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    20 April 2018

Expression of Interest: Development Capital Specialists

SSA | Capital Markets Development | Credit | Fintech | Investments | Payments | Private Equity | Remittances

FSDA is currently building a permanent team for its Development Capital activities. While the team starts to take shape, there is an ongoing need to build pipeline, evaluate opportunities, structure investments and support deal negotiation. Consultants wishing to be...

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    Blog post | 16 February 2017 | Mark Napier

Financial Service Providers ought to focus on the Cusp Group

Kenya | Credit | Financial Inclusion

Central Bank Governor Dr Patrick Njoroge fielded some tough questions from the audience on 9th February 2017 at FSD Kenya’s annual financial inclusion lecture. British economist, Professor John Kay, had just delivered a provocative talk on the risks of financialization...

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    Case Study | November 2016

The Growth of M-Shwari in Kenya – A Market Development Story

Kenya | Credit | Digital finance services | Market Development

M-Shwari (meaning ‘calm’ in Kiswahili) is a combined savings and loans product launched through a collabo­ration between the Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) and Safaricom. The M-Shwari account is issued by CBA but must be linked to an M-Pesa mobile money account...

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    Blog post | 30 August 2016 | David Porteous, Bankable Frontier Associates

Credit on the Cusp: “I’ll see you in court!”

Kenya | South Africa | Credit

See you in court? Unlikely. In recent times most law courts in Africa have not been suitable places to enforce or defend low-value retail credit contracts – the transactions costs associated with the legal process swamp the value of most claims. Read more here

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    Blog post | 30 August 2016 | Sushmita Meka, Bankable Frontier Associates

Goldilocks and the “Just Right” Credit Market

Ghana | Kenya | South Africa | Credit

Goldilocks never took a bank loan, never had a credit card, and never got into debt. But if she had, her exposure to the fairy tale credit market would have been “just right.” She’s the lucky one. Across Africa, people living on the “cusp” of poverty –...

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