Max Mattern

Financial Sector Specialist

Max Mattern has nearly a decade of experience working in international development, much of which has focused on understanding the potential of financial services to improve the lives of the economically and socially excluded. He currently manages CGAP’s work in Ghana, which aims to build a more robust and inclusive digital financial services ecosystem in the country. Additionally, Mr. Mattern contributes to CGAP’s work exploring links between financial services and development outcomes, with a focus on innovations in financing for productive assets.

Before joining CGAP, Max worked at the World Bank. In addition to his experience in financial inclusion, his previous roles include consulting and research in rural and agricultural development, nutrition, and food security. His work has spanned countries and continents, with regional concentrations in the Middle East and North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Max has a Master’s degree in International Business and Development Economics from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and an undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Arizona. He is fluent in French.

By Max Mattern

Research

Financial Solutions for Women in Rural and Agricultural Livelihoods

This deck synthesizes CGAP research and insights on the constraints faced by women in rural and agricultural livelihoods (WIRAL) and the opportunities for service providers and funders to add value to their lives and livelihoods.
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PAYGo PERFORM: Financial, Operational, and Portfolio Quality KPIs for the PAYGo solar industry

With the help of 600 colleagues from the PAYGO offgrid solar sector, a new set of 36 standard metrics covering portfolio quality, unit and firm-level economics, and company operational indicators are available today.
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How a New Set of Metrics Is Poised to Transform PAYGo Solar

The PAYGo PERFORM Key Performance Indicators offer a pathway to growth and maturity for the off-grid solar industry.
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Getting Repaid in Asset Finance: A Guide to Managing Credit Risk

From Sub-Saharan Africa to the Indian Subcontinent, asset finance and leasing companies are doing invaluable, innovative work to finance critical assets for low-income and informal borrowers.

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Flipping the Switch: How Locking Assets Unlocks Credit for the Poor

A new study out of Uganda offers strong evidence that lock-out technology can enable providers to sustainably lend to low-income customers, who may need credit for school fees and other critical expenses.