financial exclusion

Understand, connect, speak up: my fellowship year

Understand, connect, speak up: my fellowship year

Working as a development professional, I sometimes forgot the most obvious questions – why is the world unequal, and who gains from inequality? At the end of a life-changing fellowship year, I do not have all the answers yet, but AFSEE gave me the courage to ask the right questions without fearing the consequences, writes Anjali Sarker.

Is the digital world ready for the poor?

Is the digital world ready for the poor?

Techno-optimists claim that global connectivity could solve poverty, but from Rohingya refugees to African-Americans, the experiences of the poor show the true cost of tech’s double-edged sword. Anjali Sarker on the dark side of digital inclusion.

Apps and the gender gap: why ‘mobile money’ leaves poor women behind

Apps and the gender gap: why ‘mobile money’ leaves poor women behind

Digital developments have aided the recent rise in access to banking. But in many parts of the developing world, the gender gap in financial inclusion has failed to shift in the developing world; in Bangladesh, it has risen significantly. Technology alone can’t provide the solutions, writes Anjali Sarker.