. Financial services, like most elements of the formal service industries, are concentrated in its urban
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Mondato Summit Asia 2016: The Transitioning of Financial Services in Emerging Asia

Vibrant, colorful Bangkok was the host of the third annual Mondato Summit Asia on September 20-21 2016, which focused on strategies for navigating the current transition from established mobile financial services to more dynamic ‘digital
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Finovate 2016: Technology Is Neither A Panacea, Nor An Island

Perhaps, within the industry of financial services, analysts have been over-eager, or even cavalier, in their description of solutions as wholly disruptive. While the prophesized 'uber-moment' of banking seems to represent a creeping collective insight
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The End of Your Flexible Friend?

Once upon a time, having a plastic credit card in your pocket was a sign of affluence, a symbol of credit worthiness and of being a literal card-carrying member of the consumer class. "Your flexible
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The Regulatory Sandbox

Most parents of little ones this summer will probably have found themselves at some point in a sandbox, either watching or helping their offspring create sand castles, sculptures or even Disney characters. In these spaces,
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Is the 'Gig Economy' Running Into Political Trouble?

In a previous Mondato Insight we examined the role of "apptivism" in pressuring regulators and lawmakers to adapt legal rules to fit the needs of the "on-demand economy". Technology companies such as Uber and Airbnb
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Pokemon GO: Time to Reconcile DFC with Brick-and-Mortar?

The mania that is Pokémon GO has descended upon the global markets in a disruptive, all consuming fervor. So much so, that the United States Congress has initiated an inquiry into the data consumption of
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The Cuban Case for Digital Finance & Commerce – Within Reach or Far-Fetched?

When the gates to Cuba opened up to Americans last year, it was quickly added to many bucket lists – globally – to make sure they could witness it “untouched." With promotional flights to Havana in vogue,
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