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Perceptions of Digital Financial Services in Rural Fiji

Finau, Glen and Rika, Nacanieli J. and Samuwai, Jale and McGoon, James (2016) Perceptions of Digital Financial Services in Rural Fiji. Information Technologies & International Development, 12 (4). pp. 11-21. ISSN 1544-7529

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    Abstract

    This article examines rural dwellers’ perceptions of digital financial services (DFS) to identify which factors may enhance or impede their adoption. The article is based on a survey and follow-up interviews in rural Fijian communities with relatively low income levels. In Fiji, DFS are provided by mobile network operators, either individually or in collaboration with commercial banks. The provision of these services is consistent with policies of the Fijian government and The Reserve Bank of Fiji, which advocate financial inclusion as a means of promoting economic growth and enabling citizens to more efficiently receive remittances and welfare payments. However, the survey findings indicate that DFS uptake is hindered by agents’ lack of liquidity and the implicit costs that agents impose on consumers. In addition, consumers tend to fully spend the funds received through mobile money, but fail to use their mobile phones for saving purposes.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
    Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Accounting and Finance
    Depositing User: Glen Finau
    Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2017 12:11
    Last Modified: 20 Feb 2017 12:11
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/9611
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