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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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Malawi Digital Financial ID Feasibility Assessment

The World Bank’s ID4D Programme estimates that 375 million adults in developing countries are excluded from formal financial services. This is on account of unavailability of a suitable proof of identity as per know your customer (KYC) requirements (ID4D 2016). This gap can only be bridged by the development of a trusted identity system that […]

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Hackathon: Innovations for Mobile Financial Services (OneMon...

The OneMoney Hackathon was held at the TelOne Centre for Learning from the 13th -15th July 2018, a product of the partnership between FinMark Trust, NetOne, TelOne, Elevate Trust and ZimHack. The competition aimed to promote product innovations for inclusive financial services within the mobile financial services sector, with a particular focus on poor and […]

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Hackathon: 2018 Lesotho SIMM Hackathon Report

Access to formal and semi-formal financial services is limited in Lesotho, especially for low-income and rural populations. The majority of Basotho are excluded from the formal credit system, while restricted accessibility and high pricing of banking products further limits uptake. The Lesotho Government has identified a lack of access to financial services as a major […]

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Lesotho MAP financial inclusion roadmap

This roadmap document is produced as part of a series of documents in the Making Access Possible (MAP) Lesotho initiative. MAP Lesotho was conducted as a result of a formal request by the Government of Lesotho, via the Ministry of Finance in August 2013. The MAP project is formally hosted by the Ministry of Finance, […]

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Impact Evaluation of Savings Groups and Stokvels in South Af...

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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Financial Inclusion in SADC

The financial inclusion indicators are constructed from 14 SADC countries using findings of the FinScope Consumer surveys. This fact sheet contains an updated summary of the book named “An excluded society” and as such it provides key fact about financial inclusion in the SADC region.

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SADC Mobile Money Guidelines

Mobile Money has evolved as a utility to provide financial services largely to the unbanked population. Its success in certain emerging markets and countries with unsophisticated banking infra-structure has been unprecedented. The aim of the project is to develop Mobile Money guidelines to assist SADC Member States with principles to facilitate the harmonisation of their […]

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FinScope Myanmar 2018 Launch Presentation

Myanmar has achieved significant strides through Government policy in supporting increasing access to financial services which is a major goal of the Myanmar Government as reflected in Article 3 of the Microfinance Law. The Government recognises the role played by the financial sector in driving economic growth through enhanced access to financial services. With the […]

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FinScope MSME Survey Eswatini 2017 Report

The Government of Eswatini has been working towards the development of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector. This is clear from the SMME Policy (2009), Micro Finance policy, Financial Sector Development Implementation Plan, Financial Sector Development Strategy and National Financial Inclusion Strategy. This report is prepared to provide insight into the Eswatini MSME […]

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Understanding Global Remittances Corridors in the Democratic...

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has a long standing history of migrant flows, and historically flows to and from Europe have been of particular importance. However, substantial political and economic upheavals from the 1990s onwards have been associated with major changes to the pattern of Congolese migration. Congolese emigrants increased in numbers, were increasingly […]

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Understanding Global Remittances Corridors in the Democratic...

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has a long standing history of migrant flows, and historically flows to and from Europe have been of particular importance. However, substantial political and economic upheavals from the 1990s onwards have been associated with major changes to the pattern of Congolese migration. Congolese emigrants increased in numbers, were increasingly […]

SADC Payments and Remittances