Challenge A major international bank operating in multiple markets was faced with tightening margins, flat-lining economic activity, and unsatisfactory productivity ratios. Each of the bank’s operations was standalone, with branches carrying out the majority of their own mid- and back-office functions. Regulation differs and is evolving in each of the bank’s markets, making it increasingly complex to stay up-to-date and ensure compliance.
Challenge A South Asian government was seeking to bolster formal financial inclusion and digital service offerings for small players. To that end, the state bank, in collaboration with two international development institutions, planned to launch a high-volume micropayments gateway, in the understanding that any such platform would have to adhere to the strict guidelines of governance, interoperability, and inclusion required by the donor partners.
Challenge The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in a West African nation needed to strengthen security, reduce corruption, and improve delivery of agricultural vouchers to subsistence farmers. However, most of the target segment lived off-grid with neither mobile data nor electricity and possessed limited identity documentation.
Challenge A market-leading bank with multiple business lines—including deposits, secured and unsecured credit, payments, investments, and insurance—had siloed digital channels that created an uneven customer experience and a poor sales environment. The bank aimed to improve efficiency, increase sales, and hold onto its market share vs. both traditional rivals and emerging fintech challengers.
Risk & Compliance
Challenge A national bank in a region where financial services players were racing to embrace digital technology urgently needed to create an efficient and well-regulated payments ecosystem that accorded with global best practices and standards.