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JUNE 07, 2010

RPA Launches Innovative Program to Help the World’s Poor Gain Access to Safe Ways to Save Money | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

NEW YORK -- To help the millions of poor people worldwide who lack a safe way to save money, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors has launched a novel initiative that will work with regulated financial institutions in five countries to create savings accounts that are appropriate and affordable for poor families and profitable for banks over the long term. The three-year program, called Gateway Financial Innovations for Savings (GAFIS), is funded by a $9.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

MAY 25, 2010

GSMA Announces Seven New Grant Recipients from the Mobile Money for the Unbanked Programme | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“Just 15 months after we first announced the launch of the Mobile Money for the Unbanked Programme we are proud to announce that all funds have been committed in support of mobile money deployments across the globe,” said Gavin Krugel, Director GSMA. “Projects were chosen on their ability to deliver, speed of delivery, scale and sophistication. Between now and the end of 2011 millions of consumers are expected to directly benefit from mobile money services launched with the support of the Fund – that is 170 million customers at the base of the economic pyramid and who previously lacked access to financial services, from 19 operators in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.”

JANUARY 13, 2010

Women’s World Banking to Increase Access to Savings for Millions of Poor Worldwide - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

NEW YORK -- Women’s World Banking (WWB), a thirty-year old network of leading microfinance institutions and banks dedicated to the economic empowerment of women, today announced a landmark $8.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will enable WWB to create over the next ten years innovative savings products and services for nearly seven million low-income people in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

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