Stability Innovation Atlas

Economic stability is the foundation on which real people build their economic futures. In an age in which change is the norm, stability is a rising priority for the world’s poor and vulnerable people. FHI 360 and The Rockefeller Foundation are identifying and highlighting global innovations that improve the ability of individuals, communities, local governments and businesses to promote economic stability. LEARN MORE

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September 19, 2017

Is Economic Stability the Secret Ingredient for Achieving the SDGs?

Economic Stability is intrinsic to these 6 Global Goals and 21 Targets, but the concept rarely enters the Global Goals dialog. Households, businesses, communities, and countries—in particular the poorest and most vulnerable—share a common need for stability in key dimensions of their economic lives to build more prosperous futures in a rapidly changing and often volatile world.

This week, development leaders from around the world—individuals, governments, businesses, international organizations, NGOs and others—gather in New York to showcase ideas, solutions, and partnerships to advance progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Discussions will inform, catalyze, and shape progress on the SDGs going forward.

If conversations stay focused on the SDGs as written and adopted, one concept that will not be front and center is “stability,” […]

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July 20, 2017

Fintech Apps Bring Stability to Stressed Families

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This article originally appeared on The Wall Street Journal.

New apps help people save more money, pay bills and cope with fluctuations in income

At a time of volatile household incomes and widespread economic insecurity, the latest innovations in financial technology may help bring some peace of mind and a little stability to financially stressed American families.

The past few years have seen a proliferation of apps designed to help families—not rich people looking to allocate 401(k) retirement accounts, but the larger number struggling to make it from paycheck to paycheck, coping with the uncertainty of everyday life and trying to keep the promises they made to themselves to save.

“In the U.S. we don’t really have an access-to-banking problem,” says Jennifer Tescher, […]

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December 1, 2016

Technology to Empower Women in Afghanistan

people trading currency at a table

This post originally appeared on Chemonics.

In Afghanistan, mobile banking technology is increasing women’s access to financial services, helping them conduct secure business transactions and grow their businesses.

Historically, women in Afghanistan have had limited access to financial products and services, but the expansion of mobile money services across the country is changing that. How does mobile money work? Individuals register their phone numbers with mobile money agents and activate an account, which allows them to quickly send and receive money on their phones. To withdraw or send cash, users visit an authorized agent who either converts money from the account to cash or deposits the cash into the specified user’s account.

Ever since it was piloted in 2009, mobile money has become […]

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December 1, 2016

Supporting Responsible Innovation in the Federal Banking System: An OCC Perspective

This post originally appeared on OCC.

Innovation has been a hallmark of the national banking system since its founding in 1863 by President Lincoln. That innovative spirit has been especially evident in recent decades as national banks and federal savings associations have led the way in developing and adapting products, services, and technology to meet the changing needs of their customers.

While banks continue to innovate, rapid and dramatic advances in financial technology (fintech) are beginning to disrupt the way traditional banks do business. As the prudential regulator of the federal banking system, we want national banks and federal savings associations to thrive in this environment and to continue fulfilling their vital role of providing financial services to consumers, businesses, and their communities.


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