Building on research conducted as part of the IBGC Global Research Fellowship, Fletcher alumni Michael Mori (MALD ’15) and Trevor Zimmer (MALD ’15) published a piece in the MI Press Journal, Innovations. Their research, undertaken in the Summer of 2014, examined the gaps in mobile banking among the poor in Indonesia. Both Michael and Trevor currently work for Dalberg Design Impact Group at Dalberg Global Development Advisors.
Indonesia is the largest consumer market in Southeast Asia and a member of the G20, yet it has one of the largest underbanked populations in the world. As of 2014, only 36 percent of Indonesia’s 243 million people were banked, leaving the majority financially excluded, exposed to risk, and left to manage their finances with mostly inefficient, informal services (World Bank 2014).
The Inclusive Growth Initiative (Inclusion, Inc.) of IBGC offers the opportunity for a select number of exceptional Fletcher students to conduct original research and analysis around the world as a part of the IBGC Global Research Fellowship. The program was created in 2013 and has sent student teams into the field for immersive studies in emerging and frontier markets such as Myanmar, Turkey, Kenya, and Indonesia.