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Updating the South Africa-SADC remittance channel estimates

Remittance markets comprise both a commercial opportunity for financial sector operators, and an important means of supporting impoverished communities. In 2012 FinMark Trust commissioned an exercise to estimate the size of remittance flows from South Africa, which is a key regional hub for economic migration, to the various countries in the Southern African Development Community […]

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Baseline Financial Literacy Survey Seychelles 2016 Report

The Central Bank of Seychelles (CBS) and the Financial Services Authority (FSA) commissioned FinMark Trust to undertake a Baseline Survey on Financial Literacy. The purpose of the baseline study was to measure the level of financial literacy amongst the population and provide an assessment of the needs of the population including the identification of possible […]

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FinScope 2015 Consumer Survey India – Under the Poores...

FinScope Consumer India (PSIG) 2015 is the first financial inclusion survey of the Poorest States Inclusive Growth (PSIG) in which a representational cross-section of adult Indians were interviewed comprehensively about their financial behaviour, familiarity with financial terminology and their use of financial services. A total of 16,000 households were covered by the survey from which […]

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Cross-Border Remittances 2016

The World Bank estimates that in 2016 remittances from migrant workers to developing countries will be worth USD 440 billion. More than twice that of foreign aid. Remittances play a critical role in supporting the welfare for many individuals and households in developing countries. Moreover, remittances can contribute to economic growth, with research indicating that […]

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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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Financial literacy and savings decisions by adult financial ...

We use survey data from a sample of 4000 adult financial consumers in Zimbabwe to analyse the determinants of financial literacy and its effect on individual?s savings decisions. Results show that women have lower financial literacy than men. Furthermore, individuals? residing in rural areas exhibit lower financial literacy compared with urban financial consumers. Financial literacy […]

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2016 Annual Report

This year’s review traces the overall progress made by FinMark Trust in the implementation of its programme to “make financial markets work for the poor”. As a reminder to our readers, our 2015-2020 strategy is anchored on (i) regional financial integration (ii) financial inclusion and (iii) global thought leadership. Under each of these pillars we […]

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Effective Health Financing Models in SADC: Three Case Studie...

The SADC region faces challenges in the provision of health services relating to limited financial and human resources. As such, access to appropriate and affordable healthcare is often sub-optimal, especially in public and rural areas. This report reviews three cases pre-funding mechanisms to draw lessons on the potential role of different health financing vehicles in […]

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Challenges & Opportunities for Health Finance in South ...

Pre-funded healthcare in South Africa, as the principle vehicle for access to private healthcare, is inaccessible to the bulk of the population. This study unpacks some of the regulatory and supply side reasons that drive affordability challenges from the perspective of the low income consumer, with a view to stimulate debate on the necessary conditions […]

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Agricultural Subsidies in SADC Countries

FinMark Trust has commissioned this research as part of its broader mandate to improve financial inclusion of the poor. In this case, given the significance of the agricultural sector in most Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, the stated purpose has been to assist SADC and SADC states to make informed decisions regarding the payment […]

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Agricultural Subsidies in SADC Countries

FinMark Trust has commissioned this research as part of its broader mandate to improve financial inclusion of the poor. In this case, given the significance of the agricultural sector in most Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, the stated purpose has been to assist SADC and SADC states to make informed decisions regarding the payment […]

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Cutting Corners at a Most Vulnerable Time

With the details of the South African micro insurance regulatory framework soon to be finalised, questions still remain as to how best to approach formalisation and enforcement of informal funeral parlours. Previous research showed that enforcement will not be an easy task, as it is a fragmented industry where informal insurance is key to many […]

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SADC Financial Inclusion Strategy Workshop Report

FinMark Trust, in collaboration with the SADC Secretariat hosted a SADC financial inclusion strategy workshop in February 2016. The workshop which was represented by 14 countries was the result of the Report on Financial Inclusion (FI), where the Ministers of Finance and Investment directed the SADC Secretariat to partner with FinMark Trust to develop a […]

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Consumer protection in SADC

Worldwide, countries have been increasing their efforts to expand the financial services sector, particularly to low income consumers. However, increasing access to financial services also increases the risk of loss and exploitation on the part of the consumer. In order to minimise these risks and protect consumers, and to ensure that FSPs act in an […]

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An Excluded Society? Financial Inclusion in SADC through the...

This book titled “An Excluded Society? Financial Inclusion in SADC through the FinScope Lenses” provides an in-depth analysis of the current state of financial inclusion in the twelve Southern African Development Community (SADC) states. It contains informative and diverse reviews from industry experts on the challenges and opportunities that regulators and the private sector ought […]

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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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2015 Annual Report

As more evidence is emerging on the positive link between financial inclusion and improved livelihoods of the poor, more countries around the world have embarked on financial inclusion strategies to improve access to and usage of financial services and products. The ultimate aim is to unlock the economic and social potential of the unbanked population […]

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FinScope Mozambique consumer survey 2014

FinScope Mozambique 2014 is the second national financial inclusion survey, following that of 2009, in which a representational cross-section of adult Mozambicans have been interviewed comprehensively about their financial behaviour, familiarity with financial terminology and their use of financial services. A total of 3928 households were covered by the survey from which one person from […]

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