News and Blog

The Business Development team at MIX seeks a curious self-starter to support our client acquisition and engagement strategy. As an intern, all work can be done remotely, and you will report to the Director of Sales and Business Development, with exposure to the leadership team. Interns can expect a workload that will require approximately 12 hours per week for the course of a semester.

Every other week we'll post recent articles curated by our team of data analysts and financial sector experts.  The articles will span sectors and topics including fintech, smallholder finance, mobile money and more.  The MIX News Brief is intended to keep socially responsible investors and businesses updated on the latest thinking on financial services for the poor.

The Argentinian government, realizing the necessity of data to inform the development of the strategy, found partners in MIX and its FINclusion Lab project –generously supported by MetLife Foundation– that uses geospatial data analytics to identify, assess and monitor underserved areas of the country even down to the local level.

26 July 2018 - CSAF's State of the Sector report, released this week, highlights the continued expansion of the financial market serving small- and medium-sized agricultural enterprises.  It also found that obstacles remain for socially responsible investors aiming to allocate capital "at the scale required to meet demand."  According to MIX analysis, overall lending from member institutions grew slightly, though at a significantly slower rate than in previous years. 

19 July 2018 - Building an effective strategy to ensure Vietnam’s entire population can benefit from financial tools requires data that can inform policies, support business intelligence, and contribute to healthy market development. With generous support from MetLife Foundation and as part of MIX’s FINclusion Lab project, the Interactive Dashboard for Vietnam uses geospatial data analytics to support the development of an inclusive financial services sector.

18 July 2018 - As CSAF's data partner, MIX collects and analyzes the lending data of its members, which include Root Capital, Incofin, Oikocredit, AgDevCo and several other social lenders and impact investors.  Each year, CSAF publishes the State of the Sector report, which covers the evolving credit market for agricultural SMEs and challenges and opportunities in the year ahead.  To launch the newest report, CSAF will be hosting a State of the Sector webinar and MIX will be presenting the latest trends in CSAF lending based on extensive analysis of recent data.  

With generous support from MetLife Foundation, our team at MIX was able to map financial access points in Myanmar against a number of demand-side indicators to get a full picture of the state of financial access in the country. This Interactive Dashboard for Myanmar helps users understand the geographic distribution of access points and determine which areas are underserved.

One trend illuminated by the 2017 Global Findex data, and perhaps the trend that has, rightfully so, brought about the most consternation, is the persistent gender gap. Three years on from the previous Global Findex, women still lagged behind men in account ownership by seven percentage points globally, and nine percentage points in developing markets. While this gap is significant and significantly distressing, aggregate numbers often hide many of the realities on the ground, which is why FINclusion Lab uses granular data to uncover local insights for national solutions. In the case of Turkey, more must be done to reverse a growing gender gap.

An initial analysis using the Interactive Dashboard for Senegal, developed with support from UNCDF MM4P, shows that mobile money access points more than doubled from 2016 to 2017, helping meet and serve that growing client usage. In Senegal, it is clear that mobile money operators continue to lead the industry with 95 percent of the country’s access points.

Though Benin’s digital financial services (DFS) footprint still lags behind its neighbors, our most recent analysis shows that financial access in the West African nation continues to improve. Supported by UNCDF MM4P, we were able to analyze financial access point data from December 2017 and make it available through the Interactive Dashboard for Benin.