Hackster.io has published a mainstream lead article about Blockchain, Decentralized Finance and Financial Inclusion with interview parts of Dash Next Co-founder Felix Mago and links to Dash.
Around the world, businesses are finding ways to overcome the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic. With physical distancing policies and quarantines set up to slow down the spread of the disease, brick-and-mortar businesses have faced challenges in resuming operations, thus impacting their ability to generate cash flow and revenues.
Businesses with digital operations have proven to be more resilient against the economic downturn, however, since these can continue operations even amidst the physical limitations. However, one potential hurdle is the ability to reach customers who are unable to transact due to the lack of payment support.
Data from the World Bank’s Global Findex Database show that 31% of the world’s population, or around 1.7 billion people, are unbanked or underbanked, with China having the biggest underbanked population at 225 million. When asked why they lacked bank accounts, participants in a 2017 survey pointed to a host of reasons, ranging from challenges providing the needed documentation to financial institutions being prohibitively far away.
Of those without a bank account, almost two-thirds claimed they lacked the funds to use one. Another 30 percent of the unbanked taking part in the aforementioned poll simply stated they do not require a bank account.
Those citing distance as a factor preventing them from having a bank account made up 22 percent of survey participants, while 26% stated that it was prohibitively expensive to have one of these accounts.
Thus, the opportunity is there for providers of FinTech services that offer access to financing or, at the very least, digital payment solutions.
The need for digital and contactless payments
According to the World Economic Forum, governments around the world are promoting the use of digital payments to reduce physical contact and thus help minimize the spread of coronavirus. In response, digital payment providers are easing up on transaction fees and minimum requirements.
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Original link: https://www.hackster.io/rody-rathore/blockchain-and-decentralization-67e038