A global research initiative providing insight into the financial lives of small firms

are an essential source of livelihood—they provide jobs, goods, and services to billions of poor and underbanked people across the globe.

Small firms

LEARNINGS

Understanding them is key to the design of policies, financial services, and tools that help small firms thrive.

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Countries

The small firm diaries is a multi-country financial diaries research study that will collect high-frequency, detailed quantitative and qualitative data across six countries in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Approach

Compared to traditional research studies, financial diaries produce nuanced and dynamic portraits with high levels of explanatory power.

APPROACH

High-frequency, quantitative data on cash flows shows researchers trade-offs and decisions in near-real time, and qualitative data collection lets them probe deeply to understand the “why” behind those choices.

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LEARNINGS

This study will provide insights into the cash flows, financial networks, decision-making, behaviors, and constraints of small firms.

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Team

The small firm diaries is a multi-country financial diaries research study that will collect high-frequency, detailed quantitative and qualitative data across six countries in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Partners

RESEARCHERS

Led by the Financial Access Initiative at NYU Wagner, the small firm diaries is a collaboration with field-leading researchers at The Graduate Institute of International Development Studies in Geneva, Oxford University, and Australian National University.

EXPERTS

Data collection and survey experts Low-Income Financial Transformation, Microfinance Opportunities, and EDI Global will conduct

in-country fieldwork.

LOCAL PARTNERS

A network of local partners will collaborate closely with researchers to deepen the team’s understanding of local context and ensure the research has local impact.

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