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    Blog post | 2 March 2016 | Mark Napier

Barclays Withdrawal – Why Africa Needs to Focus on Local Investors

SSA | Branchless banking | Capital markets | Credit | Digital finance services | Financial Inclusion

So Barclays is pulling out of Africa.  That’s hugely dispiriting news (or non-news, because it has been trailed for a while) and reflects badly on both Barclays and Africa. It reflects badly on Barclays because it suggests a failure of imagination, over many years, to...

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    Blog post | 1 November 2017 | Moses Ochieng

What Banks Can Do to Tame the Tide of Bad Debts

Africa | Skills development

Alex is a mid-manager at an NGO in Nairobi.  He’s servicing a home loan for a two-bedroom apartment in an upmarket neighborhood, and two car loans – one for him and one for his wife. His four-year-old son is in a private nursery school and Alex is considering...

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    Blog post | 1 November 2017 | Moses Ochieng

Unmasking Executive Education in Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa | Skills development

Cathy pauses by the window of her fifth-floor office to look at the rain clouds gathering and the traffic beginning to build.  It is four o’clock in the afternoon and her boss has just walked in to ask for a ‘short’ team meeting. She is anxious; an important...

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    Blog post | 11 October 2017 | Kevin Munjal

Proving and Improving: Learning to Measure as an FSD Network

Africa | Monitoring & Results Measurement

In August 2017, FSD Africa launched a fresh drive to build measurement know-how across the FSD Network – a family of ten like-minded financial sector development programmes across sub-Saharan Africa funded by UK Aid. These projects – the development of a Value for...

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    Blog post | 21 September 2017 | Dan Norell

Changing Food and Market Systems to Improve Nutrition

Africa | Financial Inclusion

This blog originally appeared on The SEEP Network blog, as part of the 2017 Annual Conference Series. I am writing this blog after just having completed a four-day training in Hawassa, Ethiopia of the “Integrating Extremely Poor Producers into Markets Field Guide” or...

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    Blog post | 17 July 2017 | Sarah Hugo, Senior Project Manager at DMA

Cheaper International Money Transfer at our Fingertips (or eyeballs)

Africa | Financial Inclusion

If you’ve ever been to Africa (or even the United States), chances are that you’ve had your finger prints taken on a scanner on the desk at immigration. If you’ve tried to skip the queue at Heathrow, you’ve probably tried to use the facial recognition scanners,...

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