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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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    News Item | 29 January 2017

A Regulatory and Policy Approach to Crowdfunding in East Africa

Africa | Kenya | Rwanda | Tanzania | Uganda | Capital markets | Financial Inclusion

East Africa is emerging as a hub for crowdfunding. However, there are no specific, bespoke regulations, or policies governing crowdfunding in East or South Africa, according to a new report published today by the Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSD Africa) in...

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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 | 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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    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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    Event | 27 September, 2016 | Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

Future Bank East Africa, Cards and Payments and E Commerce Show

Kenya | SSA | Digital finance services | Financial Inclusion

After a hugely successful launch in 2015 and building on 16 years’ experience running Cards & Payments Middle East – the region’s biggest event dedicated to payments innovation & technology  – Future Bank East Africa 2016  is the ideal place to grow your East...

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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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