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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 | 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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    Blog post | 14 June 2017 | Lisa Morgan and Severin Luebke

Reaching the Mass Insurance Market: Where to Start when going Digital

SSA | Financial Inclusion

Blog 2 in our series on managing change within insurance providers, in partnership with FSD Africa For insurers to serve a new type of client at scale they must change their modus operandi. The high costs associated with conventional insurance cannot be absorbed by low...

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    Blog post | 9 June 2017

Cash is King for Africans Sending Money from the UK

SSA | Digital finance services | Policy and regulation

The way we stay in touch, do our shopping, and even the ways in which some of us find love, have all gone digital. Yet, for the vast majority of people sending money home to friends and family in Africa, they are still doing it the way they have always done it: in cash....

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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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    Blog post | 13 January 2017

FSD Africa’s First Photo Competition Winners Announced

Kenya | Financial Inclusion

FSDA’s Director (L), Mark Napier with winners during the awards ceremony. After a period of selection and voting, FSD Africa is pleased to announce overall winners of its 2016 photo competition. The aim, successfully achieved, was to provide examples of how Kenyans...

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    Blog post | 7 December 2016 | Evans Osano

Five Reasons Why Capital Markets Matter in Africa

Africa | Capital markets

The significance of developing domestic capital markets as a means of financing priority sectors and driving economic development is increasingly being acknowledged by policy makers in Africa. For instance, the African Union (AU), Agenda 2063, prioritises the development...

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    Blog post | 30 November 2016 | Mark Napier

Harbingers of doom? Bank failures in Africa – how to interpret these

Africa | Financial Inclusion | Market Development | Policy and regulation | Savings

Yesterday, Zambia’s central bank announced it had taken over a commercial bank, Intermarket, after the latter failed to come up with the capital it needed to satisfy new minimum capital requirements. Three weeks ago, a Mozambican bank – Nosso Banco – had its...

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    Blog post | 8 November 2016 | Kieran Garvey

Crowdfunding in East Africa: A Regulator-Led Approach to Market Development

Kenya | Rwanda | Tanzania | Uganda | Crowdfunding | Policy and regulation

Earlier in 2016, FSD Africa partnered with the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) and Anjarwalla & Khanna to conduct a regulatory review of different crowdfunding models across Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. This project is now in its final stages and...

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