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Cassava Tech Talks Ep. 4: More than mobile money

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In an era when mobile money has revolutionized financial inclusion by providing access to banking services through mobile phones, the concept of financial inclusion has risen above the boundaries of mobile money.

On this episode of Cassava Tech Talks podcast, Connecting Africa Editor Paula Gilbert is joined by Sasai CEO Darlington T Mandivenga and Kalvin Bahai, principal economist at GSMA Intelligence, to delve into the multifaceted dimensions of financial inclusion and the various innovative strategies and technologies that have emerged beyond the payments space.

Here are a few topics we covered:

  • The state of financial inclusion in Africa and the key stats about the market. (1:20)
  • How Africa has used mobile to improve financial inclusion in a way that other parts of the world have not (5:00)
  • The role of mobile money in driving financial inclusion going forward and moving beyond a focus on just access (6:55)
  • How Africa differs from developed countries when it comes to mobile financial services (10:50)
  • Why digital infrastructure is key to expanding financial inclusion and the role the private sector plays (12:50)
  • Why it's too early to abandon feature phone users (15:00)
  • Whether regulation is keeping up with innovation in Africa (15:50)
  • How taxation on mobile money impacts usage (19:50)
  • The opportunities of interoperability when it comes to mobile money platforms, and how hard is it to make these systems work together (21:10)
  • The impact of emerging technologies like AI in expanding financial services to the unbanked and how Africa can benefit from this (25:55)
  • How digital IDs could help drive financial inclusion (28:30)
  • How financial inclusion is critical to ensure social development and economic growth (31:00)

    The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts; Spotify; Google Podcasts or find other podcast platform options on our main page on Spotify for Podcasters.

    This podcast is sponsored by Cassava Technologies.

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    — Paula Gilbert, Editor, Connecting Africa

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