What are aggregators?
Aggregators can be thought of as the glue that helps many parts of the digital financial services (DFS) ecosystem to work together.
They allow Payment Instrument Providers (PIPs) – like Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) offering mobile money services or banks offering mobile banking - to easily integrate with entities that want to send money to or receive money from end customers. These entities can be utility companies who want to receive payments, businesses who want to pay salaries or donors who want to pay recipients, for example.
Why do they matter?
Aggregators enable the seamless collection, disbursement and circulation of digital payments across multiple payment providers. They mostly work in the background, and millions of transactions in East Africa pass through them everyday–usually without customers even being aware of them.