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FinScope South Africa 2012

FinMark Trust, an independent trust based in Johannesburg, South Africa, was established in 2002, and is funded primarily by UKaid from the Department for International Development (DFID) through its Southern Africa office. FinMark Trust’s purpose is ‘Making financial markets work for the poor’. This is done by promoting financial inclusion and regional financial integration as well as institutional and organisational development, in […]

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Remittances from South Africa to SADC

It is well known that there are large remittance flows from South Africa to other countries in the SADC region and that a substantial proportion of such flows are informal – sent for example via cross-border mini-bus taxis or buses. However, data on the size of this remittance market is hard to come by. Data […]

SADC Payments and Remittances
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The payment experiences of social grant beneficiaries

FinMark Trust commissioned Progressus Research Development to document the experiences of recipients (cash and electronic) to provide insights into: appropriate design features; how the payment methods operate (in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and cost), how the payment method impacts on and enhances the beneficiaries’ ability to connect to financial services.

SADC Payments and Remittances
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The profile of retail payment services and models in South A...

The study aimed to sketch the landscape of retail payment services in South Africa that have a positive impact on financial inclusion and market participation. It also aimed to start to develop a typology of models based on shared characteristics witnessed across various services. The prime inputs to the study were a series of interviews […]

SADC Payments and Remittances
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The profile of retail payment services and models in South A...

The study aimed to sketch the landscape of retail payment services in South Africa that have a positive impact on financial inclusion and market participation. It also aimed to start to develop a typology of models based on shared characteristics witnessed across various services. The prime inputs to the study were a series of interviews […]

SADC Payments and Remittances
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The profile of retail payment services and models in South A...

The study aimed to sketch the landscape of retail payment services in South Africa that have a positive impact on financial inclusion and market participation. It also aimed to start to develop a typology of models based on shared characteristics witnessed across various services. The prime inputs to the study were a series of interviews […]

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The status of agricultural and rural financial services in S...

This short report summarises the findings of the first phase of the work, namely, an assessment of the current state of rural and agricultural financial services in the region. The research was carried out in six countries – Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe – drawing mainly on secondary sources. It was completed […]

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The cross border money transfer experience

This study explicitly set out to challenge the commonly accepted paradigm that it is safer and more efficient to make use of formal remittance channels (banks and money transfer operators). The approach was to experience the formal provider lead customer offerings first hand by conducting a ‘mystery shopping’ exercise. This quickly resulted in mounting frustration […]

SADC Payments and Remittances