Vera is currently working as an Impact Fellow at Next Wave Impact. One of the driving goals of Next Wave Impact is to increase diversity in angel investing and high growth entrepreneurship.
Vera worked as a Market Insights Manager at MSC, from October 2015 to December 2017. Her experience spans digital transformation, impact investing, access to finance, economic development, education, and gender equality. After leaving MSC, she has worked with PHB Development and Echoing Green as a Consultant. Vera has a track record of international research design and execution to inform policy, business and program strategy and operations in for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
Posts by Vera Bersudskaya
Defining terms and options for measuring access to digital finance
This article summarizes recommendations from a newly released paper titled “Agents Count”, containing some initial suggestions for addressing the reasons why providers have not been able to accurately measure the number of active agent outlets in their territories.
Agents Count: The True Size of Agent Networks in Leading Digital Finance Countries
This paper lays out a framework for understanding agent network size for digital financial services, drawing a distinction between agent tills and agent outlets. The paper also discusses agent activity rates.
Fraud is one of the major threats to the emergence and sustainability of the DFS ecosystem. Uganda’s DFS market has long been plagued by fraud. The Helix 2015 ANA Uganda Report revealed that 53% of Uganda’s mobile money agents have experienced fraud within the last year – either personally or through one of their employees. At the recent launch of […]
Women agents provide great customer service. They are more attentive, helpful, diligent, and effective at building trust. They are also better at on-boarding women and other underserved populations than their male counterparts. These are often cited conclusions from a series of qualitative studies in India, Zambia, and other markets across Asia and Africa. At the same time, we still […]
Agent Network Accelerator Survey: Senegal Country Report 2015
Based on over 1,200 digital financial services (DFS) agent interviews conducted between November and December 2015, the ANA Senegal report, funded by UNCDF MM4P Programme, highlights findings on the DFS agent landscape in Senegal covering agent profitability, transaction volumes, liquidity management and other important strategic considerations.