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More Opportunities to Support Student Financial Health

Nov 28, 2018 by Maya Alper

The start of a new academic year should be an exciting time for the 19.9 million students who recently began or are continuing in college. But for many students, college also brings stressful financial decisions. These decisions weigh on many students, but the burden is often heaviest for those who are balancing school with full … Read more.

What, Exactly, Are We Saving for?

Aug 23, 2018 by Ariadna Vargas

Saving money, even in small amounts, has countless benefits. It helps low-income households build financial resilience—the ability to manage unforeseen expenses and avoid crises. However, saving is challenging for everyone—even when we intend to save more, human tendencies such as present bias, depletions in self-control, and limited attention tend to get in the way of … Read more.

Cash Plus Goals Help Families Invest in Their Children’s Futures

Aug 2, 2018 by Tina Razafinimanana

For the last two years, Dorothee, who works in a rice field and makes handicrafts in Madagascar, has been the main provider for her family. Her husband used to be a fisherman until an injury prevented him from getting into the water. They have one son and four daughters, and her income isn’t enough to … Read more.

Making Saving Easier

May 3, 2018 by Dan Poniachik

“It’s very hard for me to save, because I have so many day-to-day expenses for my small kiosk. Still, at the beginning of the month I manually transfer part of my commission to my savings account, that way I don’t use it for other purposes during the month. It would be great if this transfer … Read more.

Introducing a Behavioral Playbook for Financial Providers

Mar 29, 2018 by Katy Davis, Maddie Kau, & Abigail Kim

Digital tools such as automated savings and investment, expense tracking, and person-to-person payments save people time and help them manage complex finances. Useful features like these can even support overall financial health, particularly for low- and middle-income consumers, if traditional financial services don’t meet their needs. Widespread adoption of these services also benefits financial providers … Read more.

How Incorporating Behavioral Science into Cash Transfer Programs Is Changing Lives

Mar 19, 2018 by Josh Martin & Laura Rawlings

This post originally appeared on NextBillion.  Fighting poverty with direct cash payments is more common now than ever before. In 1997, only three developing countries had centrally managed cash transfer programs targeting poverty. Today, more than 120 do, and more than $200 million in cash is distributed daily. The adoption of cash transfers was a significant step … Read more.

Learning Behavioral Design, Part 3: 5 Lessons for Applying Behavioral Design to Programs

Oct 30, 2017 by Vivien Caetano, Katy Davis, & Erin Sherman

It’s one thing to read about behavioral science or attend a one-time training on how it’s been used to improve programs. It’s another to take those insights and apply them to the real world yourself. That was the driver behind our Behavioral Design Project for Promoting Financial Health, in which 11 organizations actively learned behavioral … Read more.

Learning Behavioral Design, Part 2: How to Embed Behavioral Design in Organizations

Sep 21, 2017 by ideas42

Over the last year and a half, we collaborated with 11 financial capability organizations to teach them how to apply behavioral insights to their programs. Each organization identified and tackled an initial problem impeding client financial health by leveraging their unique knowledge of the populations they serve. The reach of the Behavioral Design Project (BDP) … Read more.

Keeping the Paths to Credit Open in Mexico

Aug 7, 2017 by Jaclyn Lefkowitz

What is the cost of making a late loan payment? If you’re like most people, you probably think of late fees. But there are also less visible, longer-term consequences that can have a serious impact on financial wellbeing. For example, late payments affect credit scores, which in turn can affect the ability to access credit … Read more.

Runaway Trains of Thought: How Boosting Cognitive Bandwidth Can Fight Poverty

Aug 4, 2017 by Katy Davis & Colleen Briggs

This post originally appeared on NextBillion.  Imagine you just received the news that you have a serious but treatable medical condition. What would you think about? Perhaps you would fear for your health, or worry about what the treatment’s side effects might be. In a recent study, participants were asked what they would think about … Read more.