“I am pleased to report that our financial inclusion initiatives are having a meaningful impact,” said Ajay Banga, MasterCard president and CEO. “This year alone, we have launched nine programs in tandem with government entities and other partners in emerging markets which are designed to bring much needed financial access, convenience and security to more than 350 million people globally who previously would not have had access to financial products.”
Leveraging technology such as mobile, prepaid and biometrics, these initiatives aim to provide the tools to offer safety and security, and replace the inefficiencies of cash among the unbanked in developing countries.
Barclays has signed contracts with six of the fintech startups that just graduated from its second New York accelerator programme.
Company card killer Pleo has raised $3m in new funding as it prepares for public launch in the UK and Denmark.
Cheques are become less and less common in the UK according to new research from global market research firm Mintel which claims contactless card use has overtaken cheque payments in the UK for the first time.
Payments for digital and physical goods made mobile operating system-based payments platforms like Apple Pay and Android Pay are expected to boom in the next few years according to new analysis from Juniper.