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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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#BlackFriday blues!

we buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like”. This holds particularly true for financially stressed South African consumers. A famous quote by Dave Ramsey states “we buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like”. This holds particularly true […]

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Closing the gap between uptake and usage of financial produc...

Why is it that 80 percent of bank account holders in Madagascar only use their accounts once a month or less?What makes the parents of a child requiring unforeseen medical treatment in the DRC choose to approach their mutualitée(a local form of informal mutual aid society) for a loan despite access to a microfinance institution or local bank?If […]

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The joy of mobile survey design

Written by Shirley Jeoffreys-Leach. Shirley is a researcher within the data team at the insight2impact (i2i) data facility. I designed a mobile survey today and really enjoyed it. You might be thinking: of course it is satisfying, it is easy. But that really isn’t the case. Mobile surveys, and in this case SMS mobile surveys, require a different approach, […]

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2017 Annual Report

The past financial year has been a period of change and renewal for FinMark Trust (FMT). We celebrated our fifteenth year of service and pioneering work on innovative approaches to financial inclusion globally. We also marked this important milestone by reviewing our impact, relevance and positioning. This was important to ensure that we remain relevant […]

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FinScope MSME Survey Swaziland Pocket Guide

The MSME sector is recognised as an 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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New facts and figures from FinScope MSME Survey Swaziland 20...

Mbabane, 24 August 2017. The Micro Finance Unit, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Finance, in 2015 commissioned for the first time in Swaziland, the FinScope MSME Survey Swaziland 2017. The survey was conducted between October 2016 and March 2017. The Survey amongst other things sought to determine the performance of the MSME sector as well […]

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The Second SADC Financial Inclusion Indaba

FinMark Trust, in partnership with SADC Secretariat and the SADC Banking Association is proud to have co-hosted the second Financial Inclusion Indaba on the 13th and 14th of July in Centurion, South Africa. Across the African continent, governments have begun to realise the pivotal role financial inclusion can play in combatting poverty and contributing to inclusive […]

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The Impact of Remittances in Lesotho, Malawi and Zimbabwe

Households in sub-Saharan Africa have a long tradition of cross-border migration and associated remittances. During periods of economic or political instability, or simply when opportunities at home are scarce, the funds remitted by migrants are a lifeline that can help keep food on the table, children at school, and roofs over heads. However, from an […]

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Cross-Border Remittance Pricing

This report was commissioned by FinMark Trust and carried out through Genesis to assess the cost of cross-border remittances in South Africa. Using a new approach based on conducting actual cross-border transactions, the report verifies the pricing offered to customers in the market and compares this cost to other studies conducted by the World Bank […]

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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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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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Workshop on Policy Development Research in the Greater Mekon...

The Head of Information and Research, Dr Kingstone Mutsonziwa provided insights into the landscape of financial inclusion in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) using the lens of FinScope’s nationally representative surveys. The presentation was presented in Bangkok, Thailand at the International Workshop on Policy Development Research in the Greater Mekong Subregion hosted by the Puey […]

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