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Mapping Financial Access Points in Lesotho

Measurement of financial inclusion (FI) has been informed by indicators of barriers to financial services (access), benchmarking and monitoring levels of uptake, assessing levels of usage, monitoring the quality of services provided and diagnosing the financial health of users. Countries with explicit FI policies tend to develop monitoring and evaluation frameworks which in turn is […]

SADC FI
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The Value of Savings Groups and Stokvels for Financial Inclu...

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 […]

SA FI
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The Value of Savings Groups and Stokvels for Financial Inclu...

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 […]

SA FI
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More Namibians become financially included

This article was released in The Namibian on 14 August 2018 in The Bottom Line, page 11. Written by Charmaine Ngatjiheue. Namibians who do not have access to financial services stood at 22% in 2017, down from 31% in 2011 and 51% in 2007. This is according to the Namibian Financial Inclusion Survey (NFIS) of 2017, which […]

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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.

FinScope
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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 […]

SADC FI
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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 […]

FinScope Consumer
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Jump-starting mobile money innovation for the advancement of...

A financially inclusive system serves every individual’s needs by empowering them to manage liquidity, achieve goals and face shocks, ultimately contributing to an improved quality of life. The use of formal financial services is limited in Lesotho, particularly for low-income and rural populations (69% of Basotho adults are estimated to live in rural areas [1]). […]

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FinMark Trust to open an office in Zimbabwe

This content was released on Business Weekly Zimbabwe 22 – 29 June 2018 in Company News, page 3. Written by Kudzanai Sharara. FinMark Trust, an independent trust established to promote financial inclusion and regional financial integration, has announced its plans to set up base in Zimbabwe. FinMark Trust, which provides evidence based data to support the […]

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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 FI
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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