Lessons Learned from Providing Financial Education to Promote Branchless Banking

By Aditya Banerjee This is the second of a four part series of articles about the RBAP-MABS National Roundtable 2012 Conference panel session entitled “Using New Channels to Expand Microfinance Services”. Rural banks already play a big role in small communities. They serve over one million low-income families who place their trust – from microinsurance [...]

Webinar on Tools to Address Challenges of Branchless Banking

As part of the Consumer Education to Support Uptake and Use of Branchless Banking project, sponsored by the MasterCard Foundation, Microfinance Opportunities will be conducting a webinar on November 29, 2011, at 9:00am EST (10:00pm Manila Time). The webinar will present the challenges to uptake and usage of Branchless Banking identified through market research studies [...]

Branchless Banking Video from India

Interesting combination of portable collection devices and biometrics to handle payments, deposits, withdrawals, and remittances. With 16 million clients, third-party agent branchless banking provider FINO is growing rapidly. Could there be lessons learned here for Philippine Rural Bankers offering branchless banking? FINO and RBAP-MABS are the two Asia recipients of the Microfinance Opportunities Financial Education for Branchless Banking Initiative supported by the MasterCard Foundation.

Trends and Challenges in Microfinance for this Decade

The first panel discussion of the RBAP-MABS National Roundtable Conference, moderated by MABS Chief of Party John Owens, addressed the current trends and challenges in the microfinance industry. Topics ranged from market issues, competition, the regulatory environment and branchless banking. Ms. Pia Roman-Tayag, the Inclusive Finance Advocacy Staff Head of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas [...]