CGAP is a global partnership of more than 30 leading development organizations that works to advance the lives of poor people, especially women, through financial inclusion.

In 2022, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) launched a new effort centered on understanding and enhancing the role of financial services in helping low-income populations build resilience to climate change. Grounded in a strong focus on the lived experience of vulnerable people, the new CGAP program ultimately aims to offer guidance to various stakeholders on the role that different financial services can play in helping the vulnerable reduce the impact of and adapt to specific climatic risks, which constraints are impeding that role, and what meaningful actions they can take to overcome those constraints. The Advisory Committee will help guide CGAP in this effort. The Committee is comprised of experienced thinkers and practitioners from different parts of the climate change and financial inclusion communities who can help shape thinking and work on this critical topic, which is likely to grow into a significant development agenda.



26 May 2023

President of the UN General Assembly visits IIASA

IIASA was honored to welcome a delegation from the Office of the President of the 77th UN General Assembly led by H.E. Ambassador Csaba Kőrösi earlier this week.
New Delhi

04 May 2023

Antitrust Needs a New Toolkit for the Platform Economy: Inspired by Ecology

Until recently, most competition authorities have prioritized consumer welfare and efficiency in their approach to regulate industry markets. However, the multisided nature of the platform economy means that monitoring of markets must consider not just consumer welfare, but also the welfare of complementors, third parties, and all participants of digital platform ecosystems (DPE) in the short and long term.
WiFi city

04 May 2023

A Data Treasure Trove: How social media has become an unexpected source of natural experiments

A person using digital communication leaves behind a trail of information on their activities, their interactions, and even some about who they are. Social media has become quintessential to the modern lives of billions of people which means that billions of trails are recorded on social media and communications platforms. This data has come to be a treasure trove of aggregated information which scientists can use to decipher the most unique trends and behaviors on a societal level. As part of her ongoing research at ASA, Elena Rovenskaya presented on the significance of social media as a source of information for science and its usefulness in understanding complex systems behaviors.