Smarter than a smartphone?

FinanceAsia – Mobile telephone capabilities may have come a long way since the days of the brick-size device, but how much can they really change banking? Communicating through radio link has come a long way since World War II. With voice calls, text messages, mobile internet access and built-in cameras, today’s smartphone is already a [...]

The Role of Government in Supporting Mobile Financial Services

How can governments effectively support mobile financial services (MFS) expansion?  Over the past ten years, the U.S. government (USG) has provided both direct and indirect support for MFS program development.  Here are some examples of how the USG has acted as an indirect catalyst to support program development and implementation. USAID has worked closely with [...]

Mobile payments competing with cards, checks

The Philippine Star – MANILA, Philippines – Mobile payments will make up 15 percent of all cashless transactions globally, reducing further the use of checks and plastic money or credit cards. The World Payments Report 2011 also indicated that mobile payments would grow globally from 4.6 billion to 15.3 billion transactions between 2010 and 2013 [...]

Cantilan Bank Celebrates 30 Years of Progressive and Excellent Community Banking Services

By: Eric Miller, guest blogger More than 500 attendees packed into a basketball gymnasium in Cantilan’s town square to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Cantilan Bank. The gala highlighted the banks remarkable growth over the past three decades and underscored the important role microfinance services played in their success. MABS started working with Cantilan Bank 11 [...]