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Mobile money was so successful in Kenya because of a combination of government support and consumer demand, which was driven by the need for secure cash transactions during political instability, says research from the University of Manchester. World Bank economist Wolfgang Fengler adds that having a mobile operator (Safaricom) with more than 50% market share also helped.
As access to financial services is recognised as key for ending poverty, how can mobile money be be encouraged in more developing countries? Do governments need to do more to support it? What’s the best way to educate users about the value of the service? Join an expert panel on Thursday 23 April, 1-3pm BST to discuss.
The panelNatalie Baatjies, senior director for financial inclusion in the central Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA) region, Visa, Cape Town, South AfricaNatalie has held several senior roles at Visa across the mobile money value chain including: market development, strategy consulting and commercialisation.
Stone Atwine, co-founder, Remit.Ug, Kampala, Uganda, @StoneAtwineStone is CEO of Redcore Interactive, a payments company that specialises in mobile financial services. Remit.Ug is its first platform, which helps facilitate international money transfers from cards and bitcoin to mobile money.
Rajiv Bhatia, head of m-commerce sales Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Ericsson M-Commerce, Dubai, UAE, @mobilerajiv
Rajiv is involved in supporting growth of mobile money, mobile banking and money-transfer solutions.
Nambuwani Wasike, research associate, Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) - Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya
Wasike is a research specialist focusing on digital finance.
Greg Reeve, chief operating officer, mobile financial services, Millicom, London, UK, @seat2d
Greg leads mobile financial services operations across eleven markets in Africa and Latin America.
Scarlett Fondeur Gil, economic affairs officer, division on technology and logistics, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva, Switzerland @UNCTADScarlett helps produce the information economy report and develop information communication technology (ICT) statistics in developing countries.
Alix Murphy, senior mobile analyst, WorldRemit, London, UK, @AlixinLondonBefore her current role, Alix worked as market intelligence manager for the GSMA, where she focused on mobile money.
Amitabh Saxena, managing director, Digital Disruptions, Washington, DC
Amitabh is the founder of Digital Disruptions, a mobile payments consulting firm, and previously headed mobile money for MasterCard in Latin America.
Mike McCaffrey, principal consultant - strategic operations for digital finance, The Helix Institute of Digital Finance, Nairobi, Kenya, @MobileMcCaffreyMike provides digital finance research, training and consulting services to banks and telecom companies.
Maria May, senior programme manager, Brac, Dhaka, Bangladesh, @MariaMayhem523Maria leads Brac’s social innovation lab and research and development for the microfinance programme.
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