Blog Post: Mobile Phones for Microsavings: Can Mobile-Enabled Savings Products Bridge the Youth Financial Services Gap?
Originally posted on the Center for Financial Inclusion Blog.
By Julia Arnold, New America Foundation
Global Assets Project, New America Foundation
In her post, Monique Cohen points out some of the most common assumptions about how youth in developing countries use mobile banking and mobile phones. These assertions, some tantalizing and many requiring further substantiation, suggest that more research needs to be done in order to effectively market mobile banking and other mobile-enabled services to youth. New America Foundation has developed a survey as a means to investigate some of these assumptions. We invite you to share your thoughts on youth financial services and mobile technology in our survey here.
Originally posted at Child & Youth Finance International Blog
Marking the release of Half the Sky: The Game, New America's Jamie Zimmerman and Greta Byrum discuss the potential for social cause gaming and mobile games to raise awareness and spur behavior change toward girls' and women's social and economic empowerment.
By Eric Tyler, New America Foundation
Over the holidays, in an independent supplement to USA Today, the voices of four YouthSave account holders came to the forefront. The special edition was focused on “Investing in Asia”, and the YouthSave participants’ insights were highlighted in a questionnaire. In the piece, two girls and two boys aged 12 to 15 living in Nepal revealed meaningful financial aspirations and captured how saving was important to achieving these goals.