Article: The Future of Finance: How to Cope With Open Banking In Emerging Asia

Money, Open Governance

The Future of Finance: How to Cope With Open Banking In Emerging Asia

For more than a decade, Asia has been the largest regional banking market and as the continent’s massive middle class continues to grow, McKinsey expects personal financial assets in the region to reach US$69 trillion by 2025, or 75% of the global total.

However, in recent years, traditional banks have been disrupted or have faced stiff competition from fintech startups — be they pure-play digital banks or e-commerce platforms offering quasi-banking services. These players have catered to largely ignored, low-margin, high-risk customer bases, namely those in rural areas of emerging markets.

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Article: Empowering women in geospatial information technology – Nepal 2021 edition

Geospatial, Open Data, Open Source

Empowering women in geospatial information technology – Nepal 2021 edition

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is inviting applications to a theoretical and hands-on training on the use of Earth observation (EO) and geospatial information technology (GIT). This training is exclusively for women in Nepal who have completed a bachelor’s degree or are enrolled in a university-level curriculum.

ICIMOD has been organizing the “Empowering women in geospatial information technology” training under its SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR-HKH) Initiative for the past three years. The training course, extended exclusively to young women from Nepal and Pakistan, and provides them with theoretical as well as practical knowledge in the use of EO data and GIT using real-world examples from the HKH region. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the fifth iteration of this intensive four-day course is being offered online to eligible women from Nepal.

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