A post by: Mathieu Despard, University of Michigan Terri Friedline, University of Kansas Does the availability of financial services and post offices vary by geography and community characteristics? This is one of the questions we’re trying to answer through the Mapping Financial Opportunity project. The short answer is yes. We recently released five research reports […]

This blog post has been prepared by colleagues of Mondato, a boutique management consulting firm specializing in strategic, commercial and operational support for the Digital Finance & Commerce (DFC) industry, and is republished with their permission. ****** Over the past year, Mondato Insight has noted the central role that logistics has to play in the […]

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) announced the release of the Global Panorama on Postal Financial Inclusion 2016, its flagship publication on the contribution of postal networks to financial inclusion. The study reveals that 91% of Posts worldwide offer some form of financial services, either on their own or in partnership with other financial institutions. A […]

Mauro Martini, our colleague at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), wrote a great post last month on the African Postal Financial Services Initiative (APFSI), a partnership between IFAD, the World Bank, UNCDF, WSBI, and the UPU, with financial backing from the European Union. The global average cost of sending remittances stands at about […]

Out of a total adult population of approximately 5.4 billion worldwide, 1.5 billion – or 28% – are getting access to financial services through a post office. In addition, recent studies have shown that Posts are comparatively better at banking specific vulnerable groups – the poor, the less educated and those in the informal economy […]

Taken from: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history/2014/08/postal_banking_already_worked_in_the_usa_and_it_will_work_again.html Written by: Mehrsa Baradaran As the debate over reinstituting postal banking heats up, we should know we had it. And it worked. Last week John Oliver offered up an exposé on payday loans, describing them as “the circle of debt” that “screws us all.” And at the conclusion of Oliver’s takedown on […]

Written by: Bsrat Measho, UPU intern On 25 September 2015 more than 150 world leaders adopted the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), replacing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They agreed to reach 17 goals by 2030, tackling issues related to poverty reduction. Goal 5 addresses gender inequality. One of its targets is to undertake […]