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The Value of Savings Groups and Stokvels for Financial Inclu...

The emphasis of financial inclusion is now on how more competitive financial markets can work better for poor people (Porteous, 2004). It acknowledges that increasing financial inclusion requires a better understanding of how services, formal and informal, can meet people’s needs (Ledgerwood and Jethani, 2013). The current economic situation in South Africa presents a large […]

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Research Report on Mobile Money in South Africa

The research report study focused on the factors that drove the termination of mobile money services in South Africa focusing on the institutional environment, market environment, end user environment and adoption and availability. The secondary objective was to identify barriers to launching effective mobile financial services (MFS) in South Africa with a specific focus on […]

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Digitisation of social grant payments and financial inclusio...

A quarter of South Africans rely on social grants and the grant allows millions to access formal financial services. However, the extent to which social grants have contributed to financial inclusion of social grant recipients has not been documented. Therefore, this report was prepared to highlights the trends in financial inclusion among social grant recipients […]

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Case Study – Using Information as a Driver of Change: ...

In August 2016, FSD Africa launched a case study series on the art of financial market facilitation with a desire to learn more about the art of market facilitation in action. In response, and in partnership with CGAP, DCED and the FSD Network, FSD Africa commissioned the Springfield Centre to prepare a suite learning case studies. The seven case study […]

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Is Education and Data Burning a Deeper Hole in The Pockets o...

Johannesburg, 23 September 2016. In the wake of the #DataMustFall campaign, it seems that the data revolution might have a valid and legitimate plea. The campaign founders made a presentation before the Parliamentary Communications and Postal Committee on the 21st of September 2016 on the costs of data in the country. According to the soon-to-be launched […]

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Financial Access & SME Size in South Africa

This occasional research paper utilized data from the FinScope Small Business Survey South Africa 2010 covering 5,667 small businesses. An econometric model was developed to estimate the effect of access to credit on firm size. A model for sole proprietorships including licensed businesses was separately estimated from the one for close corporations due to the […]

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FinScope South Africa 2015 Consumer Survey Launch Presentati...

The 2015 FinScope survey shows that in South Africa levels of financial inclusion remain stable at 87% compared to 86% in 2014. About 31.2 million (84%) of adults are formally served, that is they have a bank and other formal non-bank product/services, compared to 80% in 2014. While overall inclusion figures have not changed substantially, […]

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South Africa report on AML/CFT and financial inclusion in SA...

FinMark Trust conducted a study to consider the extent to which the AML/CFT regulations of the SADC countries could be harmonised and calibrated in order to increase financial integration and access to financial services within the region. The study considered the FATF Standards, the ESAAMLG evaluation reports and research, the FATF Guidance note on Financial […]

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Media statement: Xenophobic violence in South Africa and its...

Johannesburg, 22 April 2015. FinMark Trust is concerned with the recent spate of xenophobic violence in South Africa as it is contrary to the very fundamentals of regional integration which is essentially based on the creation of a wider economic space for inclusive growth. As an organisation dealing with financial markets, FinMark Trust has undertaken a […]

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FinMark Trust rolls out newly developed Financial Education ...

Johannesburg, 5 March 2015. Following the launch of the Mauritius Consumer Finscope Survey in November 2014 which identified financial literacy as an issue of concern, FinMark Trust is rolling out its recently developed Financial Education Toolkit as part of its programme on financial literacy in Mauritius from 4-11 March 2015. The beneficiaries of this training are […]

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Lesotho corridor allows remittances at low affordable rates

Johannesburg, 03 March 2015. Remittances from RSA to the SADC region are the most expensive in the world with fees in excess of 22% for remittance value of $200. The value of remittances from South Africa to other countries in the SADC region is large and a substantial portion of these remittances is informal – sent […]

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Microfinance regulatory and policy assessment in SADC –...

The levels of financial inclusion in SADC vary significantly due to the contrasting levels of economic and financial sector development across the fifteen countries. Similarly, microfinance also has varying degrees of penetration. In some countries, microfinance is the primary means of delivering financial services to the masses while in others, which might have a more […]

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Media statement – Accelerating inclusive rural and agr...

Accelerating inclusive rural and agricultural financing programme in SADC Towards the implementation of the SADC Regional Agricultural Policy (RAP) Johannesburg, 26 January 2015: FinMark Trust in partnership with SADC is hosting a regional conference on ‘accelerating inclusive rural and agricultural financing programme in SADC’. The conference which is scheduled to take place from 28th-30th January 2015 […]

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FinScope South Africa 2014 survey results

What changed in people’s lives according to FinScope since 2004? A ten year perspective on financial inclusion in South Africa. Johannesburg, 04 November 2014:  FinMark Trust released the results of its FinScope Consumer South Africa 2014 survey results today.  The FinScope Survey, developed by FinMark Trust, is a research tool to assess financial access in […]

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