Financial Inclusion: Middle East & Africa

These regions contain some of the world’s most underbanked populations but technology is fronting the drive for change. Plus: interview with the World Bank on expanding financial services; cash culture prevails in north Africa; fintech and financial inclusion in Iraq; Kenya pushes to shift mobile money to the next level

Finance in developing countries has to be expanded carefully, says a senior official

Fintech aims to tackle a fragmented farming sector and help solve bigger economic problems

Institutions are investing in a bid to reach ‘unbanked’ groups in Africa and the Middle East

A distrust of banks is slowing efforts in some countries to bring digital banking to the masses

An electronic payments system disburses government salaries and welfare to some 7m citizens

Lenders in Africa and the Middle East circumvent weak digital infrastructure to make progress