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Explore and search our repository of in-depth financial inclusion information resources from across more than 30 countries. We share country- and region-focused reports, presentations, dashboards, pocket guides, infographics and factsheets.

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FinScope MSME Survey Malawi 2019 Pocket Guide

The MSME sector is recognised as a significant contributor to economic growth and development and mass employment. With this knowledge, the crucial role of MSMEs in the national economy anchors on the roles of government, the business community and the public at large to harness and optimise the sector’s development. The lack of recent, holistic […]

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FinScope MSME Survey Malawi 2019 Report

The Focus Group Discussion (FGD) Report is based on findings from 6 focus group discussions with over 30 MSME owners who were identified for follow-up qualitative research. The discussions were conducted to better understand the findings derived from the analysis of the completed FinScope MSME Survey Malawi 2019 dataset. The FGDs were conducted in key […]

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MAP MSME Malawi 2019 Survey Report

The Government of Malawi (GoM) has been working towards the development of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector. In a bid to boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and support decent job creation, the GoM has designated the private sector as an engine for the country’s economic growth and poverty alleviation. This is evident […]

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MAP MSME Malawi Roadmap 2019 Report

The Malawi Making Access Possible (MAP) for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Development Roadmap lays out a vision and implementation framework for the development of the SME sector in Malawi. This Roadmap only focuses on SMEs, and excludes micro-enterprises. This was in recognition that, even though micro enterprises are critical as a major contributor towards […]

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MAP MSME Malawi Diagnostic 2019 Report

This report captures the findings of the country context, demand-side, supply-side, and policy and regulatory reviews. The rest of this chapter describes the approach that was employed and the timelines of the project. Chapter Two provides the macroeconomic, demographic, infrastructure, and political context of Malawi. Chapter Three details the current and expected policy and regulatory […]

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South Africa to the rest of SADC Remittance Pricing report

In the South Africa to the rest of SADC Remittance Pricing report, presented are the findings from a mystery shopping exercise designed to evaluate the current price of remitting from South Africa to other Southern African Development Community (SADC) nations. However, we also included insights into regional regulatory environments and product innovation currently shaping SA […]

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SADC Remittance Values and Volumes 2020 report

Remittances are also an important component of access to finance. Informal remittance markets in many countries are well established but often expose the remitter to delays and the risk of theft and other losses. Formalising these markets is central to the wider objective of improving access to finance in the region, which is central to […]

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2019 Annual Report

We revisit our purpose of Making financial markets work for the poor by promoting financial inclusion and inclusive growth in the 2019 Annual Report. At FMT we constantly ask ourselves how we can better impact the lives of the poor in the region. In answering this question, it has become clear that financial inclusion is […]

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FinScope Consumer Survey Gambia 2019 Pocket Guide

The FinScope Gambia 2019 survey is a research diagnostic meant to support the government of The Gambia and UNCDF in developing the National Financial Inclusion Strategy and other related activities. At country level, the survey is a collaboration with Government, other key stakeholders and donors to ensure an inclusive, holistic process. FinScope Gambia represents a partnership […]

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The First SADC Gender Workshop Report

SADC Secretariat, SADC Banking Association, FinMark Trust, FSD Mozambique, FSD Tanzania, FSD Zambia and Graça Machel Trust convened a 2-day SADC regional gender workshop which brought together key stakeholders in the women’s financial inclusion agenda including financial sector regulators, ministries of gender/women’s affairs, ministries of finance, private sector, development partners, gender and financial inclusion experts […]

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The Fourth SADC Financial Inclusion Forum Report

The fourth SADC Financial Inclusion Forum was held this year to further advance the aspirations of the SADC Strategy on Financial Inclusion and SME access to finance. This year’s Forum was held on the 24 – 25th July 2019 at Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg South Africa under the theme “From Strategy to Implementation”. This forum […]

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Applying the Risk Based Approach in South Africa Report

The risk based approach is a new practice within the AML/CFT field (since 2012). There exists a uniform and across-the-board perception within the AML/CFT community that remittances (particularly cross-border remittances) are by definition more susceptible to ML/TF risks than are other financial products and services. However, there has hitherto also been a lack of decisive […]

Inclusion Policy Coordination and Advocacy
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Inequality in middle income countries: A financial inclusion...

This presentation is on inequality in middle income countries: A financial inclusion lens using FinScope. A large proportions of the population in SADC remain very poor and most people don’t have a formal, consistent income source. The poor are more vulnerable to health shocks, and less able to cope with shocks the poor are less able […]

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Zimbabwe Financial Inclusion Forum 2019 Report

Following the launch of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) in March 2016, and half-way through the implementation period, it became necessary to reflect and take stock, learn from experiences to date and refocus activities to ensure attainment of the desired goals and objectives. In this regard, the three major financial sector regulatory authorities in Zimbabwe, […]

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Measuring Progress: Financial inclusion in SADC – 2019...

The MAP country implementation is a key pillar of the SADC Financial Inclusion strategy, implemented with the SADC Secretariat and the SADC Committee for Central Bank Governors (CCBG). The SADC CCBG as part of the 2020 strategy committed to a repository of statistics to measure domestic and regional financial inclusion on the basis of our […]

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FinScope Benin Youth 2019 dashboard (French)

La majorité des jeunes (76%) trouvent qu’il est difficile de gérer des engagements financiers. En comparaison, le pourcentage de personnes seniors trouvant qu’il est difficile de maintenir des engagements financiers est légèrement plus élevé (79%). En dépit de revenus mensuels moyens plus bas chez les jeunes, une proportion légèrement plus élevée (20%) trouvent plus facile […]

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FinScope Benin Youth 2019 dashboard

The majority of the youth (76%) find it difficult to cope with financial commitments. This compares to the slightly higher proportion (79%) of seniors that find it difficult to keep up with financial commitments. Despite, lower average monthly income among the youth, a slightly higher proportion of them (20%) found it easier to keep up […]

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